Core Curriculum Series. This series offers "Complete Grade Level Solutions in Math, Language Arts, Science and Reasoning." There is a Core Curriculum Series in at least one of those subjects for every level through grade 12. Most people know about The Critical Thinking Company because of their logic and thinking skills books--and they do these very well. In recent years they have opened up new avenues of learning for students in the various subjects listed above. This note, from their website, details how their Core Curriculum Series is different:
We design critical thinking into ALL of our core curriculum products. This not only helps students transfer critical thinking skills to other areas of their lives, it improves the effectiveness of the lessons. Critical thinking requires deeper analysis of the lesson. Deeper analysis produces deeper understanding, resulting in greater engagement and retention of the lesson.
The author, Carolyn Anderson, holds graduate degrees in mathematics and education. "She taught for more than 20 years in the North Kansas City School District and is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Park University. (...) She spent nearly ten years as managing editor of Math Magic, a national math magazine and math-enrichment developer."
I thought that last bit was remarkable and would be of interest to homeschool moms that are less inclined towards textbooks. This is not your normal 5th grade math book!
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The list of topics/skills covered in Mathematical Reasoning is thorough:
Table of Contents/Skills
Capacity - customary, metric
Concept - addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Data Analysis - bar graph, line graph, survey, table, picture
Decimals - concept, add, subtract, multiple, divide
Draw - parallel, perpendicular, by definition
Equations Expression, Vocabulary
Estimation - addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
Fractions - form/vocabulary, add, subtract, multiply, divide
Graph, Table, Chart, Figure - analyze, represent
Mean, Median, Mode
Money - add, subtract, multiply, divide
Order of Operations
Patterns - geometric, numeric
Place Value - expanded notation, number form, word form
Reflection, Translation, Rotation
Shapes - 2D, 3D
Temperature - customary, metric
Variable as Unknown - in addition, in subtraction, in multiplication, in division
Weight - customary, metric
Whole Numbers - addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
NCTM Standards covered are:
Number and Operations
Data Analysis and Probability
Mathematical Reasoning is intended to be used with your child; not handed to them with page numbers marked off for them. (Something I am all too guilty of doing with math!) These activities are meant to be done together to foster real understanding. The Critical Thinking Company doesn't just want your children to walk away with math knowledge, they want to help your child think critically about what they have learned.
If these are goals you have for your child then I highly recommend you investigate The Critical Thinking Company's website. There is something for every family and every homeschool to be found there.
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me,
in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.