Transform your child's experience of math!
Filled with stories and illustrations, Let's Play Math offers a practical, activity-filled exploration of what it means to learn math. A mixture of educational philosophy, inspiration, and coffee-chat wisdom.
Bestselling author Denise Gaskins provides helpful tips for all families with children from preschool or high school, whether they are homeschooling, unschooling, or attending a traditional classroom.
Even if you struggled with math in school, you can help your kids practice mental math skills, master the basic facts, and ask the kind of questions that encourage deeper thought.
- How to Understand Math: Introduce your children to the thrill of conquering a challenge. Build deep understanding by thinking, playing, and asking questions like a mathematician.
- Playful Problem Solving: Awaken your children's minds to the beauty and wonder of mathematics. Discover the social side of math, and learn games for players of all ages.
- Math with Living Books: See how mathematical ideas ebb and flow through the centuries with this brief tour through history. Can your kids solve puzzles from China, India, or Ancient Egypt?
- Let's Get Practical: Fit math into your family's daily life, help your children develop mental calculation skills, and find out what to try when your child struggles.
- Resources and References: With so many library books and Internet sites, you'll never run out of playful mathematical adventures.
All parents and teachers share one goal: we want our children to understand and be able to use math. Your children will gain a strong foundation when you approach math as a family game, playing with ideas.
Don't let your children suffer from the epidemic of math anxiety. Grab a copy of Let's Play Math, and start enjoying math today.
|Publisher:||Tabletop Academy Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
As author of the popular blog Let's Play Math, Denise helps parents and teachers open their students' eyes to the variety and richness of mathematics. Her articles and books explore the adventure of learning math as a mental game, playing with ideas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Your relationship with math will transform after reading Gaskin's book, "Let's Play Math". Whether you have math anxiety or consider yourself a mathematical person, this book will take you to new heights and help you engage your kids in games that not only teach math but foster a deeper, practical, hands-on understanding better than any textbook could offer. By exploring math in a playful way you kids will be happy to learn and discover an enjoyment of math in the process. You might even have fun too! A must have in any family library.
Math is often one of the most challenging subjects for students, whether in a classroom or homeschool setting. While some may not concur, most people feel that the development of math skills obviously involves a lot of rote memorization especially in the early grades, but learning math should include much more. Enter author Denise Gaskins. In Let’s Play Math, she sets forth the philosophy and theory behind her “Math You Can Play” series, challenging our thinking about how to approach math and giving concrete examples. The eleven chapters are divided into four sections: “How to Understand Math;” “Playful Problem-Solving” (“Math You Can Play,” “Math You Can Touch,” and “Math That Makes You Think”); “Math with Living Books” (the chapter on “4,000 Years of Stumpers” is especially interesting); and “Let’s Get Practical” (with a very practical chapter on “Transition to High School Math”). There are also several appendices, including lists of “living” math books for all ages and math resources on the Internet. One may not agree with every observation or suggestion that Denise, who is a homeschooling mom of five, makes. And not everyone will be as all-out gung-ho about math as Denise is—each of us has different gifts. But parents and teachers who are interested in providing a good mathematics background for their students will find many excellent ideas in this book.