Mathematical Reasoning Level A (Kindergarten)
Beyond Drill to Real Skills
Most parents know that a child who only memorizes math facts without really understanding math will find progressively complex concepts more and more difficult to understand. But what they erroneously think is that such problems arise about the time a child is memorizing the multiplication table. Not so. Unlike reading, an integral skill that is tightly woven throughout our entire day, math tends to be a more sporadic subject, essential when you need it and then easily set aside. That is why it is imperative that a child is able to reason his way through any mathematical problem.
Award-winning Mathematical Reasoning is a great place to start. With 250 pages of quick, straightforward problems to build mathematical reasoning skills in kindergartners, these highly motivational activities will take your child beyond mere drill work by using step-by-step, discussion-based problem solving. Concepts spiral gradually so that children do not forget as they go. The concepts are written to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Non-reproducible.
Topics/activities include Addition, Bar Graph, Calendar, Capacity, Coins, Count, Fractions, Language, Length, Likelihood, Match, Number Line, Odd/Even, Order, Pattern, Real World Problems, Shapes, Subtraction, Time, Weight, and Whole Numbers.
Answer guide included in the back of the book.
Awards and Endorsements:
Dr. Toy Best Picks
Mensa Recommended Materials for the Gifted
iParenting Media Award
Mom's Choice Awards Silver Medal for Excellence
Creative Child Magazine 2012 Book of the Year Award
Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal for Excellence
Cathy Duffy 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
iParenting Media Best Products
Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award
iParenting Media Excellent Products
Cathy Duffy Top 100 Award
Dr. Toy Product of Excellence
Learning® Magazine Recommended Resource for Successful Teaching
Jenkins Group Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Silver Medal
2014 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards™ - Honorable Mention, Elementary Math Category
Practical Homeschooling Magazine 3rd Place Reader Award
My 4 year old has been working through this book for the last semester and I can’t get over how much her confidence in math has grown! Some pages are a little easy but others are challenging and push her out of her comfort zone. There’s also enough repetition that she gets plenty of practice in each topic before moving to another concept. The colors are stimulating and fun which helps keep her attention.
We have full enjoyed using the entire Mathematical Reasoning series and this book is included. The colored pictures are engaging and hold our little ones attention and the questions are straightforward enough that she doesn't get bored or distracted. This series really helped us teach math to our little one in a visual way that helped her learn.
I always find myself including mathematical reasoning into our yearly curriculum even when it isn’t our foundation for math. It’s a great stand alone, but also just great for review. It hits all the marks for the school year but progresses gently and isn’t hard to follow. The only thing I didn’t like was the introduction of telling time in this edition, there was no primer or working up to it. It felt a little confusing and seemed like I had missed something. But we worked around it and found resources to help teach that section. Otherwise, we always love this book!
I love this book for it's great use of critical thinking activities. It definitely presents the problems in a way that helps them think a little differently and problem solve in a deeper way. We used about half of it to supplement our math curriculum, I'll be reusing it with my daughter when she's ready.
We used this after the first Mathematical Reasoning book with our oldest. It started a good relationship with numbers. This one is consumable with lots of writing and tracing the digits.