My Let’s Play Math Book(s)

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Are you a homeschooler? Are you happy with your current curriculum, or would you like to break out of the textbook mold and explore math through “living” books and activities? Whether you hope to replace your math program or just to supplement it, I can show you ways to turn math into a learning adventure for the whole family. Your children will build a stronger foundation of understanding when you teach math as a game, playing with ideas.

This blog originally grew out of my books, and now it’s coming full circle: New, expanded e-book editions of my long-out-of-print books are ripening on the vine, growing out of the blog. I’m hoping that I can finish at least a couple of the books by mid-summer at least one book this year, but things always take longer than I think they should. If you want to be notified as soon as they are available, please subscribe to my blog.

Now Available


Let’s Play Math: How Homeschooling Families Can Learn Math Together, and Enjoy It!

Discover new ways to explore math as a family adventure. True mathematical thinking involves the same creative reasoning that children use to solve puzzles. Introduce your children to the “Aha!” factor, the thrill of solving a challenging puzzle, and build thinking skills with toys, games, and library books. Find out how to choose math manipulatives, or make your own, and learn how to tackle story problems with confidence. Let’s Play Math will give you a wealth of motivating, hands-on ideas for teaching home school math.

Reviews of Let’s Play Math

Combined with all the linked resources, this book is going to transform how I teach my kids maths. No more dabbling in “real maths” but then running back to the workbooks when anxiety strikes — with this approach I can teach my kids to think like mathematicians without worrying about leaving gaps.

My favourite section of the book is “One Week of Real Mathematics”, which contains examples of what one week’s worth of math playtime might look like. I love having this starting point to show me what a balanced “maths diet” might look like.

I knew the well-travelled road (maths curricula) wasn’t for us, but I lacked confidence in my ability to guide my children through uncharted territory. Let’s Play Math is the map and the guidebook I’ve been looking for. With it in my hand I can’t wait to take my children by the hand and head off to explore the wonderful world of maths.

— Lucinda Leo
Navigating By Joy

A beautiful book that explains the “why” and “how” of teaching math from a Constructivist perspective. It is well researched, well annotated, and includes loads of activities that you can try with kids K-12 at home. While reading the book, I found myself remembering a lot of things I had forgotten from my teacher-training … I have to say that there were so many parts of this book that I highlighted that I really gave my Kindle a workout!

There is a whole section that I’m going to come back to this summer, to keep my kids busy. But was especially useful to me at this moment, were the talking points for helping kids solve problems on their own. Yes, I at one point learned all of talking points, but I really needed the refresher.

My son’s school does Continental Mathematics League, and those problems are really hard. I’m going to print up all of the talking points and post them in our kitchen so that my husband and I will have a list of questions to prompt our son’s thinking.

— Jennifer Bardsley
Teaching My Baby To Read

This book is a creative and inspiring challenge to the way maths is usually taught in school. It is packed full of ideas and resources to help children (and definitely adults too!) develop their learning about the art of numbers. In a culture where maths anxiety is now a diagnosable problem, this book shows the way to maths joy.

J. Mcandrews

This book will change the way you look at math forever … Let’s Play Math challenges homeschooling parents to teach their kids to ‘think like mathematicians’ and use their problem solving skills to really understand concepts rather than just memorize processes … This is definitely a must-read e-book for all homeschoolers!

Learners in Bloom

I love math, but had forgotten why I developed a love for math in the first place. This book … shows us how we can ignite this fire in our own children.


I loved how this book reframes our concepts of Math … helps parents understand what Math really is about, what fun there is in it … games and kinds of behavior they can adopt to develop a Math sense in their children.

Rafael Falcón

Coming Soon (I Hope!)

And here are the titles I’m still working on, in tentative order of publication:

Math You Can Play:
Games That Build Your Child’s Number Skills

Forget flashcards and worksheets. Your children can practice their math facts by playing cards. Beginners will enjoy simple addition and place value games, while more advanced students will be challenged to master fractions and negative numbers.
[This book is completely new, though several of the games have appeared on my blog. It had originally been planned as the fifth book in my earlier how-to-teach-homeschool-math series, but that first self-publishing experiment ended after book four.]

More Math You Can Play:
Games That Build Your Child’s Logical Thinking Skills

Strategy games combine a relief from tedious textbook work with the adventure of creatively logical reasoning. When children play strategy games, they learn to enjoy the challenge of thinking hard. Introduce your family to a variety of games you can enjoy at home or in the car.

Mastering Multiplication:
How to Conquer the Times Table and Build Prealgebra Skills

When their children struggle with multiplication, many parents resort to flashcards, worksheets, or race-the-clock computer games. Denise Gaskins recommends a different approach: Challenge your student to a joint experiment in mental math. This book will show you how to use the world’s oldest interactive game — conversation — to explore multiplication patterns and build pre-algebra skills while memorizing as little as possible.

Word Problems from Literature:
How To Solve Story Problems with Word Algebra and Bar Model Diagrams

Do your children struggle with word problems in math? Featuring problems from Mr. Popper’s Penguins, The Hobbit, and other classics, this book will teach you how to use two powerful tools for solving story problems: word algebra and bar diagrams.

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9 comments on “My Let’s Play Math Book(s)

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  7. I have been looking for a Mathematics book that I could recommend to my kindergarten class students. I think this book is going to play the role. Thanks :)


  8. I’m working on the paperback now, but it’s taking much longer than I’d thought. I’ve added enough new material that the paperback will be essentially a new edition, and then I will update the ebook to match it.

    If you buy the current ebook through Amazon, your Kindle should update automatically when the new edition is published, and Smashwords will let anyone who buys now download the new one as soon as it’s available. I don’t know how other vendors handle changes in an ebook.


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