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Math on the Level is a complete K-8 homeschool math curriculum for the whole family. Designed for the home learning environment, this well-tested curriculum equips you to teach any math concept from pre-K through pre-algebra and give your children a strong foundation in math. Math on the Level combines math instruction with meaningful, hands-on experiences using normal daily-life activities that help make math real. Although topics are grouped and ordered logically, you have the flexibility to change the sequence to meet the needs of your children and your family. In place of the typical focus on grade level, parents are encouraged to teach to the child’s maturation level matching the instruction pace to the child’s ability to learn. A thorough, easy-to-use record keeping system helps track each child’s progress. To facilitate long term retention of math, the curriculum uses an innovative 5-A-Day system to give individualized, ongoing practice at a pace adjusted to each child’s need, but using fewer daily math problems.

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  1. Math on the Level Review by Marcy Carmack
    Pros: can cover concepts at any pace and in any order, great for kids that like fast pace
    Cons: tedious to prepare daily practice, initial investment expensive

    Grades Used: 2nd, 3rd, 4th

    I’ve used Math on the Level for 3 years with my son who is very strong in math. I love the fact that you can teach the concepts as fast or slow as you need to and can cover them in any order (as long as you have covered the building concepts). My son was very bored with the spiral approaches because they kept repeating concepts he already grasped. Math on the Level allows me to review the concepts only as long as he needs to review them and once he grasps them, we can reduce the frequency of review.

    I also like that the concepts are named and explained very well so, as the teacher, I have a better grasp of what he is learning than with some programs that never tell you the concept they are covering. Another pro to the program is that the student only has to do 5 problems a day (called 5-A-Days), covering the concepts he is just learning and reviewing those he needs to continue to review.

    This program divides the concepts into 4 books–operations, money & decimals, fractions, and geometry–and covers all concepts from the basics to pre-algebra in one program. It can also be used with all of your children, so although it’s an expensive initial investment, it’s actually a great value. The books explain each concept very thoroughly and in several different ways to help your child grasp the concept. The program also includes a record book to keep track of your child’s progress.

    The biggest drawback is that as the teacher you have to write the 5-A-Day problems out by hand, even though each book gives many sample problems for each concept so you don’t have to come up with the problems on your own. It just becomes tedious to write them out each day. I would love it if the authors would come out with software that created the 5-A-Days.

    Overall I recommend this program for anyone who has a child that is bored with constant review and slower pace in other curricula. This program is very strong in that you can cover the concepts very quickly, yet still very thoroughly. (My son has just about finished the K-8 program in 3 years). This program would also work well for a child who needs extra time with each concept in order to grasp it, since you can set the pace in which you cover the concepts.

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