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Winner "Intel Innovations in Teaching Award"

Winner "Exemplary Program Award", Santa Clara County Office of Education, (California) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This program was written by a teacher for teachers, tutors, and most importantly students. Even parents who have difficulty with math will be able to do a fine job of tutoring their children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Math Essentials (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966621131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966621136
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Fisher was a math instructor for the Oak Grove School District in San Jose, California, for over 31 years. Since graduating from San Jose State University in 1971 with a B.A. in mathematics, Rick has devoted his time to both teaching and developing unique award-winning math materials. As a teacher, each year approximately one-half of his sixth grade students would bypass the seventh grade math program and move directly to a high-powered eighth grade algebra program.

Rick is a winner of the prestigious "Intel Innovations in Teaching Award". He also won the Glenn W. Hoffmann Exemplary Awards Program for all of Silicon Valley in California.
Rick has developed a highly functional, easy-to-use, and, most importantly, easy-to-understand mathematics teaching system that produces amazing results-results that he shares in his books, DVD's, and, now, a world-class online instructional program, AmericasMathTeacher.com.

These award-winning math materials are based on an exciting, tested teaching strategy that will produce dramatic results for students. Rick has literally transformed the math experience for thousands and thousands of students worldwide.
Through the use of his materials, countless students have improved several grade levels in their math abilities in just one school year. All of his math learning materials can be used successfully with students who are struggling with math or have limited English skills.

Rick may be reached at 408-314-4573 or math.essentials@verizon.net.


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mary Edwards on October 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Excellent book. Not only daily review, and work on number facts, but also lots of problem solving. A new topic is developed in each short daily lesson. A special section called "Helpful Hints" is excellent for students as well as parents. I like the way the book is set up in chapters. My son finally understands concepts he struggled with so much with his "regular" school textbook. All the important topics are included. Wholes, fractions, decimals, %'s, integers, geometry,

basic algebra, number theory, graphing, problem solving galore, and much more...

If your 4th or 5th grader is struggling in math, they need this book. A confidence booster for those who are doing well.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eric W. on April 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book lives up to its title. My 4th grade son has always struggled with math. That is until we started using this book.

The lessons are short with excellent, easy-to follow instruction for each new topic. The daily review has really made a difference, also. I wish I had this book for my other two boys when they were in 4th or 5th grade.

My question is, why don't they have more books like these in our schools. The kids would sure learn a lot more.

This book gets an A++.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on April 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Thank you Richard Fisher for this well written math program. My 4th and 2nd grader have been using Book One with the DVD for the last couple of months. Richard presents the material on DVD in such a clear manner that the boys are easily successful with the workbook pages. We watch the DVD segment twice first copying down the work and the second time just listening. Richards manner in the DVD is positive, respectful and encouraging. My boys really like him. The daily review and speed drills are highly effective in keeping the knowledge in longterm memory.

My 4th grader is dyslexic and we struggled tremendously with Houghton Mifflin's 4th grade text. MEMS workbook format is perfect for those who are slowed down with copying a copious number of problems from a text. Currently we have covered much more material in 2 months with MEMS then we did in the whole beginning of the school year AND the boys have a solid understanding of what they are doing. I have tried several math approaches in homeschooling and this is by far the most successful. Richard, have you thought of marketing more to homeschoolers as many of our friends have not heard of your work and I cannot do it single-handedly?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Erin E. Molta on October 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a self-proclaimed math illiterate and a fractions idiot. My poor teachers way-back-when used take alka-seltzer after a session and a B on a test was a chance for great praise. Now that my daughter is getting into math more complicated than adding and subtracting, I needed something to help me help her. I read this book and suddenly a lighbulb went on. I could actually understand the concept of fractions and adding and multiplying and common denominators. It had all been a murky mess before. This book is clear and concise with examples and a chance to practice. I highly recommend it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Cooper on August 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book gets down to business from the first page, beginning with adding large numbers and progressing through geometry, algebra, probability and statistics (eek!) Thankfully, it comes with a Parent Handbook and Answer Key, but it doesn't give much accompanying topic instruction. I think I'll need to study up before we get to fractions.

Each page is a self-contained 20 minute lesson. It begins with review exercises from the last lesson, addition and multiplication speed drills, which my son loves, carries on with some hints for doing the lesson and ten problems to solve, and finishes with a word problem.

We've just begun, but I have a feeling I'll learn as much as my son.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thirtysomething Reader on March 15, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 11 year old child has been working through this book for homeschool math and it is very good. Every page is an independent unit, with review, explanation of new material, and new problems to solve. The explanations are concise and always understandable. This book could be used as a reference if you've forgotten how to do certain kinds of problems (for schoolkids).

My only criticism is that is does not have an answer key, although the back cover claims that it does. I guess they mean you can buy a SEPARATE answer key? So to check the work you have to work through each problem yourself.

Also it's only black and white and has no pictures, but I'm sure that helps keep the costs (& size) down.

I strongly recommend this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Homeschool mom of 5 on January 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to use in our homeschool and love it! It is a great book to use for review as well as an easy way to teach new concepts that we haven't covered. No more pages and pages of boring problems. My kids don't complain about doing math anymore and they're getting it! The drills are great for speeding up their computation skills. I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sandshell on September 3, 2007
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I use this workbook in my classroom for our daily math practice. The format provides a great way to maintain daily facts review and it ensures that you incorporate word problems regularly. Each page provides ten problems of work in one particular area, with a small reminder of the process involved. The pages are not too 'busy' or overwhelming in visual presentation. Each page also begins with a review of concepts taught previously, so that ongoing practice is incorporated. Of course, separate instruction, hands-on learning and other formats of work are essentail for rounding out the curriculum, but this is an easy format to follow for a year's focus of basic math curricula. This will be my second year using the book, and I have yet to try to 'new' edition. The older edition did have a few mistakes with problems given more than once on a page every now and then and the answer key sometimes provided wrong answers, but the students loved finding these errors! We have found as a class that the pages often take more than 20 minutes to complete. 30 minutes may be more accurate.
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