A Little Story about Math by Petra School

Platforms: Workbook
Release Date: 2002
Genre(s): Math
Publisher(s): The Critical Thinking Co
Our Score
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

A Little Story about Math by Petra School

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Review by Petra School

A Little Story about Math

DSCN0918

Math has come easy to the boys so far. We started with Miquon Books and Cuisenaire Rods. From what I can tell – it would be similar to Math U See – but from our view, a simpler version.  Although we don’t put a lot of stock into the testing that occurs in Oregon on the 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th year, the boys did exceedingly well in testing in math just using Miquon.

The problem came in the 3rd to 4th grade when we ran out of books.  Nate did 2 years of Saxon, but we didn’t feel like he was soaking it in, and it became a routine chore.  Jon has spent this year playing with all of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew Math choices. We are pretty sure that when we hit Algebra and High School level homeschool math, that we will use Teaching Textbooks unless we hear of some other equally enjoyed math program as there are so many choices out there.

This year, we learned that the spiral method of doing 30 different problems of 20 different areas a day was what Nate didn’t enjoy. We switched to a Mastery (one type of problem for several days) and he is back to joyful daily practice.

410-436-2TOne thing that made him more joyful this month – is that Timberdoodle offered him a Critical Thinking Co book called Mathematical Reasoning through Verbal Analysis. Now, I have to admit, the opportunity didn’t seem delightful, as we have reviewed so many this year – but I AM SOOOOO GLAD that we choose to review it! They also sent us the Teacher’s Manual to explain how the book works.  The Teacher’s Manual was critical to our Miquon adventure as well, understanding how the system will challenge and train the child.

And so I have a confession.  I think. I’m pretty sure. That I’ve learned more than Nate has this month in Math.  (Looking sheepish). First of all – the Teacher’s Manual has has blank worksheets in the back to help with Number Lines, Geo Boards, Abacus, Fractions, and Graphs.

Have you figured out how to use an Abacus?  Why oh why didn’t anyone show me this before?  Ok. Almost Unschoolers showed me an awesome one in January – but I’m too lazy to make one. . . . All the struggles of borrowing, or carrying over in Addition and Subtraction – The struggle would have been gone. . . Bye Bye. It makes so much sense on an Abacus.  Seems like people should still use these things! 

Next stop was the Number Line.  Seriously – How many of you have stared at a string of numbers  like 11, 14, 17, 20, ___ ___ ___ (Nate, reading over my shoulder says you should write something hard than that, it is only threes) when the text asks – what comes next and you silently went – um. I dunno. And. I’m not sure I care.  They gave simple instructions on how to figure that out.  Seriously!!! I feel like I want to take some Math tests right now . . . so empowering.

Of course, Nate, who seems to get everything – says. Duh. Mom.  . . . . Sigh. He has been having struggles and frustrations with Decimals – and the Abacus completely showed him how to figure it out place value wise. The number line never seemed to help. I had a hard time NOT pointing out to him that he was too dense for decimals a week ago – but ahem. a good homeschool mom wouldn’t gloat. Now would she?   . . . . .Hello? (oh wait, I’m reading this out loud to him. Maybe shouldn’t have read that part.)

So –  Mathematical Reasoning Through Verbal Analysis meets the State Math Standards and is for grades 4-8.  I will keep Nathan on this as a solid Mastery approach to see how many other things we can figure out – and when Jon is done with his current work with Mastering Math Essentials, I’ll get him on board too.

Did you catch the “Through Verbal Analysis” part?  Ya . . . . think Timberdoodle has been reading my blog enough to figure out we are a talking family?  Good Call Timberdoodle. We love the discussion of How did you do that, Why is that the answer? What were you thinking as you figured it out? What would happen if you. . .Nate loves it! I wouldn’t get this book if you are needing a child led, child left alone, curriculum while you teach your 1-3’rd graders – but for our house – having Jon hear our discussions has been great – he joins in – and having Nate be able to talk it  out – talk through – the problem solving is awesome. The “math” isn’t that hard – the thinking part is challenging. Smile

Oh – and for you moms of K- 3 or any age – if you are new to homeschooling – or just tired of winging it – did you know Timberdoodle has full packaged curriculum now? It is an easy way to start out, the products are fun and educational – and the help from their company is amazing!

And – I didn’t know until recently, but Timberdoodle has been creating Video Posts – their team cracks me up. They even taste their products. YUCK! but Hilarious!

What have you been challenged with in Math?  I’d love to give helps with Miquon as we have done all of the books twice now, and I’d love to hear if you are using Mathematical Reasoning by The Critical Thinking Co.!

We received Mathematical Reasoning Book 2 valued at $24.99 and the Teacher’s Guide valued at $13.99 for free in exchange for Nathan using the book for a couple of months, and writing an honest review. We were given freedom to like it or lump it. We Like It! We willingly purchased the Miquon Products and a half of a million Cuisenaire Rods from Timberdoodle and Garage Sales and Used Book Sales  out of our own pocket and would gladly do the work books again with another child.

Oh – and I said it was a little story – not a short story. . . . .


Posted by Timberdoodle | 29 Aug 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

1 Comment

  1. Ashfaq
    07 Jun 2012, 2:46 pm

    Oh, Heather. My heart is heavy and broken for your fimlay. Take comfort in the fact that God is using you in a mighty way to uplift others. {hugs} from a sister in Christ

Leave a Reply

What is 12 + 7 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Pictures

Timberdoodle A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers
Timberdoodle Body of Evidence DVD set
Timberdoodle Body of Evidence Screen Shot
Timberdoodle Buddy Blocks
Timberdoodle Raising Real Men
Timberdoodle Purpllinker
Timberdoodle Purpllinker At Table
Timberdoodle Purpllinker In Car
Timberdoodle WonderMaps
Timberdoodle WonderMaps Samples
Timberdoodle WonderMaps How
Timberdoodle Visual Latin
Timberdoodle Visual Latin DVDs
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 01
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 02
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 03
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 04
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 05
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 06
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 07
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 08
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 09
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 10
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 11
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Fantastic Five 12
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Our Side of the Mountain
Drawing USA Presidents Review by Our Side of the Mountain 02
Timberdoodle Co Logo
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 01
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 02
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 03
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 04
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 05
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 06
Drawing USA Presidents Review By Bow of Bronze 07
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome02
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome03
DrawingUSAPresidentsReviewBySimplyAtHome04
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing USA Presidents Review - Diane Estrella
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
Drawing the Presidents review by Eclectic Musings
2 star review
4 stars
A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA reviews
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Sample from A Kid's Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the USA
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review for Timberdoodle by Delightful Learning
Inchimals Review Pages
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
Knot So Fast Review for Timberdoodle
BeginningThinkingSkillsReview1
BeginningThinkingSkillsReview2
BeginningThinkingSkillsReview3
Gabriele of Work Of Childhood
Can You Find Me? Kindergarten
Can You Find Me? Kindergarten sample
Can You Find Me? Preschool
Can You Find Me? Preschool sample
Can You Find Me? Preschool sample
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
BambinoLUK Review by Raising Olives
BambinoLUK Review by Raising Olives
BambinoLUK Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
Inchimals Review by Raising Olives
5 star review
Building Thinking Skills 1
Building Thinking Skills 2
Building Thinking Skills 3 Figural
Building Thinking Skills Beginning
Building Thinking Skills 3 Verbal
Building Thinking Skills Book 1 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 1 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 1 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 2 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Figural Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 3 Verbal Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Book 2 Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Beginning Sample Page
Building Thinking Skills Beginning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Book E, 4th Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Book A, Kindergarten
Mathematical Reasoning Advanced
Mathematical Reasoning Advanced, Teacher's Book
Mathematical Reasoning Book B, 1st Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning Book 1, 3 Year Olds
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning
Mathematical Reasoning Book C, 2nd Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Book D, 3rd Grade
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Beginning Sample
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Mathematical Reasoning Sample Page
Bambino By Beyond 123
Bambino By Beyond 123 Critical Thinking Set 1
Bambino By Beyond 123
Bambino By Beyond 123 Special Needs Set
Bambino By Beyond 123 Starter Set
Bambino Starter Set
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
Lego Creationary Game
LEGO Creationary
Solitaire Chess from Joy In Our Journey
Solitaire Chess from Joy In Our Journey
Solitaire Chess from Joy In Our Journey
Solitaire Chess
Simply Draw - Peace Creek on the Prairie
Simply Draw - Peace Creek on the Prairie
Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
391-404-5
391-404-6
391-404-7
Inchimals
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons
Settlers from My Life on a Taffy Pull
Chess_08 from My Life on a Taffy Pull
Chess from My Life on a Taffy Pull
Knot So Fast
knotspics
Knot So Fast
Knot So Fast
Knot So Fast