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Mastering Essential Math Skills: 20 Minutes a Day to Success, Book 2: Middle Grades/High School Paperback – Illustrated, February 15, 2007
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About the Author
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Paperback : 127 pages
- Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0966621129
- Product dimensions : 8.5 x 0.35 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Math Essentials; 2nd edition (February 15, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In some cases tho, I'll admit that this book was below grade level. The explanations and examples are a lot gentler than the ones I've seen in those common core books. When you're first learning a concept, you shouldn't start out with incredibly hard examples, and teach them ten different ways to solve a problem because that confuses students and causes them to hate math. Like in this book, examples should start out gently until you've mastered the concepts. What I would like to see though are more practice problems. The extra problems also should be a little more "meaty" than the ones that are found in the book. This can be done very easily on the Mastering Essentials website (hint hint Mr. Fisher).
I believe you will find that this book is pretty good, but only if you want to take the express train to algebra. Like an express train bypasses many stations and gets you to the same destination much faster, this is an essentials book. It does not cover many of the obscure topics and tricky word problems that are found on the common core state exams. The bulk of which are not needed in order to learn higher math. For that reason, if your intent is to get your child ready for the common core exam, you will need to supplement this book with a common core aligned math book. On the other hand, if your intent is for your child to actually learn the fundamentals and like math, and not just study to the test, then you should buy this book. Finally, I like the fact that this book has videos that go along with each lesson. And I also love the price!
Oh, and one last thing. Although this book says middle and high school, IMHO this book is more for 6th and 7th graders. Once they finish this one, they should be ready for the No Nonsense Algebra book. The only way I'd recommend this be used in high school is as a remedial review for those students who took common core math and didn't learn the basics.
We homeschool and this is the best math book we have used. There are daily drills, followed by daily review and, finally, a few problems covering new material. The format is simple and follows a very clear progression. The videos cover each new concept and the author has you follow along and write down concepts and problems. Mr. Fisher speaks and instructs in an easy to understand, slow-paced way. You can pause and go back if you don't understand. This book is not only appropriate for the middle grades, but also for anyone who needs to brush up on their basic skills (adults included). There are no cutesy or child-like illustrations in the book and the videos are taught as if he is speaking to an adult, not condescending at all. Perfect for my 7th grader! I wish I had found this series earlier. We will definitely be purchasing his math books for the next several years!