Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Math Made Easy (Homeschool Addition Package) ~ Schoolhouse Review


My kids (ages 7 and 8 1/2) have LOVED Math Made Easy's "Addition Teaching and Learning Made Easy" by Glenda Brown James. They have truly enjoyed it. And, for a summer schooling experience, especially in math, that is certainly saying something!

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The author states, "The initial step in this teaching method is to eliminate certain addition facts easily learned ... The elimination or early learning of 0's, 1's and the repetitious/duplicate facts gives way to only 36 facts left to be learned." That's a great concept!

Although I feel like my kids have a pretty good handle on their addition facts, I plan to have them complete the entire book before we move on to more complicated addition with our regular curriculum, and then multiplication (at which time I will be purchasing the Multiplication Package available for homeschool.

The program is set up for six consecutive weeks. "The children are introduced to six facts per week. The random placement in presenting the 6 facts per week has been carefully examined and tested. As a result of this testing, this presentation has been found to be the best suited for high levels of comprehension and quickness in the learning of addition facts. By selecting random addition facts, rather than the addition table, the child is forced to rely on memory ... not quick addition by counting on their fingers."

I still count on my fingers sometimes. Do you? Maybe I should do the worksheets, too.

My kids have really enjoyed the color-by-number addition worksheets, the decoding worksheets, and the puzzle worksheets. They don't really even realize they are doing math because they are too busy completing the fun puzzles.

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Although we haven't used the enclosed flashcards, I intend to. So long index-card-and-marker flashcards. Now we have a nice set to use!

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The Homeschool package of "Addition Teaching and Learning Made Easy" is a spiral bound, 6-week workbook with a purchase price of $24.95 and can be purchased from the Math Made Easy website. There is also a multipication homeschool package for the same price.

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If you are teaching in the traditional classroom, there are full addition and multipication packages with teacher's manuals, center ideas, lesson plans, and student books for $299.95, with separate packages for kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and special education.

What I liked: Everything.

What I disliked: Nothing.

To read other reviews by the Crew, on both the Addition and Multiplication packages, go this Schoolhouse Review Crew link.

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{Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was provided this product free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

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