Posted by: Sara Carbone on: February 11, 2012
Below are resources you can tap to help support your child in math – up to about 6th grade. She can use them on her own or with you. The list consists of books and sites that I have consistently turned to over the years due to their ease of use and strong content.
1. Mathematics Handbook Series by Great Source Education Group
Mini textbooks of all the basics. Clear layout, visually differentiated by color and graphic organization. Great reference books to have “on call” as he does his homework or studies for a test. And these days, some teachers don’t actually use textbooks (just handouts and/or a practice workbook), so it is key for some kids to have this around. Make it a staple on their desk and help them learn to use it (rather than guessing or racking their memory). Ones for older kids include a glossary of terms and formulas, handy charts and test taking tips. Titles: Great Source Math to Learn: Student Handbook Grades 1 – 2 (Math Handbooks), Great Source Math to Know: A Mathematics Handbook, Grades 3-4, Math at Hand – Grades 4-6, Math at Hand: A Mathematics Handbook (Math Handbooks) - Grades 5-8. The breakdowns by grades here are rough estimates as there is quite a bit of overlap.
Note: For straight down the line math terms – real quick reference stuff – try The Absolutely Essential Math Dictionary.
Though they have multiple subjects, their math section is very helpful. While there are some options for non-members, I highly recommend joining ($20 a year). You’ll have access to things like: a myriad of printable worksheets by skill and grade, test prep, multi-colored worksheets (fun!), weekly word problem worksheets and the ability to easily design your own mixed review sheets.
3. Princeton Review’s Roadmap to Math Series
State test prep guides – top notch. Easy to use, well organized and specific to the state you need. Not available for all states, but I sometimes use them anyway. I particularly like that each topic includes a brief reteaching and the books have two full length practice tests. In the intro they also describe what the actual test entails.
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