Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How to Help Parents and Kids Get Over the Fear of Math


Saundra Carter
In my family, I am the brains behind English, History, and Writing.  My hubby is the brains behind math, science and computers.  I always figured he'd be the one helping our kids with their math homework when the time came, and I'd help them with their essays.  Well, after reading this book, I'm still totally intimidated by math, but I feel like with the help of this book, I'll be more able to muddle through and help the kids.  Its broken down into useful sections such as Time Saving Techniques, Areas that Give Math Students the Most Difficulty, and also Careers in Mathematics.  I found this last section to be really great.  She goes into detail about jobs such as Actuary, Statistician, Economist, Geoscientist, and Surveyor.  As you can see from my blog, I'm a books and words kind of person, so you'd probably have to pay me triple to work any of those jobs, but I showed my nephew those pages (he LOVES math) and he was really interested and really excited to see the opportunities in pursuing math.  I also let my sister, who is a former elementary school teacher, current homeschooling SAHM, borrow the book to get a good look at it.  As a former teacher and mom of kids the age appropriate for the book (my daughter is 3, we don't need the book for her quite yet :)  I was anxious to get her opinion.   She and her home school group have found it to be a great book to have on hand in class to help students get through tough spots. Coming up with the right rating for this book was tough, I found this book to be a really great resource, and if is something you think you'd be able to use, then 1, Pay Full Price. However, if you are just fine in math and don't need the additional help, 5, Don't Even Bother. 

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

This book is rated G for all audiences







Now a few words with the author, Saundra Carter:

The Book Buff: When and why did you begin writing?

Saundra Carter: After tutoring young people in math for more than 15 years, I noticed that many of my students forgot their math lessons over summer break or after long absences. Writing the book provided a permanent record of our sessions together that they carry with them to college and in life to help their own children with math.

TBB: What was the hardest part of writing How to Help Parents and Kids Get Over the Fear of Math?

SC: The most difficult part of writing the book was knowing when to finish. There are so many more math concepts that cause young people to struggle.  I did not want to re-write a text book, but an inspirational, educational, and entertaining book for parents and their children.

TBB: Is this book inspired by events in your own life?

SC: By sharing my own struggles with math as  a youth, I can let people know that they can move from fear to ferocity in math.

TBB: Is there a specific message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

SC: There is nothing to fear about math, but fear itself.

If you are interested in learning more about Saundra Carter, or her books and upcoming projects, check out the following link: http://www.math1on1.net


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23 comments:

Kendra said...

Hi Kate! Thanks for the welcome on 20SB!!!

Jackie H. said...

I LOVE your blog!! I left you an award here:
http://readysetread2me.blogspot.com/2010/07/id-like-to-thank-academy.html

Selva Kumar R said...

Usually I don't read such books but your review is compelling

Heather said...

Awesome! Yeah, I'm NOT a fan of math at all, & neither is my husband. I may need to get this so we can eventually help our 3 kids LOL

writeonbro said...

I like the unique rating system you have.

mywordlyobsessions said...

Like you, I'm not a big fan of Maths even though I taught it to little kiddies for 2.5 years.

We definitely need more books like this. Great review!

joana johnson said...

I've been looking for a good math book for parents. Thanks for the tip.

lisad33611 said...

Hello! New follower from your comment on mom bloggers! I love to read and find your reviews very informative! Thanks, Lisa
http://my2centsfl.blogspot.com

hsmomma said...

Thank you for taking the time to welcome me to MBC! Love your blog!

Angie~
http://www.alittlebooknook.blogspot.com

Ex Lit Prof said...

When I was growing up, I used to approach math with about as much joy as a root canal. I, too, am a bookish woman....

Ex Lit Prof said...

When I was growing up I used approach math with about as much joy as a root canal. I, too, have always been a bookish woman!

Ex Lit Prof
www.the-reading-list.com

Mary Nevin said...

love this blog!! i'm finally getting connected over at 20sb and I'm definitely following your blog now! what a great idea! :)

Leah said...

Hi there! Thanks for the welcome on 20Something Bloggers! I love books and reading so I'll definitely be checking out your blog all the time! So, I totally hate math and growing up, it seriously terrified me! I still don't like discussing math or math problems. I totally could have used a book like this.. oh well...

This Lil Piglet Boutique said...

Following your blog from MBC. :)

Shari said...

Hi, thanks for the welcome over at bookblogs.ning. Now following
Shari over at myneuroticbookaffair.blogspot.com

Tova said...

I'm such a dork but I really like math! I really like your site, and thanks for the comment on 20SB! If you haven't had the chance my blog is
http://tova-add.blogspot.com/
~Tova

Jais said...

Hmm I'm from the Philippines and I don't know if this book is available here. I have a degree in Economics though, and Math is something I enjoyed since I was a kid. But I love writing and history too! I've tutored kids in the past too and most of them have told themselves that Math isn't something they can do, when they can. So one of the things I do is make it fun and make it something they can relate to. Thanks btw, for your welcome at 20SB. ^_^

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

$4262.50
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Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great book!

Melissa said...

With my oldest going into 1st grade this year, heaven knows I could use this book! I think it would really help me help her! Thanks!
Melissa
melissa@squeakycleanreads.com

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Chacoy said...

I had no idea that I even knew a little bit about football scoring! I got it right all by myself;}
My son could definately benefit from this book{me too} lol
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Thank you for the opprotunity!

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I am a new follower of The Book Buff!
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