Monday, August 6, 2012

Review - Math Made Easy ~ Addition

I was given the choice of reviewing addition or multiplication for Math Made Easy and I chose addition for Princess Paige. T was already using a math program this summer so I didn't want to add anything more to his day, or confuse him with throwing another method at him.

Math Made Easy says kids will master addition facts in 6 weeks. It is recommended for kids 1st and 2nd grade, or those in Special Ed or advanced Kindergartners. Princess P can do addition, but I notice her counting instead of just having it mastered so I was excited to try this before she starts 2nd grade this fall.

In this program, they teach +0 and +1 the first day and then take those out of the mix, as well as any facts that are repeated (2+3, 3+2 - only keep one in) and that leaves 36 problems to learn. It breaks them down to 6 a week.

There is a workbook page for each day that takes about 5 minutes, and then flashcards, games, and activities you can use too.

P was so excited when the book arrived that we sat right down and got busy. She did several pages and cut out all the pieces for the week 1 activities.

Because the pages were so short, she never complained about having to do them. They were also not your typical page of facts. I liked that they included coloring, cutting, and flashcards so the kids don't get bored.

The only thing that was frustrating was on one of the games. In this game, you move ahead one space every time you get an answer right, but one spot says "move back 1 space". So they did, then your next move you land right back on the "move back 1 space" spot, move back one, etc. Unless you broke the rules, you would stay right there forever ;) I had T and P doing this together to help him practice too (after spending so much time learning multiplication this summer, he was having a hard time switching back to addition - lol!) and we had to just call the game there so we didn't have to "cheat" - LOL! Maybe all kids aren't as literal as mine ;)

She definitely got faster with her answers during the weeks we used this program and it really only took a few minutes each day. I don't think we ever spent more than 15 minutes on it at a time. The book is $24.95 and there is also one for multiplication that works the same way. It has everything you need to use it successfully: lesson plan, worksheets, games, flashcards, etc.

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Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are mine.

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