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Let’s Play Math in Korean

For any author, the first translated book is a huge milestone. And here it is: Denise Gaskins’s Let’s Play Math is now out in Korean. Congratulations, Denise!

You can find the book at these two major bookstores:

And probably in other places where Korean education or parenting books are sold.

If you know a Korean-speaking family who wants to play math with their kids, we’d be honored if you share Denise’s book.


Word Problems from Literature: An Introduction to Bar Model Diagrams

You can help prevent math anxiety by giving your children the mental tools they need to conquer the toughest story problems.

Young children expect to look at a word problem and instantly see the answer. But as they get older, their textbook math problems also grow in difficulty, so this solution-by-intuitive-leap becomes impossible.

Too often the frustrated child concludes, “I’m just not good at math.” But with guided practice, any student can learn to master word problems.

Word Problems from Literature features math puzzles for elementary and middle school students from classic books such as Mr. Popper’s Penguins and The Hobbit.

For each puzzle, Denise Gaskins demonstrates step by step how to use the problem-solving tool of bar model diagrams, a type of pictorial algebra. For children who are used to playing with Legos or other blocks — or with computer games like Minecraft — this approach reveals the underlying structure of a math word problem. Students can make sense of how each quantity in the story relates to the others and see a path to the solution.

And when you finish the puzzles in this book, Denise shows you how to create your own word problems from literature, based in your children’s favorite story worlds.

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Buy now at your favorite online bookstore.

If you’re using these word problems with your children, consider buying them the paperback companion Word Problems from Literature Student Workbook.

… and People Like It!

A screen shot from this past weekend:

“I found this method really clarified for me what was going on visually and conceptually. Particularly when it came to more complex questions, for which I would normally write out an equation, I felt that thinking about what was going on with the bars actually made more sense … This is a wonderful book for those who want to support their children in finding better ways to work on word problems.”

—Miranda Jubb, Amazon customer reviewer

Dot Grid Journals with Coloring Pages

New Book Series by Denise Gaskins

With 170 roomy pages, each book gives you plenty of space to record memories, plan projects, and keep track of tasks. The dot grid makes it easy to draw graphs or diagrams. Take notes, jot down ideas, copy your favorite quotations, or doodle to your heart’s content.

  • Light gray dots at 5 mm spacing provide guidance for flexible page layouts.
  • 11 geometric coloring pages (based on Islamic tessellation designs) allow a multitude of artistic possibilities.
  • 31 favorite quotes offer a vision for creative math education.
  • 6 × 9 inch (about 15 × 23 cm) pages are wider than many journals, yet still fit comfortably into a large purse or bag.
  • Paperback binding makes the journal sturdy but lightweight. Carry it anywhere!

Perfect for bullet journaling or for use as a commonplace book, the Dot Grid Journals nurture creative mathematical thinking.

The ebook edition features all 124 quotations (31 from each journal) about mathematics, education, and problem solving. Read through for your own pleasure, post them by your workspace, or use them as writing prompts for yourself or your students.

Yes, all of the ebooks are the same, so there’s no point in buying more than one. And at Amazon, if you buy a paperback journal, you can download the companion ebook for free!

For more information:

Buy now:

Inspirations: A Recreational Mathematics Journal
Reflections: A Math Teacher’s Journal
Explorations: A Math Student’s Journal
Contemplations: A Homeschooler’s Journal

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A Holiday Gift from Tabletop Academy Press

UPDATE: Newly expanded with fresh designs and links!

‘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. Denise Gaskins created these coloring pages for her co-op math kids this semester, but now we’ve collected them into a 24-page 42-page PDF booklet for your family to enjoy.

Happy Christmas!

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Read for Free at Teresa’s Blog

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.

Banished

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

Playful Family Math on Facebook

Want to help your kids learn math and enjoy it? Check out our new Facebook discussion group, Playful Family Math.

Join Playful Family Math on Facebook

This is a positive, supportive discussion group for parents and teachers — and grandparents, aunts and uncles, caregivers, or anyone else — interested in talking about math concepts and creative ways to help children learn. A place where you can ask questions, share articles about learning math, tell us your favorite math games, books and resources.

Together, let’s make math a playful family adventure!