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on 19 March 2003
The book is a source of activties for busy parents or those who do not know how to teach basic maths skills to children through their games. The activities include reinforcing concepts such as finding hidden totals, counting back, number stories, doubling, halves of quatities, sorting, sharing and grouping along with early basic skills such as plus and minus and addition as the combination of groups of objects and with sums. The book is like an activity/work book to be done by the children. Each of the concept is given two pages with different activities and describing the same concepts in a variety of way. A note for parents at the top of the page gives you an explanation of the concept and describes how you can work with your kid on that activity. A part of the book deals with maths in real life situations such as at the shops and at the markets. The best feature of the book is that each and every concept is supplemented by the games and activities that can be created when you play with your kid at home or talk with him to encourage the learning while driving. The activities are very kid friendly and the illustrations and situations to explain these concepts are very attravtive. Kids' own play items like lego blocks, their small toys or buttons at home can be used for these activities. If you want your kid to practice written sums for maths then I would recommend Carol Voderman's Maths made easy series but this book develops math concepts through interaction between paerents and child with these activities. This can be easily adopted for class room settings also for national curriculum. I highly recommend this book to parents who are looking for some educational activities to enjoy with their kids and enhance their learning development process through play. Thank you Letts for bringing out such a comprehensive book. I am now keen to buy some other books in the series.
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