Some Students Just Need Help with Math
Do you have a student who doesn’t retain the necessary math skills from one year to the next? Do you feel like it is hard to move forward when there are foundational skills that need to be mastered? Sometimes students just need help with math. At times, it may be severe enough your child requires a tutor to help him understand specific skills that just aren’t sinking in. But a lot of times, it’s just some review and practice that is needed to reinforce these concepts so he will retain them. Without all the proper building blocks in place, it’s hard to build a strong base for the higher level math skills that will follow in upper grades.
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Quick but Effective
I love when I can find materials that can solve a problem quickly and effectively. Daily Mental Math* is one of those products. It is a series of workbooks for grades 2-10, that does a fantastic job of teaching and/or reinforcing essential math skills. In addition, your child will develop better concentration while doing mental computation and learn strategies for solving problems.
How It Works
Each book has daily drills that cover 40 weeks of lessons. The new concepts are introduced at the beginning of the week and then reviewed throughout that week’s exercises but continue on throughout the book. This series is split into three levels.
The Different Level
Early grades (2-3): The lessons in second and third grade are five days a week with 10 problems each day. It covers basic math computation like addition, subtraction, and multiplication. It also reinforces skills such as perimeter, area, measurement, shapes, patterns, and much more.
Middle grades (4-7): Students at this level complete drills four days a week with 20 problems each and then have a quiz on Fridays, which is found in the back of the book. Concepts such as double-digit addition, advanced time, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, geometry, and more are covered.
Higher grades (8-10): These students complete exercises four days a week with 20 problems each as well and also take a quiz on Fridays. The higher grades cover problem-solving, pre-algebra concepts, Roman numerals, percentages, geometry, advanced measurement, and more. The problems increase with difficulty as the student progresses through the year.
The daily problems only take about 5-15 minutes to do depending on the grade level. When they are corrected, the student records his score on a record sheet provided to keep track of his progress. This can help identify areas of difficulty that need more practice. The lower levels have a space for self-assessment where the student can graph his scores or circle an emoji face showing how he feels about that day’s results. Each book has reference charts in the back, which are a great tool the student can refer to for help when needed. Answer keys are sold separately and they contain some extra tips for the teacher or parent on how to best use the book and give strategies for mental math.
This series is very reasonable at $8-9 each for the workbooks and $6 for the answer keys, but even cheaper if you use my link below and purchase through Christian Book Distributors.
I have used these books for several years and really like them. I actually buy them a grade level lower than each of my children are in, so they are practicing skills that have already been taught. It helps to strengthen any weak areas and prevents further loss by keeping old skills fresh in their minds while moving on to new concepts. None of my kids have minded doing this extra math each day because it really does only take about 5-15 minutes.
Practice Makes Better
Here is a video talking about how everyone is capable of becoming better (notice I didn’t say perfect) at math. People who practice more perform better than those that don’t. Simple as that! Maybe not quite that simple, but you get where I am going.
If you need help with math and are looking for something that won’t add a lot of time to your child’s day but does a great job of strengthening the skills needed for a solid foundation, this may be the answer. This program is well written, packs a good punch for the little time it takes, and is definitely going to give the extra practice needed to increase your child’s abilities. Do any of your children struggle to remember concepts in math? What have you tried?
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