Many of you who have been with us on One House Schoolroom for any extended period of time know well my fear and dislike of anything related to mathematics. I struggled through math classes in school and I have feared teaching math to my little ones since the beginning of our homeschooling journey. I am always thankful when I come upon new and inspiring resources that help to squelch my fears and expand our horizons!!
I was so happy when I found out that the Schoolhouse Review Crew was taking on another math resource to review. Math Made Easy is exactly as it sounds- author Glenda Brown James brings teaching the concepts of Addition and Multiplication down to a level that anyone can master. The common sense approach the program takes gives the students the confidence to grasp the concepts without fear or frustration.
For this review, we chose the Multiplication Teaching and Learning Made Easy workbook to try in our class. I have a little one that is just beginning to grasp multiplication and I thought that she would benefit from some extra special practice and I needed some new teaching tools in my arsenal. It never fails to amaze me how different my two students are in the learning methods that work best for them.
When we first received the workbook and I began flipping through it, I was struck with the simplicity of the teaching materials. I was also really surprised that the entire program was able to fit into one fairly small workbook.
The workbook contained:
- Lesson Plans
- Pre Test
- Six Weeks of Daily Activity Sheets
- Post Test
- Flash Cards
All in one little workbook- amazing!!
When I took a closer look at the workbook as I was preparing it to work into our lessons, I knew it was going to be a great help for my daughter. There were big, bold flashcards in the back of the book that I quickly pulled out and separated. There were also games in the book that I knew would catch her attention and help her remember the facts she was going to learn.
I did have a bit of trouble understanding the lesson plans that are included in this workbook. It’s not that the directions are difficult, they are actually extremely simple, however my first look at them left me wondering a bit about how the program worked together. I decided to jump in and just give it a try and see how it went.
The first day we worked on the program, I knew it would be a keeper. My daughter caught on right away and was so proud of how quickly she could remember the multiplication facts. Once we got into it and began working with the program, the lesson plans began making much more sense and the program flowed smoothly.
All in all, we really like this program as a supplement to our existing math curriculum. It helps little learners memorize those dreaded multiplication facts in a fun and easy way and the program as a whole is a great resource for any family working on multiplication.
Math Made Easy Workbooks:
Multiplication Teaching and Learning Made Easy Program- $24.95
Addition Teaching and Learning Made Easy Program- $24.95
- The Math Made Easy program really lives up to it’s name- it is a super simple approach to teaching little ones the basics of multiplication.
- The six week program, when followed as directed, truly gives your students a great memorization of the multiplication facts learned.
- IT’S FUN!! My daughter really enjoyed the little games that came with this program and it really made her learning experience fun!!
- The lesson plans can be a little tricky to follow at first, but once you begin the program, the directions will become easier to understand.
I thought this was a good program to use as a supplement to our math curriculum. It was easy to add into what we are currently doing and gave a twist to our typical math lessons. My daughter learned the facts she needed to know and she had fun doing it, so this is a win-win in my book!!
Disclaimer- I received no compensation for this post. I did receive the workbook mentioned above at no charge to assist in my writing this review. The opinions in this post are mine alone and were in no way influenced by outside sources.