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Mar 4 2013

Games and Books Help Parents and Kids Play With Math Anytime and Anywhere

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tumblehome Learning (THL), a non-traditional transmedia publishing company, announced today a collaboration with education research organization TERC to publish a 'Mixing in Math' suite of games and activities. Developed at TERC and based on work funded in part by the National Science Foundation, these additions to the THL product line of science books and games include the book Food Fights, Puzzles, and Hideouts and the sets of games Jump Ship and Blockade.

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Spanning the key topics in the elementary grades' Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the products help parents, homeschooling families, librarians, and afterschool providers engage children ages 4-12 in the math of everyday activities. Priced at $10.95 and under, the affordable resources for math learning can be ordered from http://tumblehomelearning.com.

Food Fights, Puzzles and Hideouts presents hundreds of full-color interdisciplinary math games, projects, and activities that can be done at home, at after-school programs, at school, or 'mixed in' to car rides, snack times, and parties. With the card deck Jump Ship players get nine fast-paced games and 22 different levels of play. Blockade packages eight dry-erase board games for 2-4 players and offers 28 game options.

"Creativity, play, and socializing are important ingredients in learning just about anything and that belief is behind the design of these products," says Marlene Kliman director of the Mixing in Math group at TERC. "The collaboration with THL will really expand our reach and provide greater access to these accessible and engaging resources."

"At Tumblehome Learning we want to inspire children to learn more about the natural and human-made world around them and to see themselves as young scientists and engineers. Mixing in Math is a natural addition to our offerings. The games help build foundational skills in mathematical reasoning essential for science investigations and adventures," says THL co-founder Penny Noyce.

Mixing in Math has been extensively piloted with children, parents, and informal educators, including after-school providers, librarians, and family numeracy providers. Independent evaluation shows that the materials improve attitudes about math and build math skills and engagement among adults and children. Mixing in Math has been featured on Mom's Homeroom, a resource website for parents sponsored by MSN and Frosted Mini-Wheats.

About TERC: For more than 40 years, TERC has been introducing millions of students throughout the United States to the exciting and rewarding worlds of math and science learning. TERC is an independent, research-based organization dedicated to engaging and inspiring all students through stimulating curricula and programs designed to develop the knowledge and skills they need to ask questions, solve problems, and expand their opportunities. Visit www.terc.edu for more information. Mixing in Math has been funded in part by the National Science Foundation, (ESI-0406675, ESI-0714537, ESI-9901289).

About Tumblehome Learning: Tumblehome Learning helps kids imagine themselves as young scientists or engineers and encourages them to experience science through adventure and self-guided discovery. Formed in 2010 by a group of dedicated STEM activists, writers, and software and curriculum developers, Tumblehome has been publishing STEM fiction and non-fiction adventure and mystery tales and fun experiments designed to engage students ages eight and up. Visit www.tumblehomelearning.com for more information.

CONTACT: Ken Mayer, TERC, +1-617-873-9670, ken_mayer@terc.edu

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