- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pi Press; Rev. Ed edition (3 Oct. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132205947
- ISBN-13: 978-0132205948
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.2 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,861,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math, Even If You Don't Paperback – 3 Oct 2005
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From the Back Cover
HELP YOUR CHILD LOVE MATH
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.
"Pat Kenschaft's love for mathematics comes across in this dynamic guide for parents. This should be required reading for all parents of elementary schoolchildren."
―MAX A. SOBEL, former president, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
"When I was reading Math Power, I didn't want to put it down until I got all I could from it."
―ANGELA MCBRIDE, president, Parents' Advisory Council for Children with Special Needs, Newark, New Jersey Public Schools
"This book contains explicit, easy-to-follow instructions that can be used successfully by even the least mathematical adult to help children learn math and to see it in the world around them."
―SUE GELLER, professor of mathematics and director of Honors Programs in Mathematics, Texas A & M University
"Thank goodness for a book which fills in the gaps between 'how to' and theory. Parents who want to help their child's growth in understanding, appreciation, and love for mathematics must add Math Power to their book collection!"
―EVA L. EVANS, Ph.D., international president, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
"I hope many parents will read this valuable book. It shows how parents can set positive switches in their kids that will help them enjoy mathematics both in school and out."
―HENRY POLLACK, former president, Mathematical Association of America
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About the Author
Patricia Clark Kenschaft is professor of mathematics at Montclair State University in New Jersey. In addition to teaching university students, she has taught mathematics to thousands of elementary schoolchildren. She is the author or coauthor of 8 books on math, including the forthcoming CHANGE IS POSSIBLE: Stories of Women and Minorities in Mathematics.
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When she was little I didn't stop counting to "5" just because her preschool toys only went that far. we counted everything so she could hear number-words associated with different objects and understand there was something more than identifying a noun going on.
This book was instrumental in my approach to math education at a very early age. Understand that some kids may be listening to you talk even when you don't think they are. Say that you "hate math" or "never understood it" and you are starting to close the door for you child. But keep your mind open to building a better future for your child by trying to learn with them to build math concepts into every day activities and you will begin to build a child with appreciation for logic and number. Truly a gift for the next generation.
I wish that every parent who brings home a baby would get a copy of this book and at least consider adding math enthusiasm into their vocabularies - to give their kids the opportunity to love such a misunderstood approach to life/thinking.
Ms. Kenschaft handles the topic well and while it would be nice if there were more practical application suggestions, perhaps this book is laying the foundation for the next generation to write it! ;)
You will also obtain a better understanding of how professional mathematicians work and solve problems.