ScienceandMath.Com offers a offers step by step award-winning math and science courses. While they currently only have a few products available they are adding new products to the line up. Their website offers plenty of samples to look through to help you determine which product would best suit your needs. These lesson can be used by homeschoolers but student in traditional classrooms could also use these lessons to supplement their learning at home. It would be like getting a personal math tutor for less. While it is controversial and I have no desire to debate the topic as part of my review ScienceandMath.Com do state “Common Core” standards in the product description for the product we reviewed. If you homeschool in a state that requires you to follow certain standards or are using this as a supplement to classroom teaching this might be important.
Our family reviewed their Mastering 5th Grade Math! – Volume 1 – Essentials of Fractions which is a video course plus worksheets. The set came with a DVD with all the lesson that could be played in any standard DVD player. It also comes with a CD-Rom that contains a digital copy of the all the video lessons, copies of worksheets for each lesson, and the answer key. The CD can be placed in to any computer for use. Each video lesson takes the student through an in-depth explanation of the concept being taught. The teacher works through several different samples on the video to make sure that the concept is understood. After watching the video, each lesson as worksheets to do that will help the student practice the concepts being taught. After the worksheet has been completed it can then be graded. There is a sample lesson available on the website if you would like to view it for yourself.
How We Used It
While Hannah is in sixth grade math is an area she has fallen behind in so I was excited to have a chance to try out Mastering 5th Grade Math! – Volume 1 – Essentials of Fractions. The first day we inserted the DVD in the computer and watched it together. Then I switched to the CD-Rom and printed off the worksheets for that lesson. The first day she completed all the worksheets for that lesson. After the first day we found that it was much easier to just insert the CD-Rom to watch the digital copy of the lesson and then print out the worksheets. After she completed the worksheets each day I would open up the answer key to grade them. We found after the first few lessons it became too difficult for her to complete all the worksheet material the same day as she completed the lesson. At first I tried to have her do selected problems from each worksheet but felt like we were losing out on having plenty of practice with the concepts. After that I started having her watch the lesson the first day and complete the worksheet. For the next couple of days depending on how she did in the worksheet I either had her watch the lesson again and then complete the next worksheet or just let her do the worksheet.
Again as I stated in the first paragraph ScienceandMath.com does states “Common Core” standards I didn’t see anything in the math lessons that made me feel that it was inappropriate or that it didn’t teach anything other than basic math facts as it related to learning fractions. So I don’t feel that using “Common Core” had any effect on the learning experience either way.
I really loved how easy it was to insert one disc into the computer and then be able to watch the lesson, print off the worksheet, and then go back and grade the worksheet. I also appreciated the fact that we could move as quickly or as slowly as we needed to for full mastery of the concept being taught. The video lessons were high quality and very easy to listen too. They were very complete and did a great job of explaining a complex subject. The teacher seemed to make sure that terms were reviewed and it wasn’t assumed that a student would just understand the terms he was using. Hannah liked the idea that she could go back and watch the lesson over again or even back up during the lesson to review the information being taught. I also feel that as the website states math concepts often overlap from year to year therefore Hannah wasn’t watching something that was below her level. It didn’t make her love math but I do think it helped her understand the “Essentials of Fractions” a whole lot more.
Just the Facts
The age range for Mastering 5th Grade Math – Volume 1 – Essentials of Fractions is appropriate for 4th – 6th grade. It includes 16 step-by-step lessons, printable worksheets, and printable answer key on 1 DVD and 1 CD-Rom. The listed retail price for the set is $21.99 but at the time of this review it was on sale for $15.99. There is also a digital download version that sells for $14.99.
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