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Problemoids Math Books for Children
Problemoids engages children in high-level thinking about challenging mathematics problems and provides a stimulating opportunity for them to develop and increase their repertoire of problem-solving strategies. The program focuses on developing and using problem-solving strategies, not on memorization or operations, with a strong emphasis on mathematical reasoning.
Problemoids is a problem-solving program designed to meet the needs of intellectually gifted children, as well as those children who would benefit from an enriched mathematics program that is more advanced than that provided in the standard curriculum. It engages children in high-level thinking about challenging problems and provides a stimulating opportunity for them to develop and increase their repertoire of problem-solving strategies. It is grounded on the problem-solving work of distinguished mathematician George Polya (1887-1985). There are three levels of the program, for children in grades 4, 5, and 6.
The program focuses on developing and using problem-solving strategies, not on memorization or operations. Each of the three levels includes a student workbook, called Math Challenge, and an instructor manual, called Math Mentor, which includes a full discussion on implementation of the program, as well as answers to the problems in the student workbooks.
The topics covered in the program include sets, numbers and numeration, operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and probability and statistics. The focus is heavily on mathematical reasoning.
These are books that will challenge children while providing them with opportunities to build their problem-solving skills. Children can then apply those skills in a variety of contexts, making this a true problem-solving program.