- Paperback: 380 pages
- Publisher: Natural Math; Reprint edition (March 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977693937
- ISBN-13: 978-0977693931
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Playing with Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers brings together the stories of over thirty authors who share their math enthusiasm with their communities, families, or students. After every chapter is a puzzle, game, or activity to get you and your kids playing with math too. MATH CIRCLES: Julia and Maria conduct math circles with young children. Jamylle creates a math circle for African American middle-school students. Bob and Ellen take their math circle into a prison. Colleen discovers the power of games at her after-school math center. Sue opens her home up for families to play with math. Nancy creates a math festival. HOMESCHOOLERS: Julie learns from her kids how differently each child learns math. Jimmie hesitantly dips her toe in the water, and moves her daughter toward a living math approach. Tiff, the math hater, discovers beauty in math. PASSIONATE TEACHERS: Michelle teaches math with the help of three-toed dinosaurs, while Friedrich gets his help from vampires. Pilar begs parents to let their kids discover mathematical truths without being shown our grown-up shortcuts too quickly. WHO'S THIS BOOK FOR? Parents, grandparents, teachers, math enthusiasts, math-haters who don't want to pass their affliction on, ... Everyone! Thoughtful stories, puzzles, games, and activities will give you new insights. Join us - we're playing with math!
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The book is divided into four sections including: 1. Math Circles and More: Celebrating Math; 2. Homeschoolers Do Math; 3. Passionate Teachers: In The Classroom; and 4. Resources. Each section starts with a brief introduction followed by stories from a variety of authors. Each story is followed by an example of various math games, puzzles and problems for you to try.
In Math Circles and More, I learned that groups of people gather to work on math problems together. There are math circles, math clubs, and math festivals. Math lovers even put together math trails where they map out an area and provide math questions that can be answered by observing that surrounding area. Go figure! (...no pun intended :) I had no idea that people actually gather to solve math problems for fun. Math Circles and More provides unique stories by people who have started or participated in these groups. I was inspired at the possibility of gathering in a math club.
Homeschoolers Do Math starts off with stories from bloggers you may recognize, Julie Brennan of Living Math! and Jimmie Lanley from Jimmie's Collage and the Notebooking Fairy. Both ladies, among others, share anecdotes about doing math while homeschooling. Each mom shares her journey on helping their child become successful with math, from overcoming personal fears, to turning math haters into math lovers.
The stories of Passionate Teachers are shared in section three. These teachers rise above standardized tests, government mandates, and misc. grading policies to help children succeed with math both in the classroom and for life. The introduction states, "Good teachers have always worked valiantly to provide a rich learning environment for the children in their care, and to overcome the limitations imposed by the structure of schooling. In this section, you’ll get a peek at a few teachers who discuss their work and their struggles online. One of the themes is how textbooks get in the way. We’ve ceded much of our power to textbook publishers, and finding ways to move beyond the textbook can be very powerful." As a homeschooler, I can personally say that I've let textbooks rule my way for teaching math because of insecurity. I think homeschoolers and classroom teachers alike can glean from the wisdom here.
Finally, the Resource section is packed with a plethora of ideas to support you whether you are a novice or math aficionado. There are online resources and living math book lists. I enjoyed perusing the Meet the Author section. I can see Playing with Math being very popular amongst math lovers and not so much math lovers looking for a survival resource. It appears to have something for everyone.