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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Math Refresher for Adults {Math Essentials} Review

Hello dear readers. Let's talk Math today. No matter your background or whatever you find yourself doing on a daily basis, you can’t escape the use of math in everyday life. “Math is one of those topics that you either use it, or you forget it.” As I look around, I see all the ways I use math like when cooking meals, shopping for our needs, managing our household budget, and the list goes on. “Everyone needs strong Math skills” whether they realize it or not. In homeschooling our son, there were times when I needed to relearn some math concepts alongside him. I never had strong math skills to begin with but found that I had forgotten some of what I had learned back when I was in school. If you're like me and need to brush up on your Math skills, I recommend checking out Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials.

Math Essentials- Math Refresher
Math Essentials founder Richard W. Fisher (also known as Rick) was a math instructor for the Oak Grove School District in San Jose, CA, for over 31 years. He is known as America’s Math teacher. Rick has devoted his time to teaching and developing “unique award-winning, highly functional, easy-to-use, and, most importantly, easy-to-understand mathematics teaching system that produces amazing/dramatic results for students”. All of Rick’s “math learning materials can be used successfully with students who are struggling with math or have limited English skills”.

Math Refresher for Adults
I received Math Refresher for Adults for review purposes. It is a 270 page paperback and “explains all math topics from grade 4 through algebra”. The cost is $28.95. It is designed for you the adult/parent to master the foundational math skills we all need. Math Refresher for Adults is beneficial for lots of different reasons. Being a “refresher” it was “written to ensure that the most amount of learning takes place in the shortest amount of time”. This book is great for homeschooling parents to be able to help their own kids with math.

In the beginning pages of Math Refresher for Adults you will find “Tips on How to Use the Book”, and learn about the video tutorials on the website that correspond with the lessons. These are password protected so you must note the access code instructions on page 4. There are even advanced Algebra video tutorials (the access code is right there on page 4). Next, you will see a detailed “Table of Contents”. It is set up in a way that makes it easier to find the exact topic you want to work on. This is a time saver because you don’t have to start at the beginning lessons of this book if you don’t need to. Just start anywhere on any lesson you need to brush up on. The topics covered are:

General Math- Whole Number Operations, Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Geometry, Integers, Charts and Graphs, Word Problems

Pre-Algebra and Algebra- Sets, Positive and Negative Fractions/Decimals, Exponents, Square Roots, Order of Operations, Ratios and Proportions, Slope, etc.…..

In the back of the book are the problem Solutions, a Glossary of math Terms, Important math Symbols and Tables. Each chapter has short, easy-to-understand lessons that are explained in simple language. Each page of the lessons has a Copyright and note on the bottom about it being illegal to photocopy the pages. On page 5 it does say “you can copy the problems on to a piece of paper to work out”. In the next photo, you will see that is exactly what I chose to do.

Math Lesson
I used Math Refresher for Adults like a textbook instead of a workbook. I found it easier for me to copy all the problems onto a separate piece of paper so I would have room to work them out (see full pic below). If you can tell from the photo, the problems from the book (on the left) are all on 1 page. Flipping through the book I found that to be the case for most of the lessons. The page set up is like this…..

First, there is a small section for taking notes.

Next are the Review Exercises which have 4 problems (may be up to 6 in the Pre-Algebra and Algebra sections). “Consistent review is built into each lesson”.

Then there are the Helpful Hints to ensure you understand each new topic being introduced (If you still don’t understand how to work the problems out, this is where the video tutorials come in handy).

Following that is 2 sample problems marked ‘S’ to get you going.

After that, you have 10 problems to work out with a scoring section next to it (anything at least 80% is considered passing).

Last is 1 word problem to solve.

The beginning lessons focused on math concepts that were not areas I struggle in. Instead, I went straight for the lessons on Fractions because that is where I was weakest. I was able to remember some concepts but had to turn to the video tutorials when I got stuck. At first, I was lost trying to find the videos for this particular book on the website. After some digging, I came to discover the lessons were within other math books they sell. It would have been nice to have the lessons also labeled for Math Refresher for Adults so that they are easier to find. In the videos, I like that he explains while he works the problems out a few times so that you see how they are done.

    Math lesson on paper

For the past month, I have worked on a couple of lessons daily to refresh the areas where I need to strengthen my math skills. It is recommended that you “spend no more than an hour doing math”. I agree because my brain and eyes needed a rest and I wanted the concept I just worked on to sink in. I have not reached any of the Pre-Algebra or Algebra lessons yet, but I’m in no hurry. I’m glad I have this resource handy to help me keep up on my math skills.

Thank you for taking the time to read my review. If you have a math phobia or are a homeschool mom that’s intimidated by teaching math to your children, I highly recommend you consider this math refresher. Other Crew members reviewed Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials. Click on the banner below to read their thoughts.

Math Refresher for Adults {Math Essentials}

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Transmute~



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Tranquil
Torrid
Tantamount
Strident
Solipsistic
Sojourn
Sanguine
Respite
Replete
Remiss
Refute
Ramify

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Tranquil~


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Torrid
Tantamount
Strident
Solipsistic
Sojourn
Sanguine
Respite
Replete
Remiss
Refute
Ramify

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Torrid~


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Tantamount
Strident
Solipsistic
Sojourn
Sanguine
Respite
Replete
Remiss
Refute
Ramify

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

White House Holidays Unit Studies {Silverdale Press LLC} Review

Hello lovely readers. After our 1st year of homeschooling, my son started being interested in learning about special dates/holidays that show up on our yearly calendars. We often took breaks from our regular studies to dive into this fun times of learning history. Our eyes were opened to lots of special dates we had either taken for granted, barely knew about, or had not heard of before. Learning the actual history behind many holidays changed the way we approached our celebration/observance of them. Over the last month, I had an opportunity to review some units to help with this. White House Holidays Unit Studies from Silverdale Press LLC are a great way to keep learning happening while taking a break from regular history studies.

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Silverdale Press LLC was founded by Joshua and Jill Hummer. They are homeschool advocates with four young children of their own. “Their aim is to provide high quality educational resources to homeschooling families. Silverdale Press LLC is headquartered in Winchester, Virginia. It seeks to cultivate knowledge and sharpen skills, preparing students for a lifetime of learning and citizenship.”

The White House Holidays Unit Studies takes us through the history behind key U.S. holidays celebrated in our country. They were written to help parents teach their students ages 5-18 about the rich history of these holidays. The celebration of these holidays “binds us together as a nation, instill in us a sense of patriotism, unity, and togetherness”. Children of all ages will benefit from learning holiday history. Not only does it provide a way for the younger ones to “mark the seasons of the calendar and the progress of time”, but it also makes for “deeper learning, understanding, and developing a greater sense of meaning in history” for the older ones.

White House Holidays Unit Studies
Silverdale Press LLC has taken the work out of parents having to come up with their own holiday lesson plans, activities, and resources. The White House Holidays Unit Studies are easy for parents to use so they can help their students discover how “many of our holidays and traditions are tied to different American presidents”. These come “complete with lesson plans, teacher scripts, primary source material, and answer keys”. The price for these individual unit studies varies from $20-$30. There are a total of 6 unit studies available. All are downloadable PDFs with a lesson and activity options for K-6th, and 7th-12th grades. Some parts can even be done as a whole family. There are anywhere from 3-5 lessons in these units. The holidays included are:
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Valentine's Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
Before I talk about the 3 we have already worked through, let me share with you something interesting about the other 3 I looked over.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – This unit study is 5 lessons. There are timelines to understand the chronology of MLK Jr. life and work, map points for plotting the important places MLK Jr. life and work took him, key terms, and video links. You will learn about his early life as a child all the way through the parts that presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson played in his work to get equal justice laws for African Americans.

Did you know MLK Jr.’s father was known as Daddy King? Daddy King provided well for his family, saved, budgeted his money, and never lived beyond his means. Because of this MLK Jr. did not have to quit school to get a job to help support his family like so many other young black children did.

Thanksgiving – This unit study has 5 lessons. It covers the first Thanksgiving, The Roots of a National Holiday, The Presidential Turkey Pardon, and there are even some recipes to try.

Did you know the annual presidential turkey pardon made its debut in 1863 with president Abraham Lincoln? To keep the presidential Thanksgiving tradition going in the 1870s Horace Vose from Rhode Island (known as the “Poultry King”) started sending turkeys to the White House each year until his death in 1913. So what we see up to this point during Thanksgiving at the White House has been going on for a long time through history.

Christmas – This unit study has 4 lessons with 6 activities per lesson (a total of 24 activities). “Each of the lessons covers a historical White House Christmas theme and a special feature of White House Christmases”. There are various subject areas like history, government, art, literature, music, ect. Students will learn about things like Jacqueline Kennedy’s role in establishing White House Christmas themes and The Nutcracker Suite, Betty Ford and Handmade Folk Art, Barbara Bush and the Story Book theme Christmas, as well as Michelle Obama- Simple Gifts and Military Families.

Did you know that in 1974 when President Ford came to office, first lady Betty Ford tried to show Americans how to be thrifty? Economic times were stagnate with inflation thrown in the mix in the country during that time. During the holidays she wanted to show people you “didn’t have to spend lots of money to have a festive Christmas”.  She sent out special mailers to people who wrote her with all sorts of ideas and tips to accomplish this goal.

White House Holidays Units
Now for the units we worked through. The first week we did the Valentine’s Day unit study. This PDF is 64 pages with 5 lessons. Each lesson is intended to be done one per day leading up to Valentine’s Day. A variety of subjects are covered like history and government, literature, poetry, music, baking, etc. It “is written so that the entire family can learn from them together”.  There is even a page to keep track of course credits with a breakdown of how it would count. There is an Introduction and Overview for Teachers to explain the Learning Outcomes, shows a list of any materials needed for activities, and a written lesson plan.

My son’s favorite part of this study was reading Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s love letters to one another. He thought their love story was the sweetest ever. After reading John and Abigail Adams he got a chance to do an activity making paper look old. It involved coffee, crumpled up paper, baking it in the oven at a low temp. and burning the ends with a lighted match (see pic below). We worked on discussion questions for each lesson out loud and learned a lot of neat things about a few president’s love lives :-)

WH Holidays Valentines Day Unit
The next week we worked through the Veterans Day unit study. This one is 49 pages with 3 lessons. All the “lessons can be done all in a day, one lesson per day, or one lesson per week leading up to Veterans Day”.  There are separate lessons for K-6 and 7-12th grades. We worked on the 7-12th lessons. I liked that estimated times are included for each lesson. This helped me decide how to plan our day of learning to see if we would work only on this unit study for the day or fit it in around our other scheduled plans. We learned all about Armistice Day and how it was changed to Veteran’s Day. My son got to write his own 14 Points after reading through president Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points. We also worked through discussion questions orally. The list at the end with ideas of how to observe Veterans Day will be useful to us in years to come :-)
 WH Holidays Labor Day Unit
We wrapped things up the next week with the Labor Day unit study. This one is 53 pages with 3 lessons. Again this one has separate lessons for K-6 and 7-12th grades. Another thing good about these unit studies is that the “primary source documents are included”. You don’t have to have to go searching for library books to read for the lessons. The “materials needed for the activities are kept to a minimum and limited to things you most likely already have in your home”.

Focusing on the 7th-12th grade lessons we learned about the horrible labor conditions in the late 1800s and early 1900s. My son was in such disbelief of hearing how children were made to work for long hours, living in awful conditions, and barely had any education. Eleanor Roosevelt was very active in amending the U.S. Constitution to ban child labor.  My son enjoyed getting to hear Ronald Reagan’s Labor Day Speech when he was running for president. He heard the famous line that him and president Trump both use. The fact that he caught on to that let me know he was really paying attention.

I really appreciate getting a chance to use these unit studies. We certainly did “have fun, made memories, and learned history”! Thank you for taking the time to read my review. Some members of the Homeschool Review Crew also reviewed Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers. To read what others thought about it and the White House Unit Studies from Silverdale Press LLC, click on the banner below to see what my other Crewmates had to say.

Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers & White House Holidays Unit Studies {Silverdale Press LLC Reviews}

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Tantamount~



Previous Words of the Week:
Strident
Solipsistic
Sojourn
Sanguine
Respite
Replete
Remiss
Refute
Ramify
Querulous

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