Monday, June 11, 2012
Pearson Homeschool provides homeschoolers with curriculum for grades PreK to 12 grade.
I received 2011 enVisionMATH 4 to review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. For this review I was provided a Teacher Edition CD-ROM, Hardback Student Edition Textbook, MindPoint Quiz Show CD-ROM, and a Parent Guide explaining a bit about Pearson Homeschool and enVisionMATH. The cost for this Homeschool Bundle is $99.99. HERE you can see the Table of Contents.
I mainly taught from the Student Workbook. I would go over the concept using the example at the top of the page. We then would do some problems from the textbook together. The Student Textbook is non-consumable, so just to make it easier for child and mom ;) I used the Interactive Workbook pages for Ethan to write in. If you would like to do something similar but prefer not to purchase the Interactive Homework Workbook, one can choose one or two student pages from the many printable available from the Teacher Edition CD-ROM instead.
I found that enVisionMATH 4, took no longer to teach than math programs I have used in the past. The actual teaching time took about 20 minutes but because Ethan struggles with reading, it took longer with me having to read all the word problems.
A few things to think about to help you make an informed decision about enVisionMATH 4!
*The Student textbook is hardback and non-consumable, this is a big plus because it's a one time buy. No need to buy anything for your next 4th grade math student.
*Now I know many homeschoolers prefer a workbook type program (I'm one of them), so the whole non-consumable thing can be con. This can be remedied by using the worksheets that one can print from the Teacher CD-ROM.
*The parent does need to sit with the child and teach the lesson, this is not necessarily a negative thing per se, as I enjoy teaching my children, but because I do have many subjects to teach I have opted to use online resources this year to help me teach math.
*There does appear to be quite a bit of reading if you have a good reader this shouldn't be an issue and I do recall a few math programs with the same amount of reading ( I have purchased over a dozen math programs in the past 10 years). If like me, you do have a struggling reader, simply tweak the program. Like I mentioned above, I used Student Text to teach the lesson and had Ethan use the workbook I purchased to write in, but you can simply print off the worksheets provided.
Over all I think enVisionMATH 4 is a thorough math program. I know the price seems a bit steep, but with going on my tenth year of homeschooling and having purchased many math programs through the years, I can say that I have spent anywhere from $40.00 to $150.00 in the past.
What did Ethan think of enVisionMATH 4, well, let me just say, he liked it better than his current math program.