Saturday, June 16, 2012

TOS Crew: enVision Math by Pearson Homeschool

Computer Girl was coming to the end of her math book for the year when the TOS Crew gave us the opportunity to review the 4th Grade enVision Math by Pearson Homeschool (the same company that publishes Sing, Spell, Read and Write).  I thought it would be a great math book for her to start and continue to use this coming year. 

We were given the enVision Math 4 Homeschool Bundle which includes the Student Edition Textbook, MindPoint® Quiz Show CD-ROM, Teacher Edition CD-ROM and Parent Guide.

Student Edition - The Visual Learning Bridge teaches math concepts step-by-step with purposeful, sequential illustrations while connecting learning activities and lesson exercises. Grades 3–6 hardbound edition expands visual learning with focus questions and pictures with a purpose, and students learn to express concepts in writing.

MindPoint® Quiz Show CD-ROM - Multiple-choice questions in a game-show format give your child additional math practice. Ideal for children to play on their own or with you involved.

Teacher Edition CD-ROM - Contains the entire contents of the Teacher's Edition with easy navigation. Includes customizable lesson plans, teaching guides, reviews and assessments, and numerous printable resources in .pdf format all organized in a friendly, easy-to-use format.

Parent Guide - This guide walks you through the program highlighting the main elements of the student and teacher materials and provides guidance on setting up your lesson plan, pacing, and adapting the curriculum to fit your family.

The enVision Math series has levels for students in K-6th. This program engages your child as it strengthens their understanding of math. It uses problem based interactive learning as well as visual learning to deepen conceptual understanding. EnVision incorporates visual tools to promote problem-solving skills, while providing data-driven differentiated instruction to ensure success.

The table of contents for Grade 4 are:

  • Topic 1: Numeration
  • Topic 2: Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers
  • Topic 3: Multiplication Meanings and Facts
  • Topic 4: Division Meanings and Facts
  • Topic 5: Multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers
  • Topic 6: Patterns and Expressions
  • Topic 7: Multiplying by 2-Digit Numbers
  • Topic 8: Dividing by 1-Digit Divisors
  • Topic 9: Lines, Angles, and Shapes
  • Topic 10: Understanding Fractions
  • Topic 11: Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • Topic 12: Understanding Decimals
  • Topic 13: Operations with Decimals
  • Topic 14: Area and Perimeter
  • Topic 15: Solids
  • Topic 16: Measurement, Time, and Temperature
  • Topic 17: Data and Graphs
  • Topic 18: Equations
  • Topic 19: Transformations, Congruence, and Symmetry
  • Topic 20: Probability

  • Here's what we thought:
    • This is the most beautiful math book I have ever seen, but to be honest I felt like there was a lot going on on each page.  My brain was on stimulation over load, my daughter on the other hand had no problem-o.  She loves this book!  So much so, that the other day she did 6 pages when usually we just do 2 pages at a time. 
    • While I do appreciate non-consumables, math is a subject in which I would prefer a workbook.  In saying that, the teacher edition has oodles of printables that are great for reteaching the lesson and for daily review.  I am considering just using these along with the lesson in the textbook.
    • I do like the way this book explains concepts. Math is not necessarily Computer Girl's strength, but she has been understanding and learning the lessons.  She is not dreading math, she is actually enjoying it!
    • I really like the Teacher Edition CD.  While I would like a more portable answer key, I really appreciate all the goodies on the CD.  Things that would not be included in a standard answer key, like the additional printables, center activities, vocabulary cards and teacher helps are great a great bonus!
    • Did I mention there was a QUIZ SHOW??  Let me just start by saying this is sooo cool!  All my kids want to play this.  The quiz show allows the player to select which topic they want to play from {same topics are their lessons}.  They can play as a single, multi-player and team play.  There is also an option to play against the computer or to beat the clock.  This quiz show makes learning so much FUN!!
    The enVision Math Program by Pearson Homeschool if definitely worth checking out!  The homeschool bundle is available directly from Pearson Homeschool for $99.99 which includes the Student Textbook, MindPoint® Quiz Show CD-ROM, Teacher Edition CD-ROM and Parent Guide.

    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.


    Pearson Homeschool said...

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