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Straight Forward Math Series: Word Problems Book One and Two Review by Latonya Moore

Larry Hoffman
Garlic Press
1 (800) 789-0554
899 South College Mall Road, Suite 381
Bloomington, IN 47401

Garlic Press’ Straight Forward Math Series Word Problems book one and two each have about 35 pages filled with a variety of word problems. The books include a post test and solution key for all problems presented. The workbooks are $6.95 each.

Book one is for children who have a basic understanding of addition and subtraction. The purpose of book one is to introduce and teach strategies for solving word problems. Book two builds from the first book, and includes all operations plus using information from graphs and charts to solve problems.

There is a four step model, which is the foundation of these two workbooks, and it can be purchased separately. The four step model helps the child hone in on important information which makes solving the problem a lot easier. After a child has understanding of solving word problems, then he should be able to apply the skills learned to any word problem.

We used these word problem workbooks to supplement our learning as we ended the school year. We have continued to use the workbooks as a part of summer learning. These clear and concise workbooks have been a nice fit for my daughter since problem solving has been one of her weaker areas over the past few years.

The four step method caused her to slow down and really think about the problem being asked. By following the method, she is able to think and focus on the necessary information provided. The writer of this workbook series also provides a review of commonly used math terms particularly those that do explicitly say add, subtract, or multiply. This was much appreciated bonus because my daughter often forgets which function to use if it the directions are not explicit.

These books are great for additional practice especially if your child struggles with understanding word problems.

-Product Review by Latonya Moore, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November, 2015