In our homeschool we have been using Mathematical Reasoning for Kindergarten. We have really been enjoying it. Today I am reviewing Level F from The Critical Thinking Company.
Behind the title page of this *10 pound* book you will find 384 pages of curriculum and solutions. Above the title I see “Core Curriculum or Supplemental Resource”. I can’t imagine this being anything other than core curriculum-it is really beefy!
In this level, which is 5th grade you will find the following:
- Number and Operations
- Data Analysis and Probability
which are NCTM Standards. The amount of math covered within these categories can’t be covered in this post, but I grabbed a few which are found on the website:
- Place Value – expanded notation, number form, word form
- Reflection, Translation, Rotation
- Shapes – 2D, 3D
- Signed Numbers
- Temperature – customary, metric
- Variable as Unknown – in addition, in subtraction, in multiplication, in division
- Weight – customary, metric
- Whole Numbers – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
- Word Problems
Before getting started you will find some helpful information about Mathematical Reasoning, and how to use it.
The lessons themselves are visually appealing without being overly cluttered or distracting.
I think the “reasoning” in Mathematical Reasoning can be a little tricky for my learners, so I am grateful there is an answer key included. “Balance Benders” is a perfect example, and I don’t know of another curriculum that uses this reasoning aspect.
Mathematical Reasoning is a very well-rounded math curriculum, with real-life examples of how math is used everyday.
There are lesson introductions when a new concept is introduced, but otherwise the instruction is minimal other than hints. If I had a complaint about this curriculum, it would be lack of examples in the reasoning lessons. Since they are not as easy for us examples would be very helpful.
If you would like to learn what other TOS Crew members thought of these and other titles offered by The Critical Thinking Company, visit the TOS Crew blog.
**Disclaimer-I received this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**
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