All parents and teachers have one thing in common: we want our children to understand and be able to use math. Counting, multiplication, fractions, geometry—these topics are older than the pyramids. So why is mathematical mastery so elusive?
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Written by a veteran homeschooling mom, "Let's Play Math" offers a wealth of practical, hands-on ideas for exploring math from preschool to high school. Whether you want to balance and enrich a traditional curriculum or launch an off-road mathematical adventure of your own, this book helps you:
• Introduce your children to the "Aha!" factor, the thrill of conquering a challenge.
• Explore living books and activities that will awaken your children's minds to the beauty and fun of mathematics.
• Build thinking skills with toys, games, and library books.
• Find out how to choose math manipulatives or to make your own.
• And learn how to tackle story problems with confidence.
True mathematical thinking involves the same creative reasoning that children use to solve puzzles. Your children will build a stronger foundation of understanding when you approach math as a family game, playing with ideas.
Combined with all the linked resources, this book is going to transform how I teach my kids maths. No more dabbling in "real maths" but then running back to the workbooks when anxiety strikes—with this approach I can teach my kids to think like mathematicians without worrying about leaving gaps ... My favourite section of the book is "One Week of Real Mathematics", which contains examples of what one week's worth of math playtime might look like. I love having this starting point to show me what a balanced "maths diet" might look like ... I knew the well-travelled road (maths curricula) wasn't for us, but I lacked confidence in my ability to guide my children through uncharted territory. Let's Play Math is the map and the guidebook I've been looking for. With it in my hand I can't wait to take my children by the hand and head off to explore the wonderful world of maths.
—Lucinda Leo, Navigating By Joy
A beautiful book that explains the "why" and "how" of teaching math ... well researched, well annotated, and includes loads of activities that you can try with kids K-12 at home. While reading the book, I found myself remembering a lot of things I had forgotten from my teacher-training ... I have to say that there were so many parts of this book that I highlighted that I really gave my Kindle a workout! But what was especially useful to me at this moment, were the talking points for helping kids solve problems on their own. I'm going to print up all of the talking points and post them in our kitchen so that my husband and I will have a list of questions to prompt our son's thinking.
—Jennifer Bardsley, Teaching My Baby To Read