Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mastering Essential Math Skills~TOS Review

Math Essentials was developed by Rick Fisher.  This was taken right off their website, " Rick has developed a highly functional, successful mathematics teaching system that produces amazing results. Results that he shares in his books, Mastering Essential Math Skills in both elementary and middle grades versions."

As a member of the TOS Review Crew we were given the choice of his books.  The book we chose was:
Mastering Essential Math Skills: Book 1
Grades 4-5

This book is more that just a math book.  It is more of a systematic approach to teaching math.  Each lesson has 5 parts to it:

(1) two speed drills
(2) review exercises
(3) teacher tips
(4) new material
(5) daily word problems

In the particular book we chose there are chapters covering:
whole numbers
ratios, proportions, percent
number theory and algebra
charts and graphs
probability and statistics
word problems

Included with the book is a DVD.  This was very, I mean very well done!!  We used this during the review period with each of our children.  Our daughters are delayed in math.  Rick's teaching approach was so easy for them to understand.  There was not a bunch of bells and whistles.  Meaning it was just a white board with the problem on it.  Something that really makes it difficult for our daughters to concentrate, is a page full of numbers.  Our son on the other hand really likes math and is right on track with it.  He enjoyed it as well, because he could work at his own pace and not feel rushed.  Or if a section was easier for him, he could move quicker through it.

I love the DVD teaching!  If one of our children was having trouble with one problem or section they could just watch it again.   Other DVD curriculum have really been out of our price range.  This course is very inexpensive for what you get.

Mastering Essential Math Skills: Book 1
Purchase as a set for $33.95 (Book and DVD)
Purchase separately for $15.95 (Book) and $24.95 (DVD)

You can read the Table of Contents HERE.
You can view sample pages HERE.

We are going to continue with this for our math program this year.  We are going to order 2 more workbooks to get us through the school year. 

When you hear from your daughter "just one more pleeeeease???" And she isn't talking about a cookie, it is a VERY good day!!

I LOVE this program so much I can't wait to introduce this to our fellow homeschoolers!!

We were also given a choice of another one of their products.  We chose Mastering Essential Math Skills: Fractions.  We have not really had a chance to go through this.  But it looks really good at first glance.  There is no DVD with the fractions book.  This book sells for $11.95.  You can see more information about it on their website.

Like always, don't just take my word for it.  Click on the banner below to see what my fellow crew members are saying.

Disclaimer~As a member of TOS I was given this product free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are that of myself or my children.

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