Review: Timberdoodle Math Reasoning Beginning by Capitally Frugal

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2005
Genre(s): Math
Publisher(s): The Critical Thinking Co
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Review: Timberdoodle Math Reasoning Beginning by Capitally Frugal

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Review: Timberdoodle Math Reasoning Beginning PreK

Since A’s about to turn 3, we started weaving short “study times” into our day, with the hope that she would master her numbers and alphabet by the time she begins preschool.  As one of those crazy frugal homeschool moms, I used things like uncooked macaroni noodles and sugar packets to teach her counting.  But, after a few months, my husband and I started to talk about finding a good curriculum to use.  Since I was homeschooled, I talked to my mom about her process of choosing workbooks when I was young.  She started chuckling and said, “It was easy – I only had two options.”  Thanks, mom, that really didn’t help! :)

Enter Timberdoodle.  When they offered me the opportunity to review their Math Reasoning Beginning PreK, I was ecstatic.  You might think I’m exaggerating, but my husband can vouch that I interrupted him at work to exclaim over our good fortune.  (Yes, I know, my priorities have become somewhat different since having a child!)  We received Math Reasoning Beginning PreK a few weeks ago; and aside from some skipped days over the holidays, we’ve been diligently plodding through it.  A loves it – she always reminds me that it’s time to “study” (although I think part of that might be due to receiving a roasted chestnut as a reward for finishing her allotted pages!).

Math Reasoning helped solidify her ability to count to ten, learn her colors, and color within the lines.  Obviously, there are still days when she loses interest and wants to play with her toy kitchen instead.  But, for the most part, she loves counting and coloring the neat pictures, especially the airplanes. As I’m sure most of you moms know, toddlers don’t have the best attention span.  But, the varied lessons and different pictures, help to spark A’s interest and keep her from becoming bored.  Daily reviewing what she’s learned and letting her work at her own pace has really helped A master her numbers (we’re still a little shaky on the colors :) ).

Math Reasoning not only introduced her to numbers but it also taught her new vocabulary words.  We knew the important ones like “cupcake” and “apple” but we have added “spider” and “penguin” to our burgeoning list.  As we progress through the book, we’ve been learning the names of geometric shapes(my younger brother-in-law is a little disappointed that she has yet to learn hyperbolic paraboloid) and other math-related words.   In a month, we will hopefully advance to connecting the dots exercises, recognizing numbers, and simple word problems.

I was extremely impressed with how well laid-out Math Reasoning Beginning Pre-K is.  It starts out so simply that it encourages A (a two year old!) that she can master simple counting and colors.  And, once the foundation of math was laid, it’s been neat to watch her learning more, without it turning into a drudgery.If you’re a parent, who is searching for a starter curriculum to teach your child the math basics, I would encourage you to check into the book Math Reasoning Beginning Pre-K or the other math curriculum that Timberdoodle offers.  Timberdoodle, for those of you who are not familiar with the company, sells everything from complete curriculum kits to critical thinking games and puzzles.  If you are placing an online order with Timberdoodle, make sure to check out their “Free Books” section.  You can choose a free book from their selection!  Also, to help your decision making process, you can request a free homeschool catalog via snail mail from them – they just released their 2011 Winter Catalog!

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


Posted by Timberdoodle Co. | 11 Oct 2011 | 5 star, All Reviews

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