“Perfect for parents who want to understand the different methods to do arithmetic their children are learning—and why they are being taught that way.”
—Keith Devlin, award-winning Stanford University mathematician
“Can you help me with my math homework?” If this question fills you with fear (or even panic), then Old Dogs, New Math is here to help!
Gone are the days when elementary school students simply memorized their times tables and struggled through long division. Today, students are expected not just to find the right answer, but also to use the best method—and to explain why it works.
If your attempts to help your child are met with “That’s not how the teacher does it,” then it’s time to take the stress out of math homework. Old Dogs, New Math demystifies Common Core math for parents, including:
- Number lines, place value and negative numbers
- Long multiplication and division
- Fractions, percentages and decimals
- Shapes, symmetry and angles
- Data analysis, probability and chance
Complete with sample questions, examples of children’s errors, and over 25 games and activities, Old Dogs, New Math will not only help you and your child subtract on a number line or multiply on a grid—but also help you discover math all around you, and have fun doing it!
Rob Eastaway has authored and coauthored several best-selling books that connect math with everyday life, including Why Do Buses Come in Threes? and How Many Socks Make a Pair?
Mike Askew, a Professor of Math Education at King’s College London, taught in elementary schools for several years, and now works in teacher education.
"This book will take the terror out of math for all the generations."
—Joanna Trollope, bestselling author of The Other Family
"Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew’s book is a massive step in making math more fun and comprehensible for moms and dads. It will help to banish the lament that ‘I was never any good at math at school.'"
—Sir Peter Williams, Chancellor of the University of Leicester
"This book is an absolute triumph. Given the author's reputations, I would expect nothing less."
—Liz Woodham, Primary Maths Journal
“This delightful little book is perfect for parents who want to understand the different methods to do arithmetic their children are learning—and why they are being taught that way. The authors’ easygoing style and humor should help ease the path for parents for whom mathematics brings feelings of dread.”
—Keith Devlin, Stanford University, author of The Math Gene and Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning, and NPR’s Math Guy
“Sometimes you come across a book which makes you happy. Recently, I did just that . . . [Old Dogs, New Math] is brilliant, and exactly what far too many parents (including myself) need.”
—Sarah Ebner, The Times (London)