Thursday, September 30, 2021

Math Essentials - Basic Math Skills Rescue Parts 1 & 2 Review

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

We recently had the opportunity to review new new books written by Richard W. Fisher, Basic Math Skills Rescue Part 1 and Part 2 published by Math Essentials.  These are an excellent addition to our routine for skills practice in areas where Caty has been struggling.

There are just some critical math skills that many students struggle to master.  These skills really are required for success in higher math levels.  So if students have not mastered basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division at the upper elementary levels, they will struggle through high school and even into college.  One way to master these skills is through videos and practice.

That is where Math Skills Rescue comes into to help students.  These workbooks can be used along with video based instruction that is available to stream online.

I have been using Book 1 with Caty.  She struggles with Executive Processing Disorder.  With this learning struggle one of her struggles is with keeping steps in order.  Math Essentials - Basic Math Skills Rescue is set up to encourage your student to succeed.  There is plenty of practice in the over 200 page book.

I do like that each book is set up in a "testing" style.  Instead of regular worksheet style.  This helps to prepare students for those upper grade level activities.  This was confusing to Caty at first.  It does require more steps in her mind, so she struggled a bit there.  She did need extra paper to work on problems as we have been using this book.  She writes rather large, so there was not enough room on the page for her to work out all of the problems each day.

But having extra paper on hand allows the student to also work out the problems along with the videos. This gives them extra practice as they work alongside the instruction and really gives them a step-by-step guide.  I had Caty keep these examples to refer to as she worked through problems on the pages. 

Book 1 of the Basic Math Skills Rescue series includes problems practicing whole numbers & integers, fractions, and decimals and percents.  This is math work that works with students from Grades 3 and on.  It is really meant as extra practice to mastery.  You can use these along with whatever math program you are using.  We actually stepped away from regular math and have been using Basic Math Rescue daily as practice to mastery for Caty.  

Each page does have Helpful Hints to help students remember how to solve problems on that page.  This includes hints or even examples to remember how to borrow in subtraction.

We did not get into Basic Math Skills Rescue Part 2 book yet.  This book covers Middle school level math skills.  She is not quite to that point yet.  I do like the amount of story problems included in this book.  Story problems really are "real world" math.  How many times are you just given a list of number problems to solve?  Almost never.  But you are given a problem with several numbers involved and you need to decide what information is important.  We will definitely be continuing into Part 2 soon.  This is an area where Caty needs to work on eliminating unnecessary information in order to solve problems.  

Basic Math Skills Rescue Part 2 includes topics of Geometry, Problem Solving, and Pre-Algebra.

We have used other books from the Math Essentials series that was written by Richard W. Fisher.  Lydia has benefited also from the Mastering Series.  I'm glad that we were introduced to the Basic Math Skills Rescue series so that Caty can benefit from more practice to mastery.

If you have a student who just needs more practice, even a little help to get them to mastery, then you need to check out the Basic Math Skills Rescue series from Math Essentials.

Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to review the Basic Math Skills Rescue Parts 1 & 2 in their homes.  Click on the link below to see how they used these and what they felt about this series.

Ensure Success in Algebra 1 with Math Essentials



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