Games for Mathby Peggy Kaye
At a time when the poor math performance of American school children has labeled us a "nation of underachievers," what can parents--often themselves daunted by the mysteries of mathematics--do to help their children? In Games for Math, Peggy Kaye--teacher extraordinaire and author of the highly praised Games for Reading--gives parents more than fifty/i>/i>… See more details below
At a time when the poor math performance of American school children has labeled us a "nation of underachievers," what can parents--often themselves daunted by the mysteries of mathematics--do to help their children? In Games for Math, Peggy Kaye--teacher extraordinaire and author of the highly praised Games for Reading--gives parents more than fifty marvelous and effective ways to help their children learn math by doing just what kids love best: playing games.
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As a former elementary school teacher, I was very particular when seeking out books to try with my son. I found many 'games' that taught math concepts, but most were dry attempts to add fun to rote tasks. This book is different. The games really are fun and each teaches a discreet skill that helps the child understand a broader concept. The author works with individual children, working to understand exactly what it is that's giving them trouble in (or exciting them about) math. She finds the issue, then creates a game designed to address that issue. This collection is based on her experience and is widely applicable. One example is a game to teach place value. The child and the adult each has a paper divided into three sections: yellow, green, and red. They take turns rolling dice, taking the number of yellow chips indicated by the dice. (Note that the dice throwing reinforces quick addition fact memorization.) When a player has ten yellow chips, he or she can turn them in for one green chip. Ten green chips equal a red chip. The first one to get a red chip wins! This is a great introduction to or reinforcement for the concept of carrying. It can be played in reverse to teach the notion of borrowing. Every game in the book is as well thought-out, and enjoyable. She includes variations for increased skill levels and offers several games for each concept, which helps make the book adaptable for students with varying interests. I so appreciate having this resource to use with my son and to recommend to other parents whose children need more math practice. Thanks, Peggy!
I use Games for Math as part of my homeschool program each week. Divided up by grade and skills, it's easy to use and the games take little prep. So far my kids love the crafting activities and the number toss games. It's a great way to work on skills in a new and fun way. I highly recommend all of Peggy Kaye's books for Parents and teachers.
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