When I had the chance to review the One Page a Day: Double Digit Math Problem Workbook by letting my 9-year-old use it for daily math practice, I anticipated it being a bit of a chore for her. I am happy to report that was not the case! She has actually enjoyed this workbook from Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks.
Daily Math Practice
Again, I thought this workbook would be a chore for her. She enjoys it though!
She usually does it first, before she and I sit down together to do her school. I think she is proud that she does it all by herself without my prompting. And, she should be! It’s so great when your kids do what they are supposed to do without you having to ask them (or nag them!) to do it.
Each page has 25 math problems on it. It starts with simple addition for the first few pages. Then it has pages with just simple subtraction.
After that, for a few pages, each page has a mix of simple subtraction and simple addition problems. There were lots of eraser marks on these pages at first, because my daughter had to remember to look at the sign!! I loved that the book mixed them up like that so she was forced to concentrate a little more.
Additions problems that carry over begin on page 20, followed by subtraction problems where you need to borrow. And then the last pages are a mixture of the different types of problems.
Hopefully, you can see in the picture above the boxes around all the numbers. Those boxes help the student line up the numbers properly. This has been a problem for my daughter on the bigger addition problems, so this was a great visual for her. She is able to see how the numbers line up and remember that only one number belongs in each box. Then, when she is doing other math problems that do not include the boxes, she will likely have formed a good habit and know where to put all the numbers.
Buy it or don’t buy it??
My simple answer? Buy it!
My older two kids are in 8th and 10th grade, so they are a bit old for this book and would likely be quite angry with me if I bought it for them (haha!). That being said, I wish I had this workbook when they were younger to help them with lining up the problems!
It doesn’t just help with your student’s math skills. My daughter normally writes her numbers enormously and messy. Using the boxes, I have seen an improvement in her handwriting as well!
Speaking of Handwriting…
As the name implies, Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks also has handwriting practice workbooks for kids in pre-k through 3rd grade. I didn’t review one of those, but if you click the “read more” banner below, you can see how other TOS crew members liked those books.
I’m thinking I may get one for my daughter actually. She writes her letters really big as well, so I think it may help to force her to write them smaller and more legible. Even though the Easy Peasy Alphabet workbook is labeled as being for Pre-K to 1st grade, that one might be the best fit for her. Maybe doing a workbook labeled at that young of a level will be just the encouragement she needs to take her time while writing and write neatly! ;) Just kidding… I am more likely to get her the one for 1st through 3rd grade, called Quick & Neat Writing Pad. Instead of just writing the alphabet, which she knows, she can use that pad to write words and just concentrate on her handwriting.
Have any of your students ever used these workbooks? What did you think?