Roadrunner Posted April 3, 2017 Share Posted April 3, 2017 Is anybody familiar with Spectrum math and Carson Dellosa 100+ series workbooks? I need supplementary math problems for extra practice and can't decide which one to go with. This kid is already working with conceptual math textbook, so that's covered. I just need something when extra practice is needed. Which one do you recommend? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Farrar Posted April 3, 2017 Share Posted April 3, 2017 One of my boys used a Spectrum math workbook for review and practice in 5th grade. It was absurdly simple. I think it was good for him because he needed to practice some basic algorithms after focusing a lot on conceptual math with things like Beast Academy and so forth... but... I ended up being surprised at just how much simpler it was. I've never used Carson Dellosa so I can't compare... 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Roadrunner Posted April 4, 2017 Author Share Posted April 4, 2017 One of my boys used a Spectrum math workbook for review and practice in 5th grade. It was absurdly simple. I think it was good for him because he needed to practice some basic algorithms after focusing a lot on conceptual math with things like Beast Academy and so forth... but... I ended up being surprised at just how much simpler it was. I've never used Carson Dellosa so I can't compare... I have a really young kid in aops algebra, so I need something basic too. I can't figure out it Spectrum 6-8 Algebra would be ok or is it more related to aops preA book. With this kid it's hot and cold. Either he does extraordinary mathematical things in his head or he has no idea what a fraction is. I really feel like I need a light reinforcement just in case he goes into "I have never heard of math" mode. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Farrar Posted April 4, 2017 Share Posted April 4, 2017 We just used the standard 6th grade math book, so I don't know. Based on that, I'd be shocked if it was beyond pre-algebra level though. Would the Key to Algebra books be too much? They're all the topics in algebra but super simple. What about using MEP's grade 7-9 pages? They're laid out very differently from the earlier grades and they review all of pre-algebra as well as topics in geometry and things like probability. Or how about the Middle School Math with Pizzazz books, which you can find free online? My kid who I used that Spectrum book with is in Jacob's Algebra now. And I feel the same way. Some days he solves really complex things faster than I can. Other days he can't remember how to convert a fraction to a decimal. When we did it, it was useful because I think he would get to complicated things so often and he would do pretty well, but he lost his confidence. He ended up doing about half of the workbook, skipping around. And it was all SOOOO easy. It really gave him a confidence boost (even if the cost of that was hearing him moan about how easy it was). 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Roadrunner Posted April 4, 2017 Author Share Posted April 4, 2017 I should really look at MEP again. I once tried putting this particular kid through it and couldn't figure out a good entry point. I am older and wiser now, so hopefully I can do better. And Key to Algebra is also a great possibility. I looked at SM dimensions math workbooks as well, but those are probably harder than what I want. Of course the most efficient solution would be to figure out what goes on in his brain and why he has temporary blackouts, but so far my every atttemp at figuring out this kid has been off. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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