Math by Kids

**Math by Kids** edited by Susan Richman. $6.95. 78 page supplementary
work book (including solutions) of original math problems created by homeschooled
students aged 4 to 17. Help inspire your kids to try writing their own
unique problems, as well as have a great time working out these tricky
problems made by other kids. The first book of its kind. Includes a wide
range of math topics and concepts: money and time, fractions, percentages,
geometry, logic, and multi-step problem solving.

So what is this book, anyway? The subtitle says it all: *a collection
of word problems written by kids for kids of all ages*. The problems
are organized in different sections-- problems about working and earning,
problems about time and travel, problems about cooking, problems about
trading things back and forth. There are logic puzzlers, mystery number
problems, geometry problems, and problems dealing with real-life data.
And even this section called "Legs Problems":

Full solutions are in the back section of the book, and often there
are full explanations written by students themselves on how to go about
solving their problems. And there are ideas to help students write their
own similar problems. In fact *that *is the real goal of the book--
encouraging students to be problem creators as well as top-notch problem
solvers. To further this aim there are certificates in the back of the
book for students who make up at least 3 original problems for each chapter
of the book-- and an *Expert Problem Maker Award* for students who
earn all the chapter awards! And be sure to include those awards and those
original problems in your year-end portfolios-- what a wonderful demonstration
it will be of the full range of your math abilities!

The book is for all ages, as there are problems by very young 4, 5, and 6 year olds, right up to senior high students. And there's lots inbetween. It's a book to browse through and enjoy over many years, choosing the problems that are right for a child right now, and leaving the tough ones for another year. To make it easy for a family to use it with all their children, you have photocopying rights within your family.

The book also has an appendix of other resources for math problem solving
and a listing of my favorite math competitions for students, elementary
through high school. I hope *Math by Kids!* will be a really useful
and unique learning resource for all homeschoolers.

What better way to stimulate math interest than to involve kids in creating the math problems they are to solved? Students seem more engaged in significant math learning because they are creating, not just problem solving.

Susan Richman, a home educator in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, encourages kids to create their own math problems using real life situations. As they do this, children begin to understand the entire process of mathematics and the many practical ways it can be used.

I was absolutely impressed with your publication *Math by Kids!*.
The idea for the publication was excellent and the content is first class!
You have accomplished a tremendous feat by illustrating that students can
propose 'real life' problems and solve them in various ways. You are to
be commended for providing many opportunities for home school students
to succeed and to reach their academic potential.

**(in the January 1995 newsletter for the Math Olympiad program)**

*Math by Kids!*, edited by Susan Richman, is a collection of word
problems written by kids for kids of all ages from 4 to 17. Having students
write original problems is recognized as a worthwhile goal in the math
curriculum. Such writing can help kids learn more about mathematics by
helping them think, edit, arrange and rearrange mathematical notions until
a meaningful problem is created.

This 78-page book contains over 200 interesting and challenging problems of many different types. The difficulty of the problems in this collection generally corresponds to the age of the student-authors. The following problem is a notable exception. This great problem was written by an 8-year-old named Molly:

Right now Suzy is Augusta's age times ten, and Elizabeth is Augusta's age times two. When suzy will be 72, Elizabeth will be the age Suzy is now. Elizabeth was what is Augusta's age now when Suzy was 36. How old is Elizabeth now?[answer: 8 years old]

Edited by Susan Richman, a prominent home schooler, the book includes solutions to all problems as well as suggestions for developing a variety of problem solving strategies.