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Rays Arithmetic Series (8 Volume Set) Paperback – June 1, 1985

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ISBN-13: 978-0880620505 ISBN-10: 0880620501 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Series: Ray's Arithmetic
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mott Media; Reprint edition (June 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880620501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880620505
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 4.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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198 of 198 people found the following review helpful By E. Whelan on March 17, 2009
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I am delighted with the Ray's books and my daughter who is in 1st grade seems to be less distracted by doing these books that the litany of workbooks and more flashy things we have used. I like that it is repetitive in a way but since it uses a lot of word problems(which I read to her or help her read at this point) it is not boring.
I am less satisfied that Amazon was not very clear in listing the specific titles in the series and we ended up purchasing a seperate Key which came with the set after all so we wasted our money there.
Just as a FYI, the titles include:
Parent-Teacher Guide (by Ruth Beechick)
Primary Arithmetic
Intellectual Arithmetic
Practical Arithmetic
Higher Arithmetic
Key: Primary, Intellectual, Practical
Key to Higher Arithmetic
Test Examples in Arithmetic
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2000
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Ray's Arithmetics offers the best of all I liked about other popular homeschooling programs (and more) at a fraction of their cost. The lessons are sensible and practical, and they will take us through the eighth grade, from learning to count and read numbers to doing college-level business math. The teacher's guide, which is written by Ruth Beechick, provides an outline and tips on teaching each grade level. Here is her entry for the chapter on Grade 2 : "Teaching Second Grade - A Typical Day - A Typical Week's Schedule - Planning Guide - Progress Record - Testing Second Graders - Test Schecule - Unit Tests - Answer Key for Unit Tests." She offers outlines for fitting lessons into a 36-week year. She also includes a chapter on interesting projects and games that help teach everything from counting to geometry and measures. The books are compact and well-made, so they will fit on my already-crowded bookshelf and they will last through all our children. This eight-book set is perfect for parents who are not impressed with bells and whistles and slick packaging: Ray's Arithmetics look old-fashioned, inside and out. The exercises are practical word problems written using 19th-century prices and situations, which is charming and could be used to enhance a unit study on that era. Ruth Beechick recommends taking care in the eighth-grade year to strengthen any weaknesses that are apparent before going on to algebra, probability, navigation, and so on. I'm excited about learning along with the children. I see many things in these books that I wish I understood, but never was taught, not even in college. When we're finished, the children and I will KNOW math, and I will no longer feel helpless when it comes to our insurance and investments. I highly recommend Ray's Arithmetics.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By "turbofamily" on August 3, 2002
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I love this series. It's practical, productive, and, most of all, interesting - it keeps my children's interest. I have natural mathematicians and struggling ones in our homeschooling family, but this suits all of them equally. Math is no longer avoided by the ones that find math challenging. The natural development of the mind is addressed by this unique but "old-fashioned" style. The parent's guide offers clear instructions to assist the learning schedule and process.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Melissa J. Newman on April 10, 2008
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This is well worth the investment. As others have stated it covers 1st - 8th grade. Primary Math (1st, 2nd) covers basic addition, basic subtraction, basic multiplication, and basic division. Practical Math (3rd, 4th) takes these to the next level and includes fractions, decimals, metric, etc. Some things that are marked as 3rd grade are covered in 2nd grade (or even 1st) in some current curriculum (basic fractions, basic geometry, 2 or 3 digit addition and subtraction, etc.) Therefore, look at the lessons in the 3rd grade even if your child is at a younger grade.

Practical Math is 5th and 6th grade, and it is way more in depth than I remember my math class being. It covers business math. Higher Math is 7th and 8th grade. From an initial look, it is very similair in structure to the Practical Math, but the problems are more difficult.

The teacher's manual is also great. The test examples book look like they are for 4th grade or above. Adding together 5 numbers of 5 digits each are the easiest problems. The teacher's manual has test examples for younger grades.

The only thing to be aware of is that many school districts are requiring standardized tests, and when I looked at the NJ ASK 5 (for my 5th grader) there were algebra problems on the test. Algebra is not touch in in this series until 9th grade, and the algebra book is not included in this set.

My opinion on the whole thing is that school districts are pushing algebra to younger grades, so that the calculus and discrete math can be taught in high school instead of college. What that means in reality is that money math is taken out of the curriculum. Most of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in this series has to do with the mathematics of money. So it is a choice that a parent is going to have to make. Do you want your child to take calculus in high school or do you want your child to spend that extra time learning the mathematics of money.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By K. Onyett on January 1, 2010
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I purchased this book (Primary) and the parent guide for my 1st grade daughter to use as our homeschool curriculum for math. It is much different than the typical worksheet curriculum. Having used McGruffy, Math U See and K12 curriculum with my 4th grader over the years, Ray's required a complete paradigm shift for me to use effectively. Don't tell any one, but I didn't touch it with my daughter for the first month because I was intimated without my workbook safety net.

There are no workbooks, work sheets or standard manipulatives (Lord knows I already have more than enough of those from other programs). Rather than teach a concept and shove a worksheet it requires a little more effort. Ray's focuses heavily on practical application (word problems) and mental math which my daughter is very good at. I will teach her the concept sometimes using manipulatives - sometimes not then she works the problem in her head usually but will sometimes use the manipulates. Sometimes I'll have her write the answer in a spiral but typically not. When you think about it, it makes much more sense to teach this way when possible. When we're out in the real world, no one hands us a worksheet to figure out if we're going to have enough cash to pay for all the stuff we're buying at the grocery, right?

My father is a wiz at mental math and I think it's because he was taught with a similar approach. We are finishing up with subtraction and the next step is multiplication - yes - multiplication! It is a logical progression with lots of oral drilling. The other wonderful note about this curriculum is the price. You can buy the entire set through year 8 for less than one year of most other curriculums. That's a deal!

My only beef is with the illustrations.
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