Books for parents & teachers with children:
|Moebius Noodles||Avoid Hard Work||Socks Are Like Pants, Cats Are Like Dogs||Bright, Brave, Open Minds||Camp Logic|
|13 to adult||✓|
Funville is a math-inspired fantasy adventure for children ages 5 and up, where functions come to life as magical beings. After 9-year old Emmy and her 5-year old brother Leo go down an abandoned dilapidated slide, they are magically transported into Funville: a land inhabited by ordinary looking beings, each with a unique power to transform objects.
Available in paperback and ebook formats. 123 pages. ISBN 978-1-945899-02-7
Math Renaissance: Growing Math Circles, Changing Classrooms, and Creating Sustainable Math Education
Math Renaissance is for teachers and parents of children ages six and up. The authors share their insights on how math experience might be improved at home, school, and math circle. It is based upon Rodi Steinig’s experiences teaching math and leading math circles, and Rachel Steinig’s experiences as a school student and homeschooler.
Available in paperback and ebook formats. 205 pages. ISBN 978-1-945899-04-1
Avoid Hard Work! …And Other Encouraging Problem-Solving Tips for the Young, the Very Young, and the Young at Heart
Avoid Hard Work gives a playful view on ten powerful problem-solving techniques. These techniques were first published by the Mathematical Association of America to help high school students with advanced math courses. We adapted the ten techniques and the sample problems for much younger children. The book is for parents, teachers, math circle leaders, and others who work with children ages three to ten.
Available in paperback and ebook formats. 96 pages. ISBN 978-1-945899-01-0
By Julia Brodsky.
I will share with you what I have learned as I tinkered with teaching problem solving to curious young children, ages six to eight. The purpose of this book is to invite you to experiment with your own children or students, without any preconceived notions of how the outcome will look. Instead, allow your personal taste and the children’s feedback to guide you.
Julia Brodsky in the book introduction
Available in paperback and ebook formats. 119 pages. ISBN 978-0-9776939-8-6
Socks Are Like Pants, Cats Are Like Dogs: Games, Puzzles, and Activities for Choosing, Identifying, and Sorting Math
By Malke Rosenfeld and Gordon Hamilton.
Do you want your children to feel like algebra is beautiful, playful, and intuitive? Come play, solve, talk, and make math with us!
Our early algebra book Socks are Like Pants, Cats are Like Dogs is filled with a diverse collection of math games, puzzles, and activities exploring the mathematics of choosing, identifying and sorting. Teachers and parents have tested all activities in real classrooms and living rooms. The activities are easy to start and require little preparation.
Available in paperback and ebook formats. 84 pages. ISBN 978-0-9776939-0-0
Edited by Sue VanHattum.
The book brings together the stories of over thirty authors who share their math enthusiasm with their communities, families, or students. After every chapter is a puzzle, game, or activity to get you and your kids playing with math too.
Who’s this book for? Parents, grandparents, teachers, math enthusiasts, math-haters who don’t want to pass their affliction on, … Everyone! Thoughtful stories, puzzles, games, and activities will give you new insights. Join us – we’re playing with math!
Available in paperback and ebook formats. 372 pages. ISBN 978-0-9776939-3-1
Mathematics is a creative activity, like music. It requires some technique, and the technique has to be taught, but the main point is elsewhere—it is all about creativity, a sense of enjoyment, and higher purpose. This book goes a long way in that direction.
– Ivar Ekeland, author of The Cat in Numberland
Sue VanHattum has assembled a marvelously useful and inspiring book. It is filled with stories by people who don’t just love math, they share that love with others through innovative math activities. Playing with Math is perfect for anyone eager to make math absorbing, entertaining, and fun.
– Laura Grace Weldon, author of Free Range Learning
By Mark Saul and Sian Zelbo. Illustrations by Sian Zelbo.
This book offers a deeper insight into what mathematics is, tapping every child’s intuitive ideas of logic and natural enjoyment of games. Simple-looking games and puzzles quickly lead to deeper insights, which will eventually connect with significant formal mathematical ideas as the child grows.
This book is addressed to leaders of math circles or enrichment programs, but its activities can fit into regular math classes, homeschooling venues, or situations in which students are learning mathematics on their own. The mathematics contained in the activities can be enjoyed on many levels.
Available in paperback and ebook formats. 134 pages. ISBN 978-0-9776939-6-2
“Most students encounter math through boring, rote memorization and drill and kill. Camp Logic reverses the trend by offering teachers fun, inquiry-based activities that get to the deeper elegance and joy of math with adaptations for different skill levels and learning environments. The work of Saul and Zelbo has redefined how math is taught in our programs.”
By Yelena McManaman and Maria Droujkova. Illustrations by Ever Salazar.
Now you can create a rich math environment for your baby. Help your toddler discover deep math in everyday experiences. Play games that will develop your child’s sense of happy familiarity with mathematics.
Available in paperback and ebook formats. 88 pages. ISBN 978-0-9776939-5-5
By Maria Droujkova and Dmitri Droujkov. Illustrations by Victoria Kolchenko.
Natural Math multiplication poster was created by and for children, parents, teachers, and mathematicians. It uses clear, fun pictures to present twelve common multiplication models. Each model comes alive in two artistic examples with formulas, the types of numbers appropriate for the model, and a list of activities.
Available in 24 x 36 inch glossy poster and printable files. ISBN 0-9776939-1-0
Excellent poster. I’ve been mesmerized by it. My four year old is interested in math and she spends 15 minutes staring at it every day. This poster has sparked lots of grown up conversations about math and multiplication and what it really means, and has inspired me to come up with new and more creative ways to present math concepts to my young kids
– Tracey Seyer, parent
This is a perfect compliment to my multiplication unit with 2nd and 3rd graders! Affordable, attractive. I just love it!
– Jackie Keepers, teacher