Mathematical Reasoning Level B by Delightful Learning

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2006
Genre(s): Math
Publisher(s): The Critical Thinking Co
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Mathematical Reasoning Level B by Delightful Learning

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Review by Delightful Learning

Critical Thinking Press ~ A Timberdoodle Review

I’ve heard rave reviews about Critical Thinking products, so when I had the opportunity to review a few of their products for Timberdoodle,I jumped at the chance!

As much as I loved the Building Thinking Skills books, I really wanted to love this next book.

I was hoping to use this for our 1st grade math curriculum.

Mathematical Reasoning B Grade 1, also published by The Critical Thinking Co., is a 264 page, full color, consumable workbook designed to be a core math curriculum or a supplemental resource for grade 1 students. The focus of the book, as the name suggests, is to build math reasoning skills through problem solving and computation.

Timberdoodle price: $32.99

I reviewed this with Malachi, who is almost 6. The book is full color and visually interesting. The pages on money immediately caught his eye and he asked to work on those pages first. He then wanted to skip ahead to work on more money pages. This meant that he had to skip multiple pages at a time. I didn’t like this part. I like to work through a curriculum sequentially, page by page. I don’t mind skipping pages, but it is harder to tell where he is at in his workbook this way.

He had to skip ahead because concepts are presented in a “spiral” method – introduced briefly, then covered again later giving the child some “time to develop and mature before dealing with more complex aspects of the concept.” I didn’t care for this method and didn’t think enough instruction was given when a concept was first introduced or enough practice was given before moving on. I much prefer a sequential program that lays a solid foundation and builds on a concept before moving on, and then continues to reinforce and build on that concept as new concepts are introduced. Note: The samples offered are a good indication of the scope of math problems you will see in this book, but not the sequence of the book.


What I liked:

  • The visual effect of full color pages and interesting graphics.
  • The use of accurate vocabulary and notation (numbers vs. numerals and line segment vs. line for example).
  • The story problems, Mind Bender and Thinker Doodle activities that challenge your child to think.

What I didn’t like:

  • The concepts as presented in a “spiral” method as mentioned above.
  • It seemed more of a drill and practice with some reasoning skills thrown in, rather than a polished tool to develop math reasoning and thinking skills.
  • It lacked a natural progression from semi-concrete (pictures of objects) to semi-abstract (tally marks to represent objects) to abstract (use of numerals only). Note: concrete activities using the manipulation of objects are not included in the book.
  • The pages are semi-glossy and difficult to write on and erase.
  • An answer guide is not included with this book, but there were only a couple times that I would have liked to see the authors answer and reasoning for a problem {or how to solve a problem!}.

I still cannot figure out the following problem:

It says “Start & Finish here. Connect to the nearest answer.” (note arrow) How do you solve this? The numbers do not go in sequential order. ??

I would consider this for a supplemental resource, but not for a main math curriculum. However, Malachi seems to like it. He has asked to work in it whenever we do math, so I am sure we will get some great use out of it!

Disclosure: As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of these books in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.


Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 12 Sep 2011 | 3 Star, All Reviews

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