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Math Magic for Your Kids: Hundreds of Games and Exercises from the Human Calculator to Make Math Fun and Easy
     

Math Magic for Your Kids: Hundreds of Games and Exercises from the Human Calculator to Make Math Fun and Easy

by Scott Flansburg
 

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In Math Magic, his New York Times bestseller, Scoff Flansburg demonstrated his universal ability to make math fun and easy for adults. Now in Math Magic for Your Kids, the Human Calculator does the same for elementary school children.

Measuring flour for a birthday cake, setting the dinner table, counting change — learning these simple

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In Math Magic, his New York Times bestseller, Scoff Flansburg demonstrated his universal ability to make math fun and easy for adults. Now in Math Magic for Your Kids, the Human Calculator does the same for elementary school children.

Measuring flour for a birthday cake, setting the dinner table, counting change — learning these simple skills daunts millions of children. And helping them along can be frustrating for parents. In Math Magic for Your Kids, Scott Flansburg comes to the rescue. With entertaining games and tricks, this proven method helps kids develop a positive attitude about numbers, the necessary foundation on which they will build math skills for the rest of their education. Children will discover hours of independent amusement, while parents will find activities they can do with their children to supplement their schoolwork and to help them get better grades, including:

  • Innovative counting exercises that teach addition and subtraction
  • Writing activities that reinforce math concepts
  • Shortcut methods that provide "magic tricks" for learning math skills
  • Riddles and puzzles that activate logic and math basics
  • Games and drills that introduce and perfect multiplication and division

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book, whose author (Mathmagic: The Human Calculator, LJ 5/15/93) may be a familiar face from his TV infomercials, is supposed to be used by parents to help elementary school children master arithmetic with whole numbers from one to 12. Yet it is hard to imagine any parent actually making it to the end of this exercise, as it plods through the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of each individual number, one at a time, using extremely repetitious cartoon illustrations to take up space along the way. Flansburg's nave pedagogy doesn't seem more imaginative or encouraging than the type of exercises found in ordinary textbooks. The presentation is jumbled, and some of the instructions seem poorly thought out, as when he illustrates division with a picture of two shoes divided by two other shoes (it may make sense for addition, but how do you divide shoes into each other?) or suggests as an activity: "Take your children to the library and introduce them to the stories of Washington Irving" (what does that have to do with math?). Not recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/96.]-Amy Brunvand, Univ. of Utah Lib., Salt Lake City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060977313
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
HARPER
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
286,550
Product dimensions:
7.37(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)

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This book is designed to be "user-friendly"—appealing and instructive for both children and their parents. While the instruction in this book is based on solid, proven methods, some conventional techniques, such as "carrying" in two-digit addition or subtraction, have been omitted in favor of other strategies. Also, since the focus of this book is to enrich a child's mastery of arithmetic with whole numbers from 1 through 12, neither fractions nor negative numbers are used.

To ensure that your child receives the maximum benefit from Math Magic for Your Kids, we recommend that you follow these guidelines:

If your child does not read, spend twenty to thirty minutes a day (an average of three pages) reading this book with him or her. If your child does read, spend fifteen minutes a day reviewing the activities with him or her.

Set goals with your child of completing certain pages or sections in specified time periods. One example is to complete the addition activities for the number 5 in two 15-minute work sessions. Each time your child completes a chapter, make it a special occasion-something of which you can both be proud! Consider taking your child to the park for bicycling or skating, or fixing a favorite meal for dinner that night.

Tell your child's teacher that you are working with your child on this book, and that it is designed to supplement rather than replace the content and experiences acquired in school. If necessary, describe some of the unique ways in which arithmetic is done in this book. Keep communication lines open with teachers, and keep it positive!

Make this experience as much fun for your child as possible, continuallyhelping him or her to observe and profit from math concepts in everyday life. For example, you could reinforce your child's grasp of addition by having him or her help you estimate the grocery bill while shopping. Or, you can work on multiplication skills by having your child help you plan a picnic menu ("If six people are coming, and if each person will want to eat two pickles, how many should we bring?"). Specific suggestions and ideas for each number are given in every chapter, and are indicated by the Close to Home icon.

Excerpted from Math Magic for Your Kids. Copyright ) 1997 by The Human Calculator, Inc.

Meet the Author

Scott Flansburg is the author of the bestselling book Math Magic. His lectures and his video, Turn on the Human Calculator in You, have helped countless children and adults learn the power of math. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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