You’ll love these math games because they give your child a sturdy foundation for understanding addition and subtraction.
Help your child learn mental flexibility by playing with numbers, from basic math facts to the hundreds and thousands. Logic games build strategic thinking skills, and dice games give students hands-on experience with probability.
Addition & Subtraction features 23 kid-tested games, offering a variety of challenges for elementary-age students. Chapters include:
• Tens and Teens: Master the concept of number bonds — the relationship between a whole number and the parts that combine to make it — and build a logical foundation for future math.
• Numbers to One Hundred: Develop mental math skills for working with larger numbers. Practice using place value, addition, and subtraction.
• Mixed Operations: Give mental muscles a workout with games that require number skills and logical thinking.
• Logic and Probability: Logic games sharpen inductive and deductive thinking skills, while games of chance build an intuition for probability.
Math games protect your child from math phobia. Games pump up your child’s mental muscle, reduce the fear of failure, and generate a positive attitude toward mathematics.
Parents can use these games to enjoy quality time with your children. Classroom teachers like them 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’ math skills.
So what are you waiting for? Clear off a table, grab a deck of cards, and let's play some math!
About the author
A veteran homeschooling mother of five, Denise Gaskins has taught or tutored mathematics at every level from preschool to undergraduate physics. Now she writes the popular blog "Let's Play Math" and sponsors the monthly blog carnival "Math Teachers at Play," where parents and teachers from all backgrounds share math tips, insights, activities, and games.
"I encourage parents to look beyond the textbook--a useful tool, but such a limited one," Denise says. "We want to explore the adventure of learning real mathematics, math as mental play, the essence of creative problem solving. This is what we need to teach our children: Mathematics is not just rules and rote memory. Math is a game, playing with ideas."
You can connect with Denise at www.facebook.com/LetsPlayMath or DeniseGaskins.com.