Sunday, August 12, 2012

TOS Review–Math Made Easy ~ Addition

Speak Up Saturday

We were sent a copy of Addition Teaching and Learning Made Easy from Math Made Easy from The Old Schoolhouse Crew.

Here’s the basics from the publisher:

  • Children learn the addition and multiplication facts without counting on their fingers
  • Mastery of facts in 6 weeks
  • Only 36 facts to memorize

The addition package is primarily for children in the 1st-2nd grade range, but has been used with successfully with some kindergartners and special needs kids of various ages.

Kahlen is not quite ready for this book, she’s still grasping the concepts of addition and not really ready to start memorizing addition facts (we fell a bit behind in math because of the birth of Shane, oops). So I have to base this review on my perusing the book and how I think it would work for us.

Honestly, this book doesn’t really do it for me. It seems very forced, too much like class busy work. It just doesn’t match my homeschooling style, I guess, which leans much more toward unschooling with a bit of classical education thrown in for good measure. While I agree with the premise of the book, that it is extremely important for children to memorize the basic addition and multiplication facts, I think there must be a better way than one worksheet after another with a bit of flash cards added in.

If you feel like you or your child works well with worksheets and flashcards, however, I would think this book would work great for you. I don’t feel like there’s anything inherently wrong with this system, I just don’t feel like it’s a good fit for us.

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Each set, either addition or multiplication, sells for $24.95 and includes the following:

  • Lesson Plan overview
  • PreTest
  • Six Weeks of Daily Activity Sheets
  • Post Test
  • Games
  • Flash Cards

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~S

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product through The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

1 comment:

harun said...

These type of work book are a good choice for kids, in my opinion Maths worksheets are very helpful for kids as they could practice with these worksheets as I think maths practice is good for kids.
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