Running Out of Time

Help your children discover how much fun thinking hard can be!

You have slightly more than 24 hours left to grab the early-release 312 Things To Do with a Math Journal book on Kickstarter and pick up some great discounts on the rest of my playful math journaling books — including the popular Math Prompt Task Card sets.

Playful Math Journaling Kickstarter

But act fast! The deal disappears Thursday evening, U.S. Central Time.

“It doesn’t matter whether your students are homeschooled or in a classroom, distance-learning or in person. Everyone can enjoy the experience of playing around with math.”

—Denise Gaskins
Playful Math Journaling Kickstarter

[Side note: The free Math Journaling Sampler file will remain available on the Kickstarter page even after the campaign ends.]

Playful Math Journaling with a Cat

As queen of the house, Cimorene insists on being involved in anything that happens in her domain. This includes promoting the Playful Math Journaling Kickstarter.

So she created a cat math journaling prompt to help your children experience the fun of playing around with math.

But first, she encourages you to visit the Kickstarter page and download the free 16-page printable Math Journaling Sampler file. Your kids will love solving Cimorene’s puzzle on one of the parchment-style pages!

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Here is Cimorene’s Puzzle

“The Princess of Cats has a luxuriously soft tail about 12 inches (30 cm) long. Her tail is three times the length of her noble head. Her beautiful, furry body is as long as head and tail together. How long is the Princess from her delicate nose to the tip of her majestic tail?”

So, how does math journaling work? What do children do with a problem like this?

They may want to make a list of the things they know from the story. Perhaps they will draw a picture of the cat and label the proportions. Each will take their own approach to figure it out.

And then the best part of any math journal prompt is when kids make their own math.

  • Can they write a new puzzle about their own pet?
  • Or about their favorite animal?

Encourage your children to share their math creations with their friends and family.

Cimorene would love to read it, too! If you share your story in the comments section below, I will be sure to show it to her.

And remember to back the Playful Math Journaling Kickstarter so your whole family can enjoy the adventure of playing with math!

Math Play for All Ages

Are you looking for new ways to explore math with your kids?

Would you like an easy, no-prep resource for creative problem-solving, number play, math art, word problems, mini-essays, math poetry, geometry investigations, research projects, and much more?

I’ve just launched a Kickstarter project for people to preorder my new book, 312 Things To Do with a Math Journal. It just might transform your child’s experience of math.

Visit the Playful Math Journaling Kickstarter

In a math journal, children explore their own ideas about numbers, shapes, and patterns through drawing or writing in response to a question. Journaling teaches them to see with mathematical eyes. Not just to remember what we adults tell them, but to create their own math.

Scroll down the Kickstarter project page to download the free 16-page printable “Math Journaling Sampler” file. It includes one of my all-time favorite math activities. [The Sampler will remain available after the Kickstarter campaign ends.]

If you like what you see, I’d love to have your support. Please help share the project and encourage everyone to play math with their kids!

For more math journaling tips and information, scroll through the Math Journals posts on my blog.

Playful Math Journaling: Preorder on Kickstarter

Are you looking for new ways to explore math with your kids?

Would you like an easy, no-prep resource for creative problem-solving, number play, math art, word problems, mini-essays, math poetry, geometry investigations, research projects, and much more?

I’ve just launched a Kickstarter project for people to preorder my new book, 312 Things To Do with a Math Journal. It just might transform your child’s experience of math.

In a math journal, children explore their own ideas about numbers, shapes, and patterns through drawing or writing in response to a question. Journaling teaches them to see with mathematical eyes. Not just to remember what we adults tell them, but to create their own math.

Scroll down the Kickstarter project page to download the free 16-page printable “Math Journaling Sampler” file. It includes one of my all-time favorite math activities.

If you like what you see, I’d love to have your support. The more people we can get to share the project in the early days, the more likely Kickstarter will join in and promote it to new readers.

Have fun playing math with your kids!

Visit the Playful Math Journaling Kickstarter page

Coming Soon! Playful Math Journaling

Are you a parent who wants to help your children learn math?

Or a teacher looking for new activities to try with your students?

Or perhaps you’d like to discover for yourself the playful side of math that school never showed you?

Tune in next week to discover how to help children explore their own ideas about numbers, shapes, and patterns. Or go to the Kickstarter Preview page, where you can sign up to be notified as soon as the project launches.

Are You Reading This in Your Email?

My old email-feed server is closing down. If you’ve been receiving my blog posts in your email inbox, that stops at the end of this month.

You may have thought it stopped already, since my blog has been so slow lately. But no, that’s just me. I’m trying to finish a few books in time for a back-to-school promotion. Whenever I’m working on a book, it seems like everything else falls away. But I promise I will get back to posting new playful math ideas here.

In fact, there’s a HUGE new blog carnival coming soon, with all sorts of great ways to play math with your kids. Watch for it!

For those who want to continue receiving my blog updates, you have two options…

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Historical Future Fantasy Time Travel

My daughter, Teresa Gaskins, has a new story out in Promise in the Gold: A Cave Creek Anthology. If you enjoy cross-genre fiction, the Cave Creek series is a fun mixture of western, science-fiction, and fantasy:

Cave Creek, Nevada—Where the Unexpected Meets the Real World

    Strange, unexplained events long plagued residents of Cave Creek, a former mining town nestled in a hidden canyon north of Las Vegas.

      Promise in the Gold takes the reader into the future, where people who slip through the portals create new timelines—and past, present, and future cross paths in some very weird and sometimes scary ways.

      Teresa’s story is sweet, not scary. And even better, it features a cat. I think you’ll love it!

      Click Here for Details

      Or if you prefer traditional fantasy, check out Teresa’s epic series, The Riddled Stone.

      CREDITS: Feature photo (top) by Glen Rushton via Unsplash.com.

      Final (?) Lockdown Ebook Sale

      Would anyone have guessed we’d still be under pandemic social restrictions after a year?

      Certainly not me!

      And now that spring is in the air … Well, at least it is in the northern hemisphere. Would that be called “Up Yonder,” as opposed to “Down Under”? … Anyway, whatever you call it, everyone is getting antsy. We’re all ready to be set free, whenever our governments give in.

      To help your family keep busy through the final (we hope!) lockdowns, my publisher is offering a 30% discount coupon on everything at our Tabletop Academy Press online store.

      That includes all my math books and playful activity guides, plus my daughter’s fantasy fiction epic, The Riddled Stone.

      Enter STAYSAFE2021 at checkout.
      (Expires March 31, 2021.)

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      Did You Get Your Playful Math?

      Mary Everest Boole first wrote about string art in 1904.
      Mary Everest Boole first wrote about string art in her 1904 book, The preparation of the child for science.

      My February playful math newsletter went out yesterday morning to all subscribers.

      This month’s issue featured a couple of string art projects for Valentine’s Day, the cardioid curve, make-your-own math art, and the link between string art and calculus.

      If you didn’t see it, check your Updates or Promotions tab (in Gmail) or your Spam folder. And to make sure you get all the future newsletters, add denise (dot) gaskins (at) tabletopacademypress (dotcom) to your contacts or address book.

      Click to View the Newsletter

      Not a subscriber? Don’t miss next month’s playful math activities! Click the link below to sign up today, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too.

      As a Bonus: You’ll receive my 8-week email series “Playful Math for Families” and be one of the first to hear about any new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions

      Math Game Book Giveaway

      Free ebook of math gamesTo help spread the news about my Math Rebel Kickstarter, I’m hosting a math game book giveaway.

      Three lucky readers will win a paperback copy of my book Let’s Play Math Sampler: 10 Family-Favorite Games for Learning Math Through Play (US shipping only) OR a free copy of any digital book from my publisher’s online store.

      The Sampler contains short excerpts from five of my most popular titles. It’s a wonderful way to get started with playful math.

      And math games are great for journaling, too! You can play pencil-and-paper games right on the journal page. And for any game, you can use the page for keeping score and writing notes about your strategy for winning.

      Check out the Make 100 Math Rebels Kickstarter project to download a beautiful, free 10-page booklet of sample journaling pages.

      Make 100 Math Rebels on Kickstarter

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