Rebekah Wilson is a dear friend and the mother of eight children, four of whom have been diagnosed with autism. Remarkably, while also educating her children at home, Rebekah has nearly finished her dual degree in elementary and special education. One of the most creative people I know, possibly the most creative person I know, she has made many wonderful products for homeschooling families. Rebekah owns Hope Chest Legacy.
Nasco is a highly respected name among alternative educators. Since Nasco is located in my area, I was able to buy a large amount of their stock when they took some of their math books out of print recently. Rebekah has agreed to review some of the books that I have in stock.
Here's the first of those reviews....
Poker Chip Math
There is something about poker chips that children are drawn to. It could be the texture, the size, the weight, or the visually pleasing colorful discs. Whatever draws children, Poker Chip Math has created a novel way for children to learn, practice, and quickly master math skills. As a manipulative for math, poker chips are an ideal tool to help children learn and practice numerous mathematical principles. Poker Chip Math is filled with games to play that cover the very basic principles of math: numbers and operations. Moving up from the basics, Poker Chip Math also offers games for: problem solving, logic, and probability. The use of poker chips as not only a tangible learning tool but also a color-coded visual aid that can help children learn, build memory pathways, and help children retain and mentally access what they are learning. Poker Chip Math is very easy to use and the games are right on target mathematically. Children can work in groups, alone, with a teacher or parent. Worksheets to record numbers or data are also provided in the book which makes this even easier on the person teaching it - no prep time involved! The two most common teaching strategies used today, whether in classrooms or homeschools, are visuals and tangibles (manipulatives). With both together in one book, and with games designed to go with each step of learning math, what is taught in workbooks or textbooks becomes "real" as the children work out numerous math problems and principles using poker chips.
Recommended age level: Upper 3rd grade through Junior High. Excellent for quick review/re-teach teaching when working with students who need to catch up to grade level quickly. Excellent resource for special needs children.
More reviews coming....