Avoid Hard Work by Maria Droujkova, James Tanton, and Yelena McManaman gives a playful view on ten powerful problem-solving techniques. It is for parents, teachers, math circle leaders, and others who work with children ages three to ten. The book is planned to come out in the Fall of 2016. Help us make this a reality!
Go to the crowdfunding page and listen to James Tanton’s video story about a strange island and a clever pirate who uses imagination to solve problems. On the page, you can also download sample pages from the current book draft, read questions and answers, and try the activities with your children!
Below is one of my favorite quotes from the book.
What is this book really all about? Our early readers shared their worry-dreams. Here is the dream page from the book.
For our children, we dream that mathematics…
… makes sense
… is more than just arithmetic
… is joyous
… makes them strong
… is meaningful
… is creative
… is full of fascinating questions
… opens up many paths to solutions
… is friendly
… solves big problems and makes the world better
… is a powerful tool they can master
… is beautiful
… lets them learn in their own ways
… is connected to their lives
… asks “why” and not just “how”
… opens the world
Our Five for Fifty sale ends this Monday, and the book bundle reverts to its regular price. If you were planning to order, now is a good time.
See you online!
Dr. Maria Droujkova and the Natural Math crew
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