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Math - A Creative Workbook Review by Ta’Neisha KempMeagan Carner
CRAM Christian Resources
MATH - A Creative Workbook was designed with the Christian family's kindergartener in mind. This workbook aids in reinforcing primary mathematical functions including counting, addition, subtraction, and geometry. The calendar, time, money, budgeting, and tithing are also included in this resourceful workbook.
This workbook consists of 12, front and back pages filled with activities for kindergarten children. The book is broken down into four teachable sections with at least one worksheet for each. The graphics in this book are fun, vibrant, and extremely eye catching for young children. The practice activities for some of the sections are perfect for this age group. I appreciated the scripture references throughout and the care taken to include Christian principles as well.
After looking through the entire book I decided to work from the beginning, using it three times each week with our kindergartener. On Mondays I introduced and taught the concepts that we were going to be working on and gave him the first part of the worksheet. On Wednesdays we reviewed the concept and the first worksheet page then completed the backside. On Fridays I allowed him to practice on a dry erase board or use manipulatives to reinforce what was taught that week. If a third worksheet was available for that section, we completed that too. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I also left out math manipulatives for him to practice the objective for the week during leisure time.
It is important to keep in mind that this workbook is a good outline and practice for some areas but is not designed to teach concepts. I do think a few minor additions to this workbook would make it even better. For instance, the “Geometric Shapes” section should have the word of each shape printed inside or near as this helps young children apply the vocabulary part of math. The “Money” section has copies of coins and bills but adding the amounts to the back of the coins would also be helpful. Adding a practice worksheet matching monetary amounts would also be beneficial here. Finally, the scripture on the budgeting page is a bit much for this age group. I used a scripture about being a good steward so I didn't have to explain what wine was since my kindergartener is quite inquisitive.
MATH - A Creative Workbook is the first produced by CRAM Christian Resources. There are plans to transform this into a series with future workbooks covering Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies. Overall, this kindergarten workbook was fun to use as a concept guideline for myself and practice for our son. The activities within these pages paired well with the ones I created to teach, review, and reinforce. I recommend this workbook for children four to six years old.
-Product review by Ta’Neisha Kemp, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September, 2018