Denise Gaskins’s newest book, Prealgebra & Geometry: Math Games for Middle School, hits the online bookstores today.
“The games are easy to put into practice (even for a mom of 4 with 2 toddlers) and something my daughter would participate in willingly or even enjoy (which is saying a lot for a teen who doesn’t always appreciate a challenge). Clever, helpful, and creative in ways I’d never come up with.”
—Casey Baldwin, homeschooling parent
“The directions are clear, it is easy for parents to pick up and use, yet it gets to the heart of mathematical thinking in a fun, engaging way.”
—Casey Maupin, homeschooling parent
“I love everything about this book – seriously! I feel challenged and encouraged to improve my teaching methods, as well as my own understanding of math concepts. If I could go back in time, I would play a lot more games and spend a lot more time on the understanding and why behind math than on workbooks.”
—Carla Roesler, homeschooling parent
What’s in the Book?
Prepare students for high school math by playing with positive and negative integers, number properties, mixed operations, algebraic functions, coordinate geometry, and more. Prealgebra & Geometry features 41 kid-tested games, offering a variety of challenges for students in 4–9th grades and beyond.
A true understanding of mathematics requires more than the ability to memorize procedures. This 250-page book helps your children learn to think mathematically, giving them a strong foundation for future learning.
- Number Properties: Master factors, multiples, prime numbers, and logical deduction.
- Integers: Explore the workings of positive and negative numbers.
- Operations and Functions: Stretch your mental muscles with games that require algebraic thinking.
- Geometry: Play around with area, perimeter, coordinate graphing, and more.
And don’t worry if you’ve forgotten all the math you learned in school. Denise included plenty of definitions and explanations throughout the book. It’s like having a painless math refresher course as you play!
Math You Can Play
Prealgebra & Geometry is the final book in our Math You Can Play series, which features plenty of great games to play with students from preschool to middle school. And beyond — even adults can enjoy the games in these books.
Math games pump up mental muscle, reduce the fear of failure, and generate a positive attitude toward mathematics. Through playful interaction, games strengthen a child’s intuitive understanding of numbers and build problem-solving strategies. Mastering a math game can be hard work, but kids do it willingly because it is fun.
So what are you waiting for? Clear off a table, grab a deck of cards, and let’s play some math!