What If There Was a Way to Play with Your Kids, Build Bonds with your Kids and Educate Your Kids All at the Same Time?
Math Game, 25 Years in the Making, Helps Children Excel in Math Skills and Builds Family Bonds
Children Who Use This Game:
- Excel in the one subject that discourages children
- Build self-confidence
- Leap ahead of their classmates
- Are better prepared as leaders for the future
Dear Concerned Parent,
Several years ago I was shocked to learn that the school district I was living in was no longer teaching children the times tables, long division, or division by fractions, because in the belief of many of the educators, “children will always have a calculator.” My shock turned into a crusade to educate my children and to help make sure the tens of thousands of other children in our district got the education they deserved. Over the course of my “education” in what it takes to turn an educational Titanic around, I came across an article on the internet written by Marsh Kaminsky. As soon as I read the article, I knew I needed to get in touch with him and get a copy of this game. Here’s his story.
By Marsh Kaminsky
“I don’t like math, and I’m not good at it.” Those annoying words are uttered all too often today by children and adults alike. Americans frequently say them with pride, accompanied by a smirk, as if being a math wimp was some kind of badge of honor. As a Certified Public Accountant, my livelihood depended on math. Much of my life revolved around my ability to understand, nurture and massage numbers. How could I prepare tax returns without knowing math?
With that in mind, I sat on the edge of my four year-old son’s bed one evening, preparing to read him Green Eggs and Ham. As I looked at the book, I wondered whether he would grow up to dislike numbers and become a certifiable math wimp like so many others. The thought made me cringe. After stewing about this for a week, I made a decision that is forever etched in my memory. “I will teach Daniel mathematics!” I remember shouting those words to no one in particular. My son probably wondered what his silly Daddy was yelling about.
The next day a little voice in my head asked me a reasonable yet disquieting question: “Okay, big shot, what do you know about teaching math to a little kid?” I wanted a way to teach him math that would ignite his interest in the subject. Knowing my son and his very short span of attention, I knew my project was doomed unless he really enjoyed what he was doing. So how do I proceed?
A few days after my teaching decision, I went to Harrahs casino in Reno for some much needed rest from enduring yet another murderous tax season. I soon found myself watching my money slowly disappear at a 21 table. It must have been fated, because I began to think about how one cannot play 21 unless one can do simple addition. I did not know it at the time, but Harrahs just showed me the way. Card games are the answer!
I started by acclimating my son Daniel to the look and feel of playing cards and the numbers on them. I did this by teaching him the simple game of War. While War reinforced the concept of more or less, it did little else in teaching him math. Worse yet, because the outcome of a game of War is determined by pure luck, there is never any strategic thinking involved. But on the plus side, I saw how much he enjoyed our uninterrupted time together. In fact, I was enjoying it too. Furthermore, I could not fail to notice how much he enjoyed competing with me. His competitive nature and desire to win turned out to be crucially important factors in the lessons that would soon follow.
Next, I thought back and remembered a card game called Casino my father taught me when I was a teen. While I sensed that Daniel was not quite ready for quadratic equations, I figured he could handle a card game that involved simple addition to the number ten. Well, if he ate up War, he soon gorged on Casino.
The object of Casino is to “capture” as many cards as possible, particularly those with point values such as the four aces. One way to capture a card is by a simple match — a player matches a card in his hand with one on the table. Hence, a player can capture a five if he has a five in his hand. It took about two minutes to explain that to him. There are, of course, other ways of capturing cards which, as one might guess, involve addition. A player, for example, can capture a 3 and a 5 with an 8 in his hand. What’s more, a player can “build” numbers — a procedure that creates mathematicians. Building is exciting as it involves a strong element of risk. I might put a 3 on a 4 and build 7s. If Daniel had a 7 in his hand, he could capture my build. Furthermore, in an attempt to steal my 7s build, he could change it to a card he had in his hand. To illustrate, he could add a five from his hand and change my 7s to a 12. Nothing gave him more pleasure than that.
From the onset, my major goal was not to stuff my son’s head full of math facts. Sure, I wanted him to know the basics, like the addition and multiplication tables by heart. But I did not want him to learn math (algebra in particular) as I did in high school by memorizing meaningless formulas where I’d plug in some numbers. Overall, I guess I wanted him to be enthralled with mathematics and, of course, to think mathematically. I know kids will learn if they are bored, but they will learn so much more if motivated by a sense of joy and fun. That’s how kids are. Now that I think about it, adults are like that too.
We played Casino constantly — maybe a few hundred games over the next four or five months. Because of the constant practice, Daniel became quite adept at simple addition.
One day I had a brainstorm that changed everything. If a player, I wondered, could put a 2 on a 5 and build 7s using addition, why couldn’t he/she build 3s instead by using subtraction? I taught Daniel the new “rule” and he accepted it immediately. Not yet six years old, Daniel had no idea that subtraction was a school subject. He thought it was just another rule of the game. After a few months of playing with both addition and subtraction, he asked me, “Any more new rules, Daddy?” His words were music to my ears.
“The new rule is called multiplication. Want to try it?”
Since multiplication is just a fancy way of adding the same number more than once, I approached him with that strategy. “Daniel, five times three is simply a way to add the number three, five times.” After a few days of practice with this new intriguing rule, he got the idea.
Adapting multiplication to Mathino (somewhere along the line we changed the name) was a problem since the largest number in the game is twelve. The trouble was …. the product of a two number multiplication is frequently more than twelve. However, my knowledge of a tax depreciation method called “summing of the digits” provided a solution. In short order, Daniel learned that 8 x 8 really equals 10 because the sum of the digits of the product (64) equals 10. He was enthralled with this new rule.
Now I was on a roll! After a few months of practice with multiplication, I gradually began to introduce four more new rules: division, powers, roots and negative numbers. I suspect that if I could have incorporated integral calculus into the game, his competitive spirit would have prompted him to learn that too.
Mathino is a deceptively easy math game. Played at its simplest level with just addition, a four or five year old child can easily pick up on the play of the game in less than an hour. But at its most sophisticated level with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, negative numbers, powers and roots all being played in tandem, Mathino would challenge a college math professor.
During a game, I never allowed Daniel to use a calculator. Instead, I provided him with hard copy multiplication and power tables. Daniel sometimes spent five or more minutes going through mental math calculations before deciding on a favorable move. I never hurried him as I knew that this constant mental practice was acclimating his brain to the world of mathematics. I was also fascinated by his grasp of intricate strategic nuances. Whether he knew it or not, he was also learning odds, percentages, logical thinking skills, along with the importance of a good memory
Besides all the other things that Mathino taught him, I used the game to show him how to win graciously and how to lose without having a snit.
The following incident happened when Daniel was in the first grade. His teacher called and told me that they were discussing the number five in class when Daniel raised his hand and piped in with, “A five is not just a five. It is also a two plus three, a seven minus two, a negative two plus a positive seven, a five times one, ten divided by two, and the square root of twenty-five!” The teacher said she almost fell over. Such is the power and magic of Mathino.
I Loved mathino! It was awesome! it was fun when you could ruin someone elses plans and get yours with so many! It was a blast! I loved the almost intenseness hoping no one would foil your plans! I like having to actually think of what you can do, using the “operations” of math! Adding, multiplying, sum of the digits, using integers and negatives, dividing, and almost anything! I think anyone would love this game!
-Aspen N., 6th Grader
My two college boys love Mathino. The innumerable ways of manipulating numbers combined with its unpredictability engages the mind, but keeps you guessing as to who will win! My high school daughter likes it better than Krypto. I believe it builds strategy skills, and number sense in an engaging way. The more a person juggles numbers, the better they become at math. Our family really enjoys Mathino. I just wish it had been available when they were younger.
-David C, Lehi, Utah, 5th Grade Elementary School Teacher
Mathino is not just about getting better math grades.
It’s not just about building a foundation in mathematics early in life so that our children are able to get better jobs later.
It’s about watching your child grow up.
It’s about building bonds with your children.
It’s about your children seeing you as more than just the disciplinarian.
It’s about your children seeing you as a person they want to do things with, share things that happen in their life with, and go to for answers.
It’s more than just a math game… It’s quality time with your children that they will enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives.
Plus, you get to help them conquer their obstacles in excelling in math.
Math skills are fundamental to the longevity of this country’s place on the world stage and to help restore our country to scientific and economic greatness. We can’t do it without world class math skills.
Mathino Helps Your Child:
- In education
- Have fun with social gaming
- Excel in Math competitions
- Achieve better grades in math
- Have an easier time learning new concepts when you don’t have to focus on math basics because they are already mastered
Mathino isn’t about teaching your child all the rules of more complex math. It’s designed to challenge players to stretch their abilities and drive mathematical relationships deep into the brain while having fun. The game is not very time consuming. You can play pretty quickly along with your child. (It doesn’t feel like an interruption of your schedule)
Ignite your child’s passion for math with Mathino, the world’s greatest math card game. [Playable by 2, 3, 4, or 6 players]
Here’s an Equation for You:
If We Don’t Do Something Now… Then When?
We Can Always Leave Our Child’s Future Up to Someone Else
The public education system has let so many families down. It’s not the teachers who are really trying to teach, it’s the weak curriculum, weak standards, and educators who don’t understand the value of instant recall of basic math facts.
Look at the current educational state in this country. We’ve fallen so far behind our international peers. Within a generation, China will have more people in their country with an advanced understanding of math, than we have citizens in our entire country. Look at this graph from another of my sites.
America‘s Dire Straits
We aren’t competing against China. We are competing against the top of the world population of China.
This Math Game Has No =
This is a new way to look at math. Instead of just having drills that look at a one step problem, you are given 4 cards to do the most you can with. There are cards on the table and in your hand and from the very start you’re trying to formulate a way to capture as many cards as possible using all of your cards.
That’s a 4 step math calculation that children are learning to formulate in their minds which is going to be excellent for word problem skills and deepening their understanding of the relationships of numbers and operations in mathematics.
Immediate feedback prevents practicing and learning incorrect methods, which is a common result of traditional homework and worksheets. With these math games, your child can practice as long as they want in a non-threatening format which helps build self-esteem and confidence.
I like Mathino because there is more than one way to capture a card. If someone spoils your strategy of capturing a certain card, you can still come up with other ways to capture it. You have to strategize and be creative, so Mathino makes you use skills other than math, which makes it a lot more fun than normal math practice.
-Savanna N., 9th Grader
After playing Mathino it is obvious that it is more than a mindless card game. It is an enjoyable, and a mind stretching activity. As a math teacher I see great value in the learning processes involved in playing. My 6th grade daughter sees it as a fun game that challenges all of us when we play. We enjoy it as a family game and keep it in our game closet. It isn’t school, it is a good time when we happen to learn and practice math at the same time.
-Wayne S., American Fork, Utah, Jr. High Math Teacher
The best part of Mathino I like is that I usually win.
-Willow N., 4th Grader
It makes the challenges of math fun. It is exciting learning new things while beating my math teacher Dad. It’s like a fun puzzle where I have to put the numbers together in ways that equal new things.
Math Doesn’t have to be Stiff, Boring and Threatening. It Can Actually be Fun; Especially with your Family Sitting Together Laughing and Playing… And Learning
“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”
I have been a math advocate for several years and studied a lot on the subject of math education and what makes for a successful foundation set of skills.
I am a CPA who is passionate about the need to understand math basics in order to do well in algebra, which is the #1 determining factor for success in college across ALL majors, not just math related.
Algebra trips a lot of students up and it’s because they don’t see numbers in their proper relationships.
For example, I ask my kids questions like what two numbers add to 13 and multiply to 36. (9 and 4.) When my oldest hit algebra, the light bulb went on for her and she said, “Now I get why you always asked us these questions so we’d understand quadratic equations.”
This card game doesn’t do that particular drill, but it is going to help pave the way to solid skills.
There are no other math card games out there and this one was designed by Marsh Kaminski (who was a CPA also), a person who studied childhood education for years and wrote a book called Wonderkidz centered around the idea of raising children with the most educational advantages possible.
Mathino is Guaranteed to Help Your Child:
- Get Better grades in school;
- Have a better attitude about math;
- Display less behavioral problems because they won’t be so frustrated;
- Develop a mastery of basic math facts;
- Encourages a mastery at manipulating numbers;
- Low level brain programming to “automaticity” of math facts;
- Math mastery leads to better opportunities for education and employment;
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Today is the moment to start your children on a future that gives them options in life, career, and happiness.
If You are Serious About Your Child’s Future, Order the Mathino Game By Clicking the Link Below.
A Great Career. A Healthy Self-Image. A Positive Outlook on Life. You can’t beat that.
I am so excited about this opportunity that I wanted more parents to be able to have the opportunity to pick it up for only $14.95.
That’s way less than the price of a tutor for an hour, and this is so much better for kids to have fun with and engage in competition that pushes their mind to excel and see ways to generate math computations in their head to capture the most cards.
I can give you all the standard technical reasons that your child needs Mathino:
Your child needs Mathino in order to get better grades in school to give them better choices for private schools and college. And you have to get them excited about learning NOW!
Your child needs Mathino to develop a better attitude about math. Confidence is everything in life development. The earlier you develop self-confidence, the better chance that you have to fight off low-self esteem and its negative impact when your child approaches adulthood.
Your child must have Mathino if you want to end behavioral problems. When children don’t feel like they are in league with the other students in the class, they lash out. They become the class clown, the class bully, or withdraw altogether as a defense against being called on in class to answer a question, to avoid embarrassment of getting questions wrong, or ashamed that they’re not able to keep up.
Your child can’t go without Mathino if you expect them to develop a mastery of basic math facts. The school system isn’t going to do it. There’s too much bureaucracy in the way of your child having a well-rounded education.
Your child needs Mathino because what you do NOW will influence the opportunities for education and employment that he/she has later in life.
But, the truth is the real reason you have read this far is because:
You can’t remember the last time the family sat down for dinner together.
You watched your parents spend more time working than with you.
You don’t like the idea of someone else (teachers) being the go-to person when your child has a problem he wants to talk about.
You don’t want your children to grow up without knowing you.
You don’t want to miss your children grow up.
That need to multi-task has been so ingrained that you see a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone.
And we admit it too. They can play generic math games on their computers by themselves, but they won’t get the benefit of family time which helps them to become more well-rounded people.
As all parents, you want to give your children the world. Give them a solid foundation in education and they will have the foundation for everything you ever wanted them to have. So let’s influence their success.
For the Mathino Card Game
To Your Child’s Future,
P.S. I can’t stress enough that you can’t leave your child’s education up to the school system. This type of thinking can negate all the work you have put in as a caring and concerned parent. Act now, don’t leave your child’s future up to a panel of bureaucrats!
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