Making Math Meaningful Level 6
Poor Decision on Our Part
About the best thing I could say about this book is its price. We felt it was very reasonable and the claims on the publisher's website sounded like what we needed in a curriculum.
We had been using a different curriculum since day one because it closely aligned with our faith, but it was becoming a struggle for our oldest. We did not want to go to a computer based program with a whole lot of bells and whistles. We appreciated this book was created by and for homeschoolers.
We have been thinking our problem with Making Math Meaningful is possibly because we did not start this until Level 6. Also, this has no parental guide whatsoever, expecting the student to be able to work through it on their own.
Every curriculum has a different way of teaching their lessons. Not every family starts at the Kindergarten level, so I feel the this company (and others) should prepare their products in such a way that the parents can feel confident with it whether they begin in Kindergarten or in the later years.
My husband and I both struggle with trying to figure out what the author is trying to convey in the questions he asks. For example, you see three circles representing pies, you are told there are 8 people. "How many for each?" What does he mean? How many pies? or How many pieces per person? But the answer in the back looks to represent 3/8 pie per person.
The layout is confusing for checking purposes using the answer key at the back. Not every question is numbered. Some labelled as "Examples" require answers, yet many spots for writing answers do not have any answers in the answer key.
My child struggles just as much with this one as with the other, and trying to work with him through this, I do not see his understanding of math concepts improving one bit.
November 16, 2011
Very Thorough Math Text
We had switched to an computer based math course to assist in teaching our older child the skills needed for their next level of math.
I wished we'd found M.M.M first since, in hind sight, we basically wasted 8 months on another program that was just not geared to our child's learning style.
M.M.M is a much better fit with more practice problems if needed and the tutorial portion of the lessons are very clear and thorough.
We are also using Level 2 for our younger child who is not as strong in math as their older sibling is, using Level 6.
Making Math Meaningful works so well for our math orientated child with this level and our (previously) not quite so math orientated child with level 2.
April 26, 2011