Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math, Even if You Don't: Revised Edition

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In America today, many elementary school teachers are woefully unprepared to teach math. Parents are their children's primary hope. With Math Power any child can overcome mediocre math teaching in school and parental math anxiety at home. Pat Kenschaft, a mathematician and mother of two, shares with parents her easy-to-follow and concrete strategies for teaching math concepts. Her lively techniques-including games, questions, conversations, and specific math activities-are ...
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Overview

In America today, many elementary school teachers are woefully unprepared to teach math. Parents are their children's primary hope. With Math Power any child can overcome mediocre math teaching in school and parental math anxiety at home. Pat Kenschaft, a mathematician and mother of two, shares with parents her easy-to-follow and concrete strategies for teaching math concepts. Her lively techniques-including games, questions, conversations, and specific math activities-are tailored for children from preschool age to ten years old.

Kenschaft shows parents how to assess the math education their children are getting at school. She argues that rote learning and standardized testing cripple a child's natural love of learning, and she shows how parents can effectively supplement their children's math education at home.

Math Power-now with a detailed appendix for homeschoolers-is the only book by a mathematician for parents of young children. It gives parents the tools they need to help their children achieve academic and real-world success.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780132205948
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition vii
Preface to the First Edition xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Part I Empowering You
1 Math Power: Who, What, Why, and How 3
2 The Flower: What Is Mathematical Ability? Where Does It Come From? 14
3 How Math Blooms 27
4 The Wonderful Concept of Three and How It Changes 40
5 Tending the Garden: Questions and Answers 47
Part II Getting Started with Your Child
6 Fun and Games with Preschoolers 63
7 Nurturing Preschool Promise 69
8 Language, the Slippery Bridge 82
Part III Your Child Starts School
9 Primary-Grade Success 97
10 Math Topics Your School May Not Teach But You Can 111
11 What Your Child Should Know: Modern NCTM Standards 125
12 What Your Child Should Know: Traditional Checklist 135
13 Getting Along with Your Child's Teachers 147
14 The Fifth Grade Crisis 159
Part IV Why so Many Children Are Damaged
15 Covenant Dishonored: Three Theories of Educational Reform 173
16 How Drill and Kill Cripples U.S. Math Education 186
17 Why Drill and Kill Holds U.S. Math Education Hostage 198
18 What Every Parent Should Know About Testing and Grading 205
19 The Underside of U.S. Testing 221
Part V Tweaking the Machine
20 Together We Can Do Much More: Creating a Climate 235
21 Structural Change for Your District and State: Mathematical Renaissance 246
22 Will the Real Mathematics Stand Up and Be Recognized? 258
Appendices 266
A National Policy Documents 266
B Organizations 268
C For Homeschoolers 268
D Catalogs and Web Sites for All Parents 272
E Games 273
Annotated Bibliography 275
Notes 284
Index 310
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