Friday, October 9, 2009

Bonnie Terry Learning- Easy Math Reference Guide

Bonnie Terry is a Learning Disabilities Specialist and a Board Certified Educational Therapist who has over 35 years of teaching experience. After years of being asked where one could purchase the learning tools she had created, she began marketing them through Bonnie Terry Learning, and now they are available for everyone. There are helps for those struggling with learning disabilities, as well as tools for everyone who desires to make learning easier or more enjoyable.

Bonnie Terry Learning is a repeat vendor for the TOS Homeschool Crew this year and last year I was thrilled to review The Sentence Zone Game. This is still a product we use and enjoy in our homeschool. As I stated in that review, I love games that promote learning. We are a gamer family and if we can incorporate games into our schooling, I am one happy camper.

This year, I received the Easy Math Reference Guide to review. I must admit, a math reference guide is just not as exciting as a game. After I spent a little time thinking about though, I realized that this is a great little tool for my family. Math is probably my weakest area and so I need all the help I can get with this subject (Thankfully, my husband is good at math and there are plenty of software and online based curricula. My weak areas do not have to inhibit my homeschooling!).

The Easy Math Reference Guide is a 16 page guide, printed in color on glossy heavyweight paper. The last page is oversized and hole punched so that this may be easily stored inside a 3-ring binder for quick reference. It covers the basics of math for 1st-8th grade- addition, subtraction, odds and evens, multiplication, time, division, word problems, graphs, rounding and estimating, place value, geometry, fractions, decimals, percentages, measurements, money equivalents, averages and medians, and math vocabulary. As I was reading through this, I realized that this is not only a great resource as a quick reference for review but that it would be a great "jumping off" point. For those who are math inclined, this could be used as a basis for teaching your children yourself. For those like me, this is a great way to be sure you don't miss any of the basics.

I have one daughter who is non-math minded, like her mother. She is currently studying for her PSAT's and is a little overwhelmed with the prep course. This will be a good way for her to be sure she knows her basics, in a simple and easy to follow format. Then she can concentrate on brushing up on her higher math skills. I'm realizing this is a little gem that I didn't recognize at first. That's one of the blessings of reviewing products- sometimes I discover items that I never would have glanced at twice but prove to be worthwhile for my family.

The Easy Math Reference Guide is available for $17 from Bonnie Terry Learning.

*Disclosure: I received this product at no cost, for review purposes*

1 comment:

Michelle said...

I had the same experience with Bonnie Terry Learning when I received the Writer's Reference Guide recently. At first I wasn't sure I would like it, yet after I looked it over and actually had my daughter use it, we really like it. I would still really like to buy that Sentence Zone game you reviewed last year!

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