‘Tis the season for nasty storms. An icy blast has turned our road into a sheet of glass for the second night in a row. Break out the hot chocolate, and settle in, ’cause Baby it’s cold outside!
If you’re snowed (or iced) in with bored kids, here’s a holiday gift from us to you. I created these coloring pages for my co-op math kids this semester, but now we’ve collected them into a 24-page PDF booklet for your family to enjoy.
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If you enjoy fantasy fiction, check out Teresa Gaskins’ serialized novel Banished over at her Kitten’s Purring blog. She’s been publishing one chapter every week since early September, so there’s plenty of story to sink your teeth into.
All Christopher Fredrico wanted was to be a peaceful scholar who could spend a lot of time with his friends. Now, falsely accused of stealing a magical artifact, he is forced to leave the only home he knows.
But as he and his friends travel towards the coast, they find a riddle that may save a kingdom — or cost them their lives.
Banished: The Riddled Stone Book One by homeschooled teen author Teresa Gaskins, is being serialized freely on her website at the pace of one chapter per week. The full novel is available in ebook or paperback format on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.
Click here to read from the beginning
Want to help your kids learn math and enjoy it? Check out our new Facebook discussion group, Playful Family Math.
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After a series of frustrating delays, the upper-elementary Math You Can Play games book has finally hit the online bookstores.
Multiplication & Fractions features 25 kid-tested games, offering a variety of challenges 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.
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170 pages, ebook: $5.99, paperback: $17.99.
It starts with models that are visual explanations of the concepts. Gaskins also breaks learning these concepts into comfortable steps that emphasize patterns and relationships, the real ideas that are behind properly understanding multiplication and fractions (indeed, math generally).
The sequence of games in each section starts by building familiarity and then fluency (speed) to solidify all of that work.
— Joshua Greene
Multiplication & Fractions Math Games from Denise Gaskins (a review)
One step closer to getting my long-awaited Multiplication & Fraction Games book out — I finished the printables file! At least, I hope I’ve finished. Sometimes it seems like whack-a-typo never ends…
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The Multiplication & Fractions ebook will come out sometime in November, and the paperback should follow in time for Christmas. If you’re interested, my newsletter subscribers will get a special introductory sale price whenever the book is published. Join now!
How Can a Knight Fight Magic?
Trained by the greatest knight in North Raec, Sir Arnold Fredrico dreamed of valiant deeds. Save the damsel. Serve the king.
Dreams change. Now the land teeters at the brink of war. As a fugitive with a price on his head, Arnold struggles to protect his friends.
But his enemy wields more power than the young knight can imagine.
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238 pages, ebook: $3.99, paperback: $14.99.
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Betrayed, by Teresa Gaskins, really exceeded my expectations. The setting is a world of “light” magic. Magic is rare, constrained, and follows a sort of logic, which may or not be fully understood by the people in the world. I like the way in which this sets up plot connections and forces things to happen for a reason, rather than deus ex machina or authorial patronus.
There are some obvious protagonists and some obvious villains, but Gaskins creates a nice ambiguity around several of the key characters. The plot itself is interesting and engaging with multiple levels of motivation that drive it along. Mainly, this is a group-of-friends quest story that is fun and well told.
I think the appropriate age range for Betrayed is from adult down to middle school. While there is nothing specifically inappropriate for younger children, readers need a moderate level of maturity to manage the multiple plots and number of characters.
— Phanwadee, Amazon.com reviewer