Vendor Name: The Critical Thinking Co.
Vendor Contact: The Critical Thinking Co. contact info
Name of Product: Mathematical Reasoning Level F
Age Range: 5th grade
My oldest who just finished fourth grade math, doesn’t like math, she does very well in it but doesn’t enjoy it. When I was able to review the newest mathematical reasoning book from Critical Thinking Co. I thought this would be just the thing to really get math interesting again. This book is big and colorful and lends itself to however you’d like to teach math to your student – even the book says there is no right or wrong way to use this and teach it. The goal is to have the student and parent working together to learn math together – using it cooperatively.
Some of the first few lessons are review of what she has already done in her fourth curriculum so it was fairly easy, but the ones that she didn’t know were easily explained with the short explanations at the top of the page for new concepts. Not only are there math lessons but there are games scattered through out the book as well – while they are still learning math it definitely helps to break up the monotony of math lessons. While it could be considered a sole core curriculum for math, I would not use it as such, but I see it as more of a fun way to reiterate what is being learned and would use it as a reward. For the purpose of the review though, I had her just work through what she wanted as we are ‘done’ with school but this will definitely continue to be woven into our next school year which starts on Monday.
For families of multiple children and who may frown at the price of the book, although if you use it as your core math then it’s still cheaper than other products, the copyright states that the original purchaser can make copies for their own class. Of course, your child won’t get the bright, colorful pages if you make copies but I simply had my daughter answer the problems on a separate sheet of paper. She didn’t like this though as she said she’d much rather write in the workbook instead of using another sheet of paper. If your child needs some refresher work or needs something to not be bored during breaks or as I’ve said, your core math, this book will serve all those purposes. If you’d like to see what other homeschooling parents have to say about this and three other Critical Thinking Company products visit the TOS Homeschool Crew blog.
**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.