Miscellaneous Tidbits

A Nice Surprise

When I got online this morning, I discovered that Let’s Play Math had hit #1 in the UK bestseller list for Parent Participation in Education—‌and I missed it!

But I did get a screen shot of my book sitting pretty at #2:

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Playful Math Snacks for October: Mental Math Games

Draft version of the new paperback edition cover. Coming in early 2016...
Draft version of the new paperback edition cover. Watch for it in 2016…

My October “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out on Wednesday afternoon to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates. This month’s issue focused on playing math games with your children, and it also included the latest updates on the Let’s Play Math paperback edition (coming not quite as soon as we’d hoped).

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 newsletter, add “Denise at Tabletop Academy Press” [Tabletop Academy Press @ gmail.com] to your contacts or address book.

And if you missed this month’s edition, no worries—‌there will be more playful math snacks coming in November. Click the link below to sign up today, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too!
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Remember: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.

Playful Math Snacks for September: Math Storytelling Day

The Centauri Logic Challenge
Math comic by davidd via flickr (CC BY 2.0).

My September “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out last Friday to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates. 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 newsletter, add “Denise at Tabletop Academy Press” [TabletopAcademyPress@gmail.com] to your contacts or address book.

This month’s issue focuses on creating and telling math stories with your children. What fun!

If you missed this month’s edition, no worries—‌there will be more playful math snacks coming in October. Click the link below to sign up today, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too!
Free-Learning-Guide-Booklets2

And remember: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.


Playful Math Snacks: Proofs Without Words

sloyd squareThe July “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out earlier this week to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates.

Inspired by my recent Infinite Cake post, this month’s issue focuses on math proofs without words. What fun!

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If you missed this month’s edition, no worries—‌there will be more playful math snacks next month. Click the link below to sign up now, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too!
Free-Learning-Guide-Booklets2

And remember: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.


Playful Math Snacks for May 2015

The May “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out Monday morning to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates.

This month’s issue focuses on math games, from Rosie’s Princess in the Dungeon to Jim Pai’s Trig & Logarithm War. What fun!

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If you missed this month’s edition, no worries—‌there will be more playful math snacks next month. Click the link below to sign up now, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too!
Free-Learning-Guide-Booklets2

And remember: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.


Playful Math Snacks for April 2015

AprilMathCalendarFeature photo above by Nicolas Raymond (CC BY 3.0).

The April “Let’s Play Math” newsletter went out Monday morning to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates.

This month’s issue focused on Math Treks — math scavenger hunts in your neighborhood or at a mall or local park. What fun!

Sign Up Today

If you missed this month’s edition, no worries—‌There will be more playful math snacks next month. Click the link below to sign up now, and we’ll send you our free math and writing booklets, too!
Free-Learning-Guide-Booklets2

And remember: Newsletter subscribers are always the first to hear about new books, revisions, and sales or other promotions.


Playful Math Snacks: Why Pi?

Photo by KaCey97078 (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr.
Photo by KaCey97078 (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr.

Teachers and other math nerds are preparing to celebrate an epic Pi Day on 3/14/15. Unfortunately, the activities I see on teacher blogs and Pinterest don’t include much actual math. They stress the pi/pie wordplay or memorizing the digits.

With a bit of digging, however, I found a couple of projects that let you sink your metaphorical teeth into real mathematical meat. So I put those in the March “Let’s Play Math” newsletter, which went out this morning to everyone who signed up for Tabletop Academy Press math updates.

If you’re not on the mailing list, you can still join in the fun:

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Math Snack: Why Pi?

In math, symmetry is beautiful, and the most completely symmetric object in the (Euclidean) mathematical plane is the circle. No matter how you turn it, expand it, or shrink it, the circle remains essentially the same. Every circle you can imagine is the exact image of every other circle there is.

This is not true of other shapes. A rectangle may be short or tall. An ellipse may be fat or slim. A triangle may be squat, or stand up right, or lean off at a drunken angle. But circles are all the same, except for magnification. A circle three inches across is a perfect, point-for-point copy of a circle three miles across, or three millimeters…


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