Ready to bring joy back into your homeschool math?

 

 

 We’ve collected the most fun and powerful math games!

 Great for kids of all ages and abilities!

 Help your kids fall in love with math and problem solving!

“Knowing mathematics means being able to use it in purposeful ways. To learn mathematics, students must be engaged in exploring, conjecturing, discovering and thinking rather than only in rote learning of rules and procedures. Mathematics learning is not a spectator sport. When students construct personal knowledge derived from meaningful experiences, they are much more likely to retain and use what they have learned. This fact underlies teachers’ new role in providing experiences that help students make sense of mathematics, to view and use it as a tool for reasoning and problem solving.”

National Council Of Teachers Of Mathematics "Standards For School Mathematics: Executive Summary"

Over 40+ Games.

Fun for all ages and abilities

Clear And Powerful

Every game comes with clear prerequisites, materials needed and simple instructions and is designed to focus on growing your student’s thinking power.

Customized Variations

Suggested follow-ups and customized variations provide discussions and fun for each of your students, even across varying abilities.

Digital Copy

Hands On Math is delivered digitally so you get instant access and never have to worry about losing pages or having your 2-year-old color all over it.

Leah Spencer, Mother of 5 Homeschool Co-Op Organizer

“The kids all look forward to math each week.  I’ve seen an increase in games being played during free time. Dice games, Uno card games – all things math. They were inspired immediately! It took one of my sons a week to discover how averages worked, but once he got it, he owned it and now it is his favorite. I would have just told him how, and he probably wouldn’t love it like he does now.”

A Note to Parents and Teachers

Dear Parents and Teachers,

      You are about to see an incredible transformation in your students!  The foundation for all learning and success in education is laid by establishing a love of and passion for learning.  Math is no different.  It all starts with fun!

There are so many games and activities available to teachers and parents to supplement their student’s math experiences.  However, not all of those games and activities encourage deep, intense logical thinking and rarely are able to be easily adapted and enjoyed and explored by every ability level of math student.  We have searched far and wide to collect games that meet the above criteria.  We use all of these games on a frequent basis with our very own students and children.  

In playing these games please adapt and create new variations and rules that help meet the specific needs of your students.  We have had incredible experiences by simply letting our students create nuanced versions of the games, and with our older students we often ask “What rules can we change to make this more challenging?” and they love it!

These games have been specifically included in this book to do three things:

1. Help you identify when your young ones are ready to begin engaging higher level math and move into operations. Look for your student’s ability to strategize and to recognize that the outcome of the games is based on superior strategy rather than simple chance.  Strategic thinking is the sign of readiness for critically analyzing, problem solving and formal math. Until then, it’s all for fun and exposure and to develop a love and passion for math!

2. Develop powerful and unique thinkers. The purpose of mathematics is not to memorize endless rules, procedures or concepts, rather it is to aid us in developing our abilities to logically reason, problem solve and think critically.  These are the skills that our students need to be successful in our world, not computation and calculation.  These games provide incredible opportunities for our students to think deeply, identify difficult patterns and create brilliant strategies.  

3. Supplement your curriculum by providing students with fun, engaging opportunities to practice in place of mundane worksheets. Your students will actually enjoy mastering their math facts with these games rather than by simply memorizing them with flash cards, especially if you couple their practice with using manipulatives to demonstrate the operations and thinking in a visual and physical manner. 

The key to maximizing the success of these games is allowing your student to think independently and strategize on their own- YES THIS MEANS DON’T TELL THEM WHAT TO DO OR WHAT THE BEST STRATEGY IS!  They will figure it out!!! They will, through repetition and observation, create incredibly unique and brilliant strategies that will blow your mind and often outwit your best strategies.  Our students all have brilliant, unique and powerful minds, our role as their mentors and teachers is not to create their fire; rather it is to provide the kindling and elements to grow their flames into wildfires!

Enjoy!

Joe and Emily Dyke