The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew: Page a Day Math
Updated: Jun 6, 2020
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We were so happy to use Page a Day Math and check out what they have to offer. K-bug really loves it! There are definitely some things about this product that I really love, too! We tried out both the Addition Starter Kit and the Handwriting Books Each In Print & Cursive (we chose a print one with sight words).
The book we started with is the first purple book in the kit shown below. This kit comes with all of the books in the photo with the added bonuses of flash cards (1), fluency tests (2), rewards chart (3) and two bonus handwriting books (4&5).
The biggest thing with this curriculum that I initially misunderstood is that it is not a main math curriculum. This means it is a supplemental curriculum. It's focus is mastery of math fact fluency, which is of tantamount importance for solid mathematics performance as a student advances in math..
While I was given digital copies to evaluate, and they worked fine, I don't know why I am so old fashioned but I prefer printed copies of curriculum. That said, if you have several children, the e-copies make so much more sense. Here goes our experience with the curriculum.
We used Books 3 and 4 of the Addition Starter Kit. We also used Super Sight Words for print work. We focused primarily on the addition kit, though.
My number one positive for this curriculum is the crosshairs they have your student use to write in. One of K-Bug's biggest hurdles is handwriting and I found quickly that the crosshairs and boundary box, rather than your typical lined-and-dashed paper really made her focus on neat handwriting. It was never even a consideration for me, but I was amazed at how it helped!
The graphics are also very cute. The dogs all have names and cheer your child on!
My second favorite thing is the fact that it's pretty much hands-off after the first day or so. The problems are to be traced. This also helps with handwriting and with hand to brain memory. Such a great idea! She still writes numbers backwards. There are varying opinions on it, but I don't say a whole lot because our son did the same, but he outgrew it.
I really like the flow of the workbooks. They are sequential. I asked the author what would be recommended for use with Saxon Math (what we use): to use it as an alternative to the times tests or in addition to...definitely in addition to.
Not only are these sequential, but they also cover all four operations sequentially. These are a perfect, and quick, addition (no pun intended) to your math curriculum to get your kids the extra math facts time that is needed for fluency.
The handwriting books were nice, and I like that they were sight words and then other subject-related words to get families with (like biology, etc). I like that they encourage her to stay in the lines. We typically have used Handwriting Without Tears but I think we will use these with her for a while and see how it goes. I don't know if there will be any crutches made, but I don't think so.
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