Math Essentials, a company developed by America’s Math Teacher Rick Fisher, offers an innovative, risk-free math program that works.
One of the keys to this program’s success is the short,sweet, to-the-point, 20 minutes-a-day lessons which aren’t overwhelming or boring, but fun and exciting.
Yep, in just 20 minutes a day your 4th/5th grader, middle schooler, and/or high school student can catch up, refresh, review, learn new math concepts, concrete in old ones, and just about everything in between. This is a program that just plain works.
While I have a high school student that I would have really loved to try their new No-nonsense Algebra, she was running ninety-to-nothing this summer with other projects. This was probably a blessing in disguise, however, because my 7th grade student had a few road blocks last year with her math, and so I asked her if she would like to go through Mastering Essential Math Skills book 1. I told her that if she could just dedicate 20 minutes per day, or probably less with much of it being review, that this could really help her as she moves on next year. She was happy to oblige for the benefits of making her next math level easier.
We reviewed Mastering Essential Math Skills book 1 with the DVD, which retails for $33.95 on the Math Essentials website. This level is grades 4/5, or can really nicely be used as a review for upper levels.
This level covers whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratios and proportions, percents, and geometry. You can see the table of contents and sample pages here.
We were also asked to pick out a book to review from the Skills book series that covers specific skills in one book. Taylor decided on Decimals and Percents, which you can buy on the Math Essentials website for $15.95.
Math Essentials at Gunn Ranch Academy
So how did Taylor like these math books? Well, as expected they were an easy review for her at first. She said the very best part was that they were very short lessons and not too many problems that get boring. As I looked back over her work I saw that she was doing well with the problems. I did kinda wonder once the problems get harder, though, about me having to work them out to show her where she was going wrong because I only see the answers in the back of the book, but not the problems worked out. The DVD that comes with the book is a nice touch as it is Mr Fisher teaching the lessons. This program is like others we’ve used in that the teacher seems to work the basic, easy example and then throws some curve balls without explaining how to do the harder or more tricky versions.
That’s not to say we didn’t like the program, though. Taylor hasn’t finished the book, but is about 3/4 the way through and is about 1/3 of the way through the decimals book. She has really picked up speed with the decimals book, and once school starts we plan to continue the books until she is all the way through. I’m really happy that she has been able to use this as review and nail down some concepts that were a little shaky before moving on. I love the fact that once she goes through her next level of her regular math program that she can easily go back through book 2 in 20 minutes a day to review and nail down concepts before progressing on. While this program can definitely be used as a stand-alone curriculum for math, it works very well for us as a review to really reinforce those concepts. After covering these book with Taylor I’m pretty certain I will be ordering the No-Nonsense Algebra for my high school student to have either while she goes through the program she is currently using, or as a review before taking the ACT next year.
I highly recommend checking out these math books, as they are totally worth the price and value!!
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*Disclaimer~ I was sent these products as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew for review purposes. No other compensation was received and opinions are my own.