Saturday, May 28, 2011

you can count on monsters {giveaway}

Being a homeschool mom formerly a teacher of high school math, I know that numbers and math "stuff" gets confusing or boring. That some kids just don't "get it" and aren't motivated to try to "get" what they need.

I was very surprised and impressed with You Can Count on Monsters. It' s a math book like NO other:) Written by Richard Schwartz, a mathematician and professor at Brown University, You Can Count on Monsters is a fun way to learn, relearn or just practice the concepts of prime numbers and factoring from 1-100!

Each prime number is given it's own personality based on dots, like Monster #2 (his dots are his eyes). So when you work with composite numbers that can be factored, the new monster is the mixture of the prime numbers that it is made out of...

For example, 14!! Each number includes the factor tree and the monster that is created. So from the factor tree you see that 14 is the composite of 7 and 2. Do you see Monster #2 in Monster #14?? yes, in his MOUTH:)



My kids are still a little too young to totally understand the concepts, but my oldest is learning her multiplication facts and has enjoyed "testing herself". My son though.... he was immediately drawn to the monsters!! And both kids loved trying to figure out which prime number monsters made the mixture monsters.

It's a very colorful and fun way to learn and explore math:)

Learn more from a fun and informative feature of You Can Count on Monsters on NPR!!

you can count on monsters :: about $15Link

A SIMPLE GIVEAWAY!
Two SIMPLE readers will win a copy of You Can Count on Monsters. Here is how to enter:
  • Tell me which monster you like the best from here (Required Entry)
  • "Like" You Can Count on Monsters and SIMPLE on Facebook
  • Post a status on your Facebook with this link:)
  • Follow @simplereviews on Twitter and send some twitter love. You Can Tweet Daily:)
  • Sign up for SIMPLE updates - enter your email address in the left sidebar on SIMPLE
  • Publically follow SIMPLE via Google Friend Connect

Winner will be randomly chosen on June 11, 2011. Please reference Giveaway Rules at the top of the page before entering. Good luck!

**Look out for a special giveaway featuring this book on Facebook, too, this week;)

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*My kids and I were provided the book shown above to conduct this review using personal experience. The opinions expressed are our own.*

51 comments:

  1. My boy says "3" is his favorite... but I think that's because he's three years old... Hm. I guess that still counts. lol.

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  2. i like monster#5
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  3. follow gfc
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  4. Monster #2 is adorable!
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  5. We like the #3 Monster cause it reminds us of pizza and doritos :-) and the 99 Factoring Tree. creedamy[at] yahoo[dot]com

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  6. GFC Follower as ACMommy3. creedamy[at] yahoo[dot]com

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  7. #5
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  8. gfc follower
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  9. We like 11!
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  10. I liked both on Facebook.
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  11. I follow on gfc. Thanks!
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  12. My favorite is 11.

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  13. My favorite monster is #5

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  14. I'm an e-mail subscriber! richspark12 at hotmail dot com

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  15. I publically follow your blog at Google Friend Connect! richspark12 at hotmail dot com

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    Number 7! :)

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    Tweeted today (@BrouseHouse)
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  24. I like monster #5, the star is so cute!
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  25. fb fan of simple and you can count on monsters!
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  26. i follow simple via google friend connect!
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  27. i receive simple email updates!
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  28. Monster number 7 is my favorite!
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  29. #2 looks cuddly. :)

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  30. liked Monsters on FB
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  31. shared on fb
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  35. I like 11
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  36. I follow as Renee G on gFC
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  37. I like 11.

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  38. GFC follower under AmberFaith

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  39. I like Monster #5
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  40. Liked You Can Count on Monsters on FB
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  41. Following you on Twitter (@JessicaSvitak) & Tweetd
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  42. GFC Follower (Jessica King)
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  43. Signed up for emails
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  44. We like monster 3; he has such a dashing grin! ;)

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  45. I follow via GFC (Gia_Pet)
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  46. I am an email subscriber :)

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  47. I follow via twitter (@giapatton) and tweeted:
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