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These standard math workbooks for 4th to 12th grade students provide those students the key to basic math-skill mastery. Key to… workbooks are classroom-tested and proven successful with students at all levels. The workbooks are grouped into broad subject areas like measurements, fractions and algebra and may be purchased separately or a la cart starting at $3.95 per book. Answer keys and educator guides are extra. Each workbook has available a “Key To… Tracker.” This is learning assessment software that provides an easy, effective way to monitor and keep track of a student’s day-to-day progress.

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  1. Key to… Series Review by Kendra N.
    Pros: easy to use
    Grades Used: 9th, 7th, and 5th

    We have used Key to Fractions and Key to Algebra. I love these workbooks. I have “refreshed” my memory while working side by side with my children and find this program extremely user-friendly.

  2. Key to… Series Review by Shera DeMay
    Pros: economical, especially if your student just needs help with a particular area of math; easy to use
    Grades Used: 4-5

    It did the job, helped one of my daughters to learn in a subject where she was having difficulty. But she just didn’t have fun with the program. I would use it again with my other children, but only if it was an area where they were really struggling in their main curriculum.

  3. Key to… Series Review by Lisa Clark
    Pros: written to students, little instruction needed from parents, inexpensive, realistic use of math
    Cons: may need to supplement with review materials

    Grades Used: middle school

    I have used Keys to titles with my three oldest children in the past, and I returned to them again this year. My daughter is using Key to Algebra, and my youngest son is using Key to Fractions, Key to Percents, and Key to Decimals.

    All 4 of my children like this series. They appreciate being able to work independently. My oldest son said he liked the real world applications of every subject. It gave him an understanding of the practical context for each math topic. Another benefit is the very different way these workbooks provide instruction. A traditional math text teaches a concept, then leads students through a few solutions. With Key to curriculum, the text illustrates the concept and leads the student to discover the solutions. My daughter and youngest son are dyslexic, and this approach has been very helpful for them both. The text is very visual. What little writing you do find is easy to read and not at all overwhelming, as we have found in other math texts.

    We have found them extremely easy to use. I have no preparation with these workbooks, and if one of my children has a question, the instruction is clear enough that I never have any problems guiding them to the answer, and I am not at all mathematically inclined. Earlier I set a pace of 4 pages per day, which my children were easily able to accomplish. They checked their own work each day, and made corrections as needed. I followed up with my own check every couple of days, and never had problems with copying. This time around, I’m letting them set their own pace, completing as much as they can each day.

    We used Key to Metric Measurement and decided it was redundant. You really only need one measurement course. After completing Key to Measurement, Fractions, Decimals and Percents, my oldest three were ready to move into pre-algebra or Algebra I. The only thing these workbooks do not do is provide review of previous concepts. I never found that to be an issue. Upper elementary addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are used daily in this series. If I noticed one of my children needing review of some of the covered topics, I printed free review materials I found online.

    I would definitely recommend this series.

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