You’ll love these math games because they give your child a sturdy foundation for understanding mathematics.
Young children play with counting and number recognition. Older students explore place value, build number sense, and begin learning the basics of addition.
Counting & Number Bonds features 21 kid-tested games, offering a variety of challenges for preschool and early-elementary learners. Chapters include:
• Early Counting: Practice subitizing — recognizing small numbers of items at a glance — and learn the number symbols.
• Childhood Classics: Traditional folk games invite the whole family to enjoy playing with math.
• Number Bonds: Build a mental picture of the relationships between numbers as you begin to explore addition.
• Bigger Numbers: Develop familiarity with two-digit numbers and promote strategic thinking skills.
Math games prevent math anxiety. 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.