Excel Math
Math / June 26, 2015

Excel Math Content: Math Grade(s): K – 6th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: 125+ Publication Date: 2005 Publisher: excelmath.com Common Core Aligned: Available and separate from the Standard edition From Excel Math’s Website: Excel Math uses a spiraling approach to ensure students have continual exposure and high retention of math concepts. Students use daily Lesson Sheets. Most Lessons are divided into three main sections: Lesson, Guided Practice, and Homework. Each math concept is taught then gradually refreshed throughout the year as it is integrated with previously-taught concepts. Lessons can be taught in about 10-20 minutes. The first 4-6 weeks of each grade level are review. This work may seem easy, but students gain confidence so they are ready when difficult concepts are introduced. The Teacher Edition provides suggestions for presentation of the objective, teaching the lesson, and use of manipulatives and brainteasers. On the back of the Lesson Sheet, students will find Guided Practice. These problems will take 20-30 minutes to complete. CheckAnswer, a self-assessment process that helps students develop confidence and good work strategies, is used with the Guided Practice. Students solve a set of 3-5 problems. Next,…

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Beast Academy
Featured , Math / May 28, 2015

Beast Academy Content: Math Grade(s): 2nd – 5th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Solutions Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: 100+ each Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: beastacademy.com Common Core Aligned: Yes Updated Review: May 26, 2015 Reviewer: Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. Let every math-loving family delight! The mathematicians behind the Art of Problem Solving are in the process of developing an elementary math curriculum. And, boy, are they on to something good! First, Beast Academy is primarily taught through a bright, colorful, comic-book style Guide Book. And being a comic book about math, it’s full of smarty-pants type humor. Even though you’ll be giggling, the math is no laughing matter. You get thoughtful dialogue that really delivers age-appropriate instruction in advanced math topics. Topics Covered 3A Shapes Skip Counting Perimeter & Area 3B Multiplication Perfect Squares Distributive Property 3C Variables Division Measurement 3D Fractions Estimation Area 4A Shapes Multiplication Exponents 4B Counting Division Logic 4C Factors Fractions Integers 4D Fractions Decimals Probability On the surface, the topics look like a typical elementary math progression using a mastery approach, but don’t be fooled. The Practice workbooks are full of thoughtful and well developed problems and puzzles that…

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Kumon Math
Math / March 30, 2015

Content: Math Grade(s): K – 12 Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Involvement: Yes Cost: $ || ? Publication Date: 2005-08 Page: 96 Publisher: www.kumon.com ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** From counting to calculus and beyond, the Kumon Math Worksheets enable students to progress all the way up through high school-level math. Kumon’s assignments progress in small steps to build all of the critical skills needed to study high school-level calculus. Each worksheet not only covers specific concepts, but also helps students develop mental calculation and reasoning skills and improve their problem-solving techniques. The Kumon Worksheets are designed to guide students to figure out new concepts on their own by following examples and developing their self-learning ability from the start. Students advance at their own pace and develop strong skills, better study habits, and confidence that can help in the classroom and beyond. Students do daily assignments that take about 30 minutes per subject. About the Author: Kumon began with a parent’s love. Determined to help his eight-year-old son, a math teacher named Toru Kumon developed the materials and guiding principles of the Kumon Method. Today, Kumon is used in 48 countries and regions on six continents throughout the…

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Math Doesn’t Suck
Math / April 24, 2014

Math Doesn’t Suck Content: Math Grade(s): 3rd – 7th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: No Parent Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: 320 Publication Date: 2008 Publisher: Plume Date of Review: 04/24/2014 Reviewer: Alessa Giampaolo Keeener, M.Ed. This isn’t your father’s math textbook. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to call it a math curriculum. But, if you’ve got a math-phobic kid who likes all things girly and is into pop culture then this might just be the book you need to get the learning done. Add in your own extra daily practice, like Key To workbooks, and, viola, you should be able to get that math credit onto your transcript, after all. An essential component of any good math curriculum is one that relates the lesson to a real life application. Author, Danica McKellar does just that in one of the most accessible ways we’ve seen in reaching girls who don’t have a natural love for math. Don’t let the talk about lipstick and boyfriends fool you, though. In some cases, they’re cleverly disguised mnemonic devices to help readers remember a certain math process. Work through this book and you will learn solid math while also getting…

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Everyday Learning Logic Puzzles
Featured , Logic , Math / February 5, 2013

Everyday Learning Logic Puzzles Content: Math – Logic Grade(s): 3rd – 7th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: None Teacher Manual: N/A Parent Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? info Publisher: www.teacherspayteachers.com Updated Review: 04/17/2014 From Everyday Learning’s website: We’ve taken critical thinking activities to a whole new level by integrating content-area facts with fun, deductive thinking, table logic puzzles. Everyday Learning Logic packets come with a sample puzzle and step-by-step directions to help your kids learn how to do these kinds of brain teasers on their own. An answer sheet is in the back to help make your job a little easier. All of our logic puzzles have been kid-tested and edited for clarity and solve-ability. Find 5-puzzle packets for $3.00 each on the following topics: Halloween Thanksgiving Winter Holidays US Presidents Physical Geography Colonial History Be sure to check out ABC=123 Brainteasers, math-based logic puzzles called alphametics. These math puzzles appear deceptively easy at first glance, but can be very frustrating for students who have not been given some basic problem-solving skills to use. Alphametic problems require a great deal of mathematical reasoning to solve, which is why we’ve included an extra two puzzles in the packet with hints for…

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ABC Mouse
Math , Reading , Science , Social Studies / August 31, 2012

ABC Mouse Content: Full Curriculum Grade(s): PreK – 3rd Perspective: Secular Prep Time: None Teacher Manual: N/A Teacher Involvement: Minimal Cost: $ || ?– Monthly Pages: Online Publisher: www.abcmouse.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** ABCmouse.com offers a depth and breadth of educational content for early learners, with more than 5,000 individual learning activities and more than 450 lesson plans. The curriculum includes six different types of activities: Children’s books, children’s songs, animated videos, games, puzzles, art activities, and 1,000+ printables to complete away from the computer. ABCmouse.com includes the following subjects and topics: Language development (vocabulary, listening skills, grammar) Reading (the alphabet, phonics, sight words, comprehension, genres, reading strategies) Math (numbers and operations, shapes, measurement, patterns,) Science and Technology (weather, plants and animals, matter and energy, space science, inventions) Social Studies: families and communities, geography and maps, U.S. history, states, famous Americans) Health: the human body, habits for health and safety, health care Up to four individuals per family account can be logged in at the same time, provided they are each using their own computer or device. About the Publisher: ABCmouse.com was created by Age of Learning, a…

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Material Logic
Logic , Math / February 18, 2011

Material Logic Content: Logic Grade(s): 9-12 Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 224 Publication Date: 2004 Publisher: www.memoriapress.com Common Core Aligned: No From Memoria Press’ website: When most people think of logic, they think of formal logic—the study of the structure or form of reasoning. But what most educators don’t realize is that formal logic is only one part of a complete logic program. The other branch of logic study was called “material logic,” and focused not on the form of reasoning, but on its content. In short, while formal logic studied the “how” of reasoning, material logic studied the “what.” The principles of material logic, an important part of trivium language study, are now almost forgotten—a casualty of the almost exclusive modern secular emphasis on math and sciences. Formal logic was once termed minor (or lesser) logic, while material logic usually went by the name of major (or greater) logic—a measure of how important classical thinkers considered them. With the publication of Material Logic: A Traditional Approach to Thinking Skills, these ancient techniques are a lost art no more. Whether you want a follow-on course to Memoria Press’ popular…

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Life of Fred
Math / February 16, 2011

Life of Fred Content: Math Grade(s): 1st – 12th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: 128+ Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: www.stanleyschmidt.com Common Core Aligned: No From Life of Fred’s website: The Life of Fred series is designed as a complete math curriculum for homeschoolers, so there is no need to cram, squeeze, or expand the material in order to fit into some government 9-month program. When students finish one course, then they begin the next one. Fred’s Home Companion offers you daily assignments and can be used by parents as a study guide and curriculum planner. As a parent, you have ten or eleven years to gradually introduce addition, multiplication and long division. By the time your child is in, say, the fifth grade, the addition and multiplication facts will be memorized if it is gradually taught over the years. What’s to be avoided is beating the addition and multiplication tables into the child’s head. Life of Fred: Fractions is a reward for learning the tables. Elementary Series Apples (128 pages) Some topics include telling time to 5-minutes, shapes, counting by hundreds   Butterflies (128 pages) Some topics include cardinal…

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ALEKS Online Math
Math / February 16, 2011

ALEKS Content: Math Grade(s): 3rd – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: None Teacher Manual: N/A Teacher Involvement: Minimal Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Online Program Publisher: www.aleks.com Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From ALEKS’ Website: ** ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is an adaptive, online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn’t know. ALEKS offers complete math programs in: Elementary Math Pre-Algebra (traditional & remedial) Algebra 1 (traditional & remedial) Algebra 2 (traditional & remedial) Geometry (traditional & remedial) Pre-Calculus Calculus Business Math Statistics (regular and AP) AP Chemistry ALEKS is accessible from virtually any computer with Internet access, making it a flexible and mobile educational solution for your children. ALEKS offers unlimited online access for both PC and Mac computers. A Master Account allows parents to monitor and direct learning progress. While no textbook is required, a selection of popular textbooks can be easily integrated with various ALEKS course products. When you choose to integrate a textbook with an ALEKS class, a custom syllabus aligned with the textbook will be automatically assigned to your class. This syllabus can be revised by the teacher using the ALEKS…

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Art of Problem Solving: The Basics and Beyond
Math / February 7, 2011

Art of Problem Solving Content: Math Grade(s): 7th – 10th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: No Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 272 Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: Mandelbrot. The first year of the competition didn’t go so well, so the trio decided to write their own math book to help students think deeper in math. That book is what we now call Volume 1 in the Art of Problem Solving series. The Art of Problem Solving is the classic problem solving textbook used by many successful MATHCOUNTS programs. It is not designed to be a curriculum that you can say, “Hey, let me substitute this out for 7th grade math.” Instead, AoPS Volumes 1 & 2: The Basics and Beyond are in-depth workbooks for students in grades 7 – 10 who are preparing to compete in math contests. Volume 1 is great for those just beginning to the competition adventure and Volume 2 is geared for high school kids ready for more of a challenge. On the surface, it might seem like the books are just a collection of math tricks. But, once you get into reading them and doing the problems, you realize the emphasis…

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