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Spectrum offers supplemental workbooks in the following subjects: Math, Early Childhood Reading & Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Testing. The materials are grade appropriate, but there are not materials for every grade.

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  1. Spectrum Review by Marye Beck
    Pros: consistent
    Cons: a bit scatter-shot, but all elementary science is like that, I think
    Grades Used: 3, 4, 5

    We have used three grades worth of these “Spectrum Science” workbooks; we have purchased up to Grade 8, too. My daughter is currently working through the Grade 5 book (she previously finished Grades 3 & 4). The layout is a narrative (which you can read to the child, or have the child read it), then a series of questions. The reading level and questions get progressively harder, the further on you get in the series. Within a workbook, I’d say the reading level and questions stay about the same. Regarding scatter-shot-ness, I think all elementary science curriculum suffers from scatter-shot-ness, so Spectrum just fits in with the pack in that regard.

  2. Spectrum Review by Misty
    Pros: doesn't require a hidden code to do the work
    Cons: not enough space to do work
    Grades Used: 4, 7, 8

    My sons have been using these books this year and it works well for them since they catch onto math concepts quickly. The only complaint both my sons had was that there wasn’t enough space to do their work on the pages, something easily resolved by using scratch paper or a white board. I like that the examples follow the same way of doing the work that I learned 25 years ago.

  3. Spectrum Review by Robin Wheatley
    Pros: Logical sequence, easy to understand
    Cons: Doesn't give teaching suggestions
    Grades Used: 2

    We are using the Spectrum Math book for grade 2 this year. It is set up in an easy-to-use manner, with a pre-test for each section, then the practice pages, and then a post-test. It also includes a mid-test and final test. The pages are clear and uncluttered. The only thing I have found difficult is that there are no suggestions for teaching the concepts, apart from a little introduction to each section for the student to look at. I have had to add things like flashcards to reinforce memorization.

  4. Spectrum Review by Susan Washabaugh
    Pros: Easy and interesting
    Cons: none
    Grades Used: 4th

    I used this to test my son at home for 4th grade. It was straight forward and provided great feedback on how he was doing in reading and math.

  5. Spectrum Review by Alma Torres

    I bought these books to prepare my 3rd and 4th graders for State testing. These books were amazing. My kids scored very high.

  6. Spectrum Review by Peaches Tyson
    Pros: great for tests preperation
    Grades Used: all grades

    I use these books to prep my 2nd grades for the SAT.

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