Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
Math Essentials teaches the math that you need to know in short lessons with built-in review. There are video tutorials available online by “America’s Math Teacher” Richard W. Fisher. Each unit and chapter in the workbook have a short video lesson you can watch before completing the workbook page. Since Silas was working on review concepts, he didn’t find it necessary to watch any tutorials.
- Whole Numbers
- Charts and Graphs
- Word Problems
There is also a Final Review section in the back along with the Answer Key, Glossary, and helpful charts.
Each lesson is designed in the same way. There is a “Speed Drills” portion at the top that cover addition and multiplication facts. Next to this, there is a “Review Exercises” part with four review problems. Below that there is a section called “Helpful Hints” with, well, helpful hints for the concepts being taught!
The actual lesson has two sample problems and around ten problems. There is a table to record your answers in that really makes checking the answer key a breeze! There is also a word problem at the bottom of each lesson called “Problem Solving.”
Within each unit there are several “Review” lessons with twenty problems. I really appreciate the built-in review lessons because it does ensure that your child is working toward mastery. The review lessons can show you at-a-glance if your child is understanding the topic or if he/she needs more practice.
Silas worked in this workbook several times a week over the review period. He finished the first unit, which is “Whole Numbers.” The lessons really did take him twenty minutes or less to complete each day. I am very glad for the math review he is getting by using this workbook. He doesn’t mind using it when I ask him to do the next lesson. I did start circling every other problem for him to work since it was mostly review, and if he got them all correct, he didn’t have to do the rest on the page.
There isn’t a lot of room to work out some of the longer problems if your child writes larger than normal. Silas used smaller handwriting so he could fit the work on the page. Having the table on the side to record answers in really does help with grading each page!