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Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math, Even if You Don't

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews
You may be shocked to learn that in America, twenty-four states have no math requirements at all for prospective elementary school teachers. Until states require their teachers to learn more math, parents are their children's primary hope.

Pat Kenschaft, a mathematician and mother of two, believes that although math phobia is rampant, it is unnecessary. With this guide, any
Paperback, Revised Edition, 336 pages
Published October 3rd 2005 by Plume (first published November 24th 1997)
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This isn't a book you can pick up and read in one sitting, and while written for parents, I would guess that many parents wouldn't read it all. But she raises a lot of good points, particularly about testing and the negative consequences of testing (and this was written BEFORE No Child Left Behind!). I appreciated that while she had plenty of criticism for public education, she tried to treat teachers fairly and point out the many difficulties of being a public school teacher. In addition, I rea ...more
This book gave me a different perspective on how best to encourage my kids to enjoy math. Previously, I thought that having my kids to various math problems over & over until they were "comfortable" with it was the best method. The author instead touts giving kids much fewer, but more difficult problems - - and not with the intention that the kids should even get it right, but rather that they are intellectually curious enough to want to try to figure out a solution. Also, she encourages par ...more
Every once in a while I purchase a book (sight unseen) and say....OH NO! This book will not create any love of math. The Font is too small, the printing is too light, and the text flip flops around. The only math that will be useful is how far you can throw this book. I, a lover of math, am very disappointed by the presentation. Skip this if you are already math shy.
Feb 22, 2009 Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Marie by: "Guerrilla Learning"
Helpful enough that I'm buying a copy.
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