Playful Math Snacks for March: Math History

From Denise:

NumberPuzzles-300My March “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out early this morning to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates. This month’s issue focused on math history stories and puzzles, and it also included links to my newly expanded Math with Living Books pages.

If you’re a subscriber but didn’t see your newsletter, check your Updates or Promotions tab (in Gmail) or your Spam folder. And to make sure you get all the future newsletters, add “Denise at Tabletop Academy Press” [Tabletop Academy Press @ gmail.com, without spaces] to your contacts or address book.

And if you missed this month’s edition, no worries—‌there will be more playful math snacks next month. Click the link below to sign up today, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too!
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As a Bonus: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.

Let’s Play Math Paperback Edition Now Available

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Finally, the revised and much-expanded paperback edition of Let’s Play Math: How Families Can Learn Math Together—and Enjoy It is finished and loaded up on Amazon worldwide. Other bookstores will follow as soon as they update their files.

True mathematical thinking involves the same creative reasoning that children use to solve puzzles. Let’s Play Math turns math into a learning adventure for the whole family. Your children will build a stronger foundation of understanding when you teach math as a game, playing with ideas.

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Want to help your kids with math? Don’t help with the homework. Get them to engage with math by doing things together — many of which don’t even look like math. Let’s Play Math is charming, intelligent, and practical; full of family fun and sound advice.

—Ian Stewart, author of Professor Stewart’s Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries

This book is well researched, well annotated, and includes loads of activities you can try with kids K-12 at home.

—Jennifer Bardsley, credentialed teacher and author of TeachingMyBabytoRead.com

This is the math helper I wish I’d had years ago.

—Anne White, author of Minds More Awake

A crash course in how to enjoy math with your children! Denise Gaskins uses her years of experience to show parents how to teach math with games, stories, puzzles, manipulatives, and living books. Full of useful advice and pedagogical insight, this book is a treasure trove for parents who want to help their children appreciate the beauty, history, and fun of math but don’t know where to start.

—Kate Snow, KatesHomeschoolMath.com and author of Preschool Math at Home

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Playful Math Snacks for February: String Art

From Denise:

Mary Everest Boole first wrote about string art in 1904.
Mary Everest Boole first wrote about string art in her 1904 book, The preparation of the child for science.

My February “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out early this morning to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates. This month’s issue focused on string art, and it also included the latest update on the Let’s Play Math paperback edition. (Coming later this month!)

If you didn’t see it, check your Updates or Promotions tab (in Gmail) or your Spam folder. And to make sure you get all the future newsletters, add “Denise at Tabletop Academy Press” [Tabletop Academy Press @ gmail.com, without spaces] to your contacts or address book.

And if you missed this month’s edition, no worries—‌there will be more playful math snacks next month. Click the link below to sign up today, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too!
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As a Bonus: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.

Playful Math Snacks for November: Figurate Numbers

Figurate numbers are numbers that make shapes---in this case, a pentagon.
Figurate numbers are numbers that make shapes—in this case, a pentagon.

From Denise:

The November “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out this morning to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates. This month’s issue focused on figurate numbers, and it also included the latest updates on the Let’s Play Math paperback edition (coming in early 2016) and an invitation to sign up for our Book Review Team.

If you didn’t see it, check your Updates or Promotions tab (in Gmail) or your Spam folder. And to make sure you get all the future newsletter, add “Denise at Tabletop Academy Press” [Tabletop Academy Press @ gmail.com, no spaces] to your contacts or address book.

And if you missed this month’s edition, no worries—‌there will be more playful math snacks in the next issue. Click the link below to sign up today, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too!
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As a Bonus: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.

Playful Math Snacks for October: Mental Math Games

Draft version of the new paperback edition cover. Coming in early 2016...
Draft version of the new paperback edition cover. Watch for it in 2016…

From Denise:

The October “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out on Wednesday afternoon to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates. This month’s issue focused on playing math games with your children, and it also included the latest updates on the Let’s Play Math paperback edition (coming not quite as soon as we’d hoped).

If you didn’t see it, check your Updates or Promotions tab (in Gmail) or your Spam folder. And to make sure you get all the future newsletter, add “Denise at Tabletop Academy Press” [Tabletop Academy Press @ gmail.com] to your contacts or address book.

And if you missed this month’s edition, no worries—‌there will be more playful math snacks coming in November. Click the link below to sign up today, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too!
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Remember: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.

How to Update Your Ebooks

The Math You Can Play books grew from more than twenty years of playing math with children—‌around the dining table, at the library, in the park, and in group workshops. The 42 kid-tested games in these books are simple to learn, quick to play, and require minimal preparation.

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These books can help even the busiest parents enjoy playing math with their children.

Now that the publication dust has settled and the typos and formatting glitches have been sorted out, we’ve updated all the Math You Can Play ebook files to match the paperback editions.

Changes include:

Do You Need an Update?

None of these changes have a major effect on the readability or value of the books. If you like your book as is, you aren’t missing anything vital.

Still, if you want the most up-to-date information, then check the title page of your ebook. Right under copyright date, the new edition says, “Ebook Version 1.3.”

If your book has a lower version number (or no version number at all), you may want to upgrade to the new edition.

Amazon Policy Change

We’ve asked Amazon to release the new ebook files to everyone who bought the earlier edition—‌as used to be their standard policy. But they say they got too many complaints about people losing their bookmarks, so they no longer issue updates except by customer request.

The only way to get the updated file is to contact Customer Service and ask for it yourself.

Here’s how:

  1. Click the contact Customer Service link. Log into your account.
  2. Under “What can we help you with?” click the option “Digital Services.”
  3. Under “Tell us more about your issue,” click “Kindle eBooks” and then “Something else.”
  4. Under “Enter short summary of issue,” copy and paste the following text:
    I bought the ebooks Counting & Number Bonds (ASIN B00WFOQAW6) and Addition & Subtraction (ASIN B00WFOQ9TA). These books have recently been updated with new material. Would you please send the updated ebook files to my account? Thank you.
  5. Of course, if you only bought one of the books, then delete the title and ASIN number that doesn’t apply.
  6. Choose how you want to be contacted. I always pick “Email,” but you can choose a more immediate option if you like.

And then wait for the support people to do their magic. You should get the new file within 24 hours.

What About the Paperbacks?

What if you got a bad copy of a paperback book?

The machines that print POD (Print On Demand) books—‌like our math game books and fantasy novels—‌are basically giant computer printers. As everyone knows, printers get glitches. And the humans who take a book off the machine and put it in a shipping box are usually too busy to notice the mistake.

If you ever get a messed-up copy of one of our paperbacks (or any book by anyone, for that matter), you can always contact customer service to have it replaced.

Just follow the same steps as above, but choose the options that make sense for whatever complaint you have. Or if you didn’t buy from Amazon, then find the Customer Service section for whatever book dealer you used, and follow their procedure.

The booksellers want happy customers. Give them a chance, and they’ll do their best to fix your problem.