- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: Tabletop Academy Press (18 Feb. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1892083205
- ISBN-13: 978-1892083203
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 929,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Let's Play Math: How Families Can Learn Math Together and Enjoy It Paperback – 18 Feb 2016
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About the Author
Denise Gaskins is a veteran homeschooling mother of five who has taught or tutored at every level from preschool to undergraduate physics. She loves math, and she delights in sharing that love with young people. "Math is not just rules and rote memory," Denise says. "Math is like ice cream, with more flavors than you can imagine. And if all you ever do is textbook math, that's like eating broccoli-flavored ice cream!" 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.
Top Customer Reviews
The next part of the book is a more practical guide for ways to 'play' at maths. There are descriptions of games, from those as simple as noughts and crosses to adapted card games. There are suggestions of manipulatives and ways to use them - exploring geometry with tangrams, games with graph paper or compasses. I love the ideas for verbal games and chats you can have any time, like guess the number - "Add half of me to myself and you get six - what am I?". We play these in the car, or at the table - and the most important rule is always let your kids ask the questions too! Of course you learn even more from posing a question than from trying to figure one out. Mine love to use huge numbers like a million googleplex, assuming the bigger the number the harder the question!Read more ›
I bought Let's Play Math because I am home educating my 6 year old daughter and wanting to get more confident with maths as her interest in numbers and ideas was growing. I know the way maths is usually taught in schools is limited and unhelpful but I didn't know what the alternative was. Denise Gaskins writes in a very clear, encouraging way, offering games and resources that my daughter loves. Reading this has changed the way I think about maths forever and I feel so much better resourced to support my daughter and her friends to explore the exciting world of maths.
This book is written for home educators and I believe it is an essential resource for us all. However I think it is also hugely relevant for school teachers and other educators - it could revolutionise the way maths is taught to children.
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The book helps parents understand what Math really is about, what fun there is in it, and how school managed to kill our potential love for it. Along the way, readers will learn games and kinds of behavior they can adopt to develop a Math sense in their children. They will also realize that if a person has the "Math feeling", no academic subject will be harsh to her, and they will want their children to have this singular advantage.
Classical students or homeschoolers will love this book, because it is about using Math to develop intelligence, to make the mind stronger, to be better, so to speak. A motto for this book could be "be a Math genius, content will follow". Naturally, classical students think this way about every academic discipline, and will find a friend in this astounding work.
Now, being a mom myself, I was looking for ideas of how to teach math to my son. It's really nice to get so many resources in one book. I have being using suggested games and websites right away with a great success. This is a great resource for parents,who actively participate in their children education. It's very inspiring.
Thank you for sharing.
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