MATH CURRICULUM AND RESOURCES
These are our favorite math games, books, supplies, and workbooks.
We have personally used and enjoyed everything listed here.
Games are to math as books are to reading! Ways to modify many of these games for younger players are listed here.
Blackjack (21) - addition, numbers up to 21, strategy
Carcassone - addition, skip counting, puzzle skills, strategy
Cribbage - addition, multiplication, numbers up to 121
Cuisenaire Rod Games - addition, awareness of what numbers actually mean through hands-on experience
Milles Borne - addition, numbers up to 1,000
Monopoly - addition, subtraction, how to make change, large numbers, financial concepts (such as mortgage, bankruptcy, etc)
Parcheesi - numbers, addition, memory for special rules, sportsmanship
Poker - strategy, analytical thinking, risk vs. reward (if played with poker chips),
Settlers of Catan - addition, strategy, risk management
Sorry - numbers, memory for special rules, sportsmanship
Sum Swamp - addition, subtraction, understanding of math problems and symbols, odd and even
Uno - numbers, colors, addition and subtraction (if playing add-and-subtract variant)
Yahtzee - addition, multiplication, strategy, and writing
Math Chapter Books
These are listed roughly in order by age appropriateness, from early elementary to adult.
Bedtime Math (Volume 1 only, as the subsequent ones were not as enjoyable for us) by Laura Overdeck
High School and Parents/Educators
Math Picture Books
Pyramid by David Macauley
General math supplies that encourage math exploration at home.
Cuisenaire rods - our favorite math manipulatives
Desk cycle - the display shows speed and distance, which my kids find fascinating to experiment with
Artist tape and Sharpies - for creating number lines on walls and tables (artist tape is better than painter's tape for being able to stay in place for months, yet not damage paint once removed)
These are the math workbooks that my kids have enjoyed the most. NOTE: I do NOT force or require my kids to use their workbooks; the workbooks are just on-hand for free exploration of math.
Kumon Workbooks (the pre-k and early elementary books are fantastic; the later books were NOT preferred by my children)