As a homeschool mom who loves math, I want to help other homeschoolers see the variety and richness of the subject. Math is not just rules and rote memory. Math is like ice cream, with more flavors than you can imagine — and if all your children ever do is textbook math, that’s like feeding them broccoli-flavored ice cream.
I've taught or tutored mathematics at every level from pre-K to undergraduate physics — which to me, was just one story problem after another. What fun! Now I write the popular blog Let’s Play Math and manage the Math Teachers at Play monthly math education blog carnival.
Homeschooling for more than a quarter century, my husband and I have raised five children, ages 15yo to adult, at our home in the rural countryside of central Illinois. My hobbies are Bible study, recreational math, and reading anything I can get my hands on.
Clear off a table, find a deck of cards, and you’re ready to enjoy some math. Each book in the Math You Can Play series features twenty or more of my favorite math games, offering a variety of challenges for all ages.
Most of the Math You Can Play games take only a few minutes to play, which makes them easy to fit into even the most hectic schedule. If you are a parent, these games provide opportunities to enjoy quality time with your children. If you are a classroom teacher, use the games as warm-ups and learning center activities or for a relaxing review day at the end of a term. If you are a tutor or homeschooler, make games a regular feature in your lesson plans to build your students’ mental math skills.
Word Problems from Literature features math puzzles for elementary and middle school students from classic books such as Mr. Popper's Penguins and The Hobbit. Denise Gaskins demonstrates step by step how to use the problem-solving tool of bar model diagrams, a type of pictorial algebra.
Multiplication & Fractions features 25 kid-tested games for school-age students. Children master several math models that provide a sturdy foundation for understanding multiplication and fractions. The games feature times table facts and more advanced concepts such as division, fractions, decimals, and multistep mental math.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if math was something your kids WANT to do? Math You Can Play Combo features 42 kid-tested games for young learners. Your children can play with counting and number recognition, explore place value, build number sense, and begin learning the basics of addition. School-age kids can develop mental flexibility by playing with numbers, from basic math facts to the hundreds and
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if math was something your kids WANT to do? Addition & Subtraction features 23 kid-tested games for elementary-age students. Your children can develop mental flexibility by playing with numbers, from basic math facts to the hundreds and beyond. Logic games build strategic thinking skills, and dice games give students hands-on experience with probability.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if math was something your kids WANT to do? Counting & Number Bonds features 21 kid-tested games for preschool and early-elementary learners. Young children can play with counting and number recognition, while older students explore place value, build number sense, and begin learning the basics of addition.
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 advice from a veteran homeschooler.