Monday, August 6, 2012

Math Made Easy - Addition Teaching and Learning Made Easy

How would you like to master the addition facts in just 6 weeks, with no finger counting?  Well, that's what Addition Teaching and Learning Made Easy by Glenda Brown James promises!

Cost: $24.95 for a 65 page - comb-bound book.

One of the key points of their philosophy is to eliminate certain facts that are easily learned - the +0 and +1 facts.  Commutative property (it doesn't matter what order the numerals are, they always have the same sum) is taught first to reduce the actual number of facts down to a managable 36 facts.

Take those 36 facts and divide them by six weeks (you can also purchase  a Multiplication Package) means you are focusing on 6 facts per week.  They are presented in a radom order, not just the addition table to force your child to rely on their memory.

The Bentz Test Laboratory has several testers in need of "math fact mastery".  We were eager to give Math Made Easy a try.

My testers enjoyed this!  In fact, they didn't believe me it was really "math school" because it seemed more like fun.  No long, repetitve worksheets with problem after problem to work on.  Each day has a short, simple sheet focusing on just 6 facts - activities including coloring, cutting, and matching.  It grabbed their attention and kept them engaged.  My younger testers love coloring and cutting (and we're developing very important fine motor control along the way.)

All the pages are reproducible within your family, or do like we did - and use a clear sheet protector and wipe off markers to resuse.

Several games are include for you to cut/assemble as well.  Clothes-pinning (another great fine motor control activity..) "addition fact bows" onto the "braids" was a big hit with my girly testers.  My young boy tester refused to play "girl games" but - was fine with the ice cream spinner.

Overall, I liked the program - although, I feel it's a bit pricey for a single book.  It's not a math curriculum to teach the the concepts, but rather a collection of practice sheets to keep math mastery practice more interesting. 

See what the other members of the TOS Review Crew thought here.

I was sent a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.


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