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Family Math II: Achieving Success in Mathematics (K-6) Review by Teri Lucas

University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence Hall of Science #5200
Berkeley, CA 94720-5200

It just keeps getting better and better! I don’t know about you, but I definitely would rather PLAY than sit and DO school. Although Family Math II: Achieving Success in Mathematics follows the same general format as its predecessors, Family Math for Young Children, Family Math and Family Math - The Middle School Years, it is even easier to use (if that can be done). Again, you will need access to a copier and some simple household items, but substitutions work just as well and are even encouraged in some cases!

Instead of a bar graph, grade levels are clearly written below each game title in a small circle. Highlighted skills are grouped together under four main categories: Probability and Statistics Introduction, Algebraic and Logical Thinking Introduction, Number Sense Introduction, and Geometry Introduction.

With game titles like “Ice Cream Cone Math” and “Baseball Cards” there is something to appeal to even the most reluctant math student! For those who can’t bear to be inside on a sunny day, a section is included which highlights games that are done outside using sidewalk chalk. A student and parent may complete the activities or a group of students can do them together. It all is so much fun that you just might forget that you are actually learning! Family Math II makes it easy to see why they’ve subtitled this one “achieving success in mathematics.”

-- Product Review by: Teri Lucas, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine