I love math, but had forgotten why I developed a love for math in the first place. This book made me realize how experiences in my childhood lit a spark in me … Denise Gaskins shows us how we can ignite this fire in our own children.
I believe her suggestions are invaluable for homeschoolers, but essential for the many parents whose children are learning to dislike math in school.
If you’ve wavered on whether to pick up my math book, be warned: This is the last month for the introductory sale price. In January, the price will go up to $5.99 — which is still much less than what the original edition sells for, used.
More Reviews of Let’s Play Math
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!
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
Review at Amazon.com, November 2, 2012
If You Have a Different E-Reader
If you want to put my book (or any other DRM-free Kindle title) on your ebook reader, here’s one way to “hack” the book:
- Go to Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle page and find the listing for your purchased copy.
- Move your mouse over the “Actions” button, and choose the download option. Save the file to your computer.
- Then use Calibre to convert the downloaded file to whatever format you need.
[I use Calibre to organize my Project Gutenberg books and send them to my Kindle.]
- Connect your ebook reader to your computer with a USB cable.
- Tell Calibre to send the book to your reader.
It’s not a perfect solution. When I tried it using the default settings (because I don’t know enough to figure out how to tweak things), Calibre made an absolutely horrid pdf version. But the epub looked usable, and epub is what you need for Kobo or Nook. I was able to read the Calibre-generated epub file with Adobe Digital Editions, though unfortunately the interior bookmarks didn’t work (the Table of Contents, links to the answers for sample problems, etc.)
Someday, when I get a final edition ready for release as a paperback, I will have it professionally converted to epub format and try to get it into the iBookstore and Barnes & Noble. For now, however, that’s more programming than I want to spend time learning how to do, and Amazon makes it easy for any author to upload a Kindle book.
Still Working on the Next Book
Last month’s poll ended with a tie between Let’s Play Algebra and Math You Can Play (Number Games), but a couple of vocal Facebook friends convinced me to work on the algebra book. After getting the first draft back from the beta readers, I’m hip-deep in revisions. You’ll know I’m getting close to done when I start posting excerpts on the blog….