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Marshmallow Math
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Marshmallow Math

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Publisher: Trafford Publishing

List Price: $12.95

Ages: Kindergarten

Reviewed By: Robin McDonald

 
Break out the graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows! Marshmallow Math by Trevor Schindeler will leave you wanting s'more when you're finished with the first batch of lessons.

The book, concisely written with approximately 150 pages, fits easily into a purse or backpack pocket for ease of use. It is filled with many hands-on, fundamental math lessons that you can do with your child face to face, either as primary math lessons or as supplements to another math curriculum. Since it's portable, you can spend time doing lessons with your child at the park or on your kitchen table, using manipulatives you find outside or in your kitchen cabinet.

The book is divided into four parts:

Part One deals with counting, addition, and subtraction. For example, the chapter entitled Trampoline Math teaches your child to count while bouncing on a bed, trampoline, or some other place that allows hopping up and down for some kinesthetic movement.

Part Two covers mathematical thinking skills such as reading and writing numerals, sorting and comparing, telling time, spatial awareness, patterns, and geometry. For example, the chapter entitled Reading and Writing Numerals teaches students how to recognize numbers by counting jellybeans, or writing them in flour or salt.

Part Three covers higher-level addition and subtraction and mental math. For example, the chapter entitled Covered Counting shows a student how to count visually, then mentally, by covering the manipulatives.

Part Four, entitled Extreme Math, covers concepts such as odd and even, fractions, dozens, place value, memorizing number facts, division, multiplication, and borrowing/carrying. For example, the chapter entitled Memorizing Multiplication and Division Number Facts gives parents and teachers pointers on how to help children learn their math facts.

The Appendix includes templates for a multiplication table, filled and blank hundred number charts, graph paper, and a tangram pattern.

Although this book was written with the first grader in mind, it is a great resource for reviewing or teaching the math facts to older children as well. Since it is written in a progressive fashion, you can use it chapter by chapter for easy review, with little planning beyond gathering the manipulatives. Marshmallow Math will easily teach the things your child may have missed over the past few years.
More Information
Available From: Trafford Publishing
Address: 301 S. Front St., Suite 8, New Bern, NC, USA 28560
Phone: 888.240.3723
Website:
Email: info.US@trafford.com
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Robin McDonald
Robin McDonald is a mom who actually does Windows, since she used to work at Microsoft! Robin resigned from her full-time writing job to homeschool her children. She freelances, and teaches art and writing classes.
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