Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
Story problems and reading between the lines can be difficult in math problems. We recently had the opportunity to review Mastering Logic & Math Problem Solving from The Critical Thinking Co. This has been a great way to help the girls really start mastering those more difficult math problems for them.
Mastering Logic & Math Problem Solving provides students with strategies that will help build real confidence in problem solving and improve critical thinking. This could include story problems, puzzles, and even riddles. Using these different techniques allows students who struggle with due to poor reading skills, poor math skills, lack of confidence, and learning disabilities to really master essential math skills.
The Critical Thinking Co. does not leave parents without help. Sometimes teaching these skills can be overwhelming even to parents who did not learn themselves in school. The book starts out and helps parents see some of the best ways to encourage your student's confidence and improve on their problem solving skills.
One of my favorite things about the curriculum from The Critical Thinking Co. is that the pages are not overly busy. Very simple so as to not distract kids with sensory issues. This has been great for my ADHD kiddos.
When you purchase this book, you can use it for your whole family. Since both the girls are in about the same place for math, I had them work each problem out in a notebook.
These are not your typical math problems. Each one requires steps and thought. I will be honest and feel that these problems are very much a great introduction to real world math that we go through everyday. This is the type of math problems that I want the girls to be able to figure. They are multi-step and include things like buying a home, figuring averages, small amounts of early algebra skills such as solving for the unknown, miles per hour, motion, and money math. These are skills that are important to keep building on for real life.
Some days I worked one-on-one with the girls, while others times they would work a few problems independently so that I could test what they were retaining on their own. I can choose to assign as little or as many problems as I would like the girls to go through each week. We are taking our time working through, so the girls do not get overwhelmed. So they are going through just a few pages a week.
And do not worry....the answers are in the back of the book for those parents that need the help or are struggling themselves. It makes for easy grading.
I really enjoyed the advice in the opening of the book. It reminds parents that it is ok to set a problem aside and come back to it if the student is frustrated. They will not learn any quicker if they are upset. You want the student to gain confidence and not be upset. This will not happen overnight though, so be patient.
The Critical Thinking Co. has done an excellent job with this study book. It is very easy to use and an excellent resource to use right alongside curriculum your student is already using. Or even as a summer study between grade levels.
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Master Logic & Math Problem Solving as well as other materials from The Critical Thinking Co. Click on the link below to see how they used them in their homes and what they thought of them.