Moving With Math
|Grades:K-8||Moving With Math from Math Teachers Press, Inc|
Linking Manipulatives - Practice - Problem solving.
Moving with Math program uses manipulatives to teach all essential math concepts from pre-kindergarten through pre-algebra. Every lesson begins with manipulative activities to develop understanding of concepts at the concrete level. Activity-based learning provides the solution for all learning styles.
The program is organized by topics. There are two different programs available for home education:
1. Moving with Math Foundations is for grades PreK-2. It is a conceptually based math program matched to state standards, integrates children's stories with activity-based lessons. Lightly scripted lesson plans guide hands-on activities leading to pictures and practice on student pages.
2. A multi-grade program with four levels (each level is for two grades). This program is objective-based with a set of 50-60 objectives per grade. Manipulatives introduce concepts so that learning can proceed from the concrete to the abstract. Illustrations aid visual thinking. Activity-based learning provides the solution for all learning styles. Vocabulary and reasoning are developed as students talk about their discoveries and practice with pencil and paper. Many games reinforce skills and make learning fun. Students learn strategies to help remember basic facts.
Students use a five-step plan and strategies - act it out, use a model, draw a picture - to solve real world problems. Structured lesson plans save time and guarantee success for the parent-teacher.
Pricing. Moving with Math Foundations. Kindergarten complete package $240, Grade 1 or 2 complete package $295. Multi-grade program one level is $150 for levels A, B, and C, and $180 for level D. You can also purchase manipulatives, teacher guides, and student workbooks separately.
Reviews of Moving With Math curriculum
I love this curriculum because it gives a wonderful balance of drill and practice with plenty of hands-on manipulative work for those students who need that. I have an elementary educ. background and wish I had had something like this back when I taught in public school. It is very user friendly once you figure out all the components, and the 2-year set up makes it easy to go at the learners pace. I also like that it has review work included so that the students constantly see concepts covered earlier throughout the year so that they are less likely to forget. I also like that it didn't give the student 45 problems to do each day, like some curriculums do -- most of the time that is merely busy work -- if they can do 10 - 15 problems they can do 45, so why waste their time! I also found that as my children have gotten older, they are often able to follow the example at the top of the page and do the assignment with little or no instruction from me. I also like that when they introduce a topic they teach it for mastery, rather than merely exposing the student to it with the purpose of going back to it later as other curriculums tend to do. This makes for a more solid foundation.
We used this all the way through the 6th grade level and then switched to another program for higher level math. My son has done a wonderful job with the transition with no apparent gaps. He had a solid foundation to go on and is now actually working a year ahead of his grade in math.
Review left April 15, 2009
Pro: The organization into discrete Learning Objectives makes it easy for me to supplement; I also like the pretests and post-tests, which make it easy to know what topics to focus on. The included review tests help strike a nice balance between a "spiral" and a "topical" math curriculum. The suggestions for manipulatives are helpful, especially at the lower levels. The curriculum is relatively inexpensive.
Con: The artwork is really lame; the Teacher's Guides vary a lot from one level to the next; the work asked of the 7th and 8th graders is not very challenging. By level: The Kindergarten level can easily be the basis for your whole curriculum, because it uses a lot of cross-curricular material, and has an extremely detailed teacher's manual. The Level A, B, and D teacher's manuals are very minimal. The Level C teacher's manual is excellent.
Any other helpful hints:
Consider whether the reproducible or consumable version of the "Skill Builders" book is a better value for you.
Wonderful! Used it with my child who was reluctant and he begged to do more math. I loved the games and illustrations. Especially loved it when my child said, "Why does everyone think decimals and percentages are so hard?" Book explained teaching tools and methods. Loved the "logic" to the teaching. Made it simple. Wish my teacher had this when I was a kid.
Moving With Math is a wonderful math program. It is extremely easy to use, and helps parents understand which skills their children still need to work on. It breaks difficult concepts into easy, non-threatening baby steps so that children understand the "why" and the "how". It also incorporates literature and reading with math! If you are looking for a math curriculum, go to the Moving With Math website and order a catalog and sample curriculum. You will love it!
I love the variety of activities and interest this program adds. I could easily spend 2 hours/day on math if we did everything, but we pick and choose from the activites to maintain variety. There is a very brief daily review to ensure nothing is learned then forgotten, oral at first (for first grade). My child had poor fine motor (so couldn't do the workbooks for some curriculums) and is easily bored with repetitive work. This curriculum provided games, drawing assignments, books, manipulative play, journal writing, and other activities. It added the breadth we needed.