Math Homeschool Curriculum REVIEW || Mathematical Reasoning by Critical Thinking Co



hi everybody welcome back to project happy home for those of you who are new here I'm Tanya a doctor lawyer turned homeschooling mom of three kids ages eight five and three this video is just a quick review of the mathematical reasoning level C book by the critical thinking company it's one of the math books that we've been using for grade two and actually level C is labeled as being appropriate for grade two for my son who just turned 8 this fall I really enjoy this book another upcoming video will be the review of the critical thinking company's language smarts level C book for grade 2 and I don't like that book as much and if you want to know why you can stay tuned for that video I really like critical thinking company the first books that I started using from critical thinking company were their Mindbender series and there's 14 levels of those all the way from pre-k through 12 we use them last year in this year and my son really likes doing the puzzles I had actually done similar puzzles to the ones in mine vendors when I was in gifted as a child and I remembered those so when I saw the book I just knew I had to get it and fortunately my son enjoys them as well so the mathematical reasoning books are labeled as being either core curriculum or supplemental resource I believe that they're much more effective as a supplemental resource precisely because they don't have very much spiraling or review or just kind of wrote repetition we combine mathematical reasoning with Singapore Math those are our two primary sources for math education in our house I do throw in the math you see DVD every now and then because I got it at a sale one day but we don't do the workbook for that because we find it incredibly boring next year I might incorporate Beast Academy as well but right now this is really good for us and I think I will continue having mathematical reasoning as a supplement for next year as well the book binding was not that good in this one because you can see it's just glued on but the pages are staying together really well with the glue but for some reason this binding separated from the cardboard and I think I could just glue that back on but just so you're aware that does happen so the book begins with this table of contents and I'll just zoom in to show you that it is actually a really useful table of contents if you intend on using this book as a supplement and not marching straight through because it talks to you about what standards are on this side in alphabetical order so it has everything from action to capacity circle graphs coins and all the way down to things like expanded notation and there's quite a few pages of of contents here and it tells you exactly what pages each of these things are on and not only does it break it down into different standards so for example edition it'll break it down into different activities for that standards so edition here's practice with numbers and operations on all of these pages in an algebraic way on these pages in a geometrical way here incorporating measurement here data analysis and probability here so if you wanted to talk about coins again here you have just numbers and operations with coins but then here you have algebra with coins and then so on and so forth here you have measurement with coins and so they do I think like estimation and stuff like that there and it's a nice way of breaking down exactly what each page is if you're interested in truly customizing when you do what page they make it really easy for you we don't do that we pretty much sort of march through and it's just fun it starts off pretty simply with numbers and operations just kind of getting them back under speed but you'll see each page is quite different no two pages repeat in this book this is probably the most commonly repeated activity and it's probably every 20 pages or so where they'll have one page of numerical operations and then have like a dot 2 dot I find this a little bit irritating and this is the only thing I find irritating about this book because this dr. dot makes it often sometimes easy for them to fill in the answers so when we do this I generally put in a piece of construction paper here just so he's not tempted to follow along and fill in the answers and it works out pretty well as you can see it does things for equal signs I like how colorful the book is but the pages are not glossy so they're really easy to write on with pencil which is nice and it just keeps marching on straight through so here you see at the top of the page it rotates and tells you exactly what the page is addressing so here it says geometry and on this page it says numbers and operations here's another numbers and operations page here's an algebraic page these types of pages I find really enlightening for a child and really good practice for algebra to come because it's teaching them the concept in a very simple way that you can have a symbol stand in the place of a number which is fundamentally what algebra is about I had friends who started doing algebra in 8th grade and could not grasp that concept that X could equal a number and here they're teaching you it very simply by saying that here you're gonna have 12 equal a heart see you can have 8 plus 4 equals a heart or you can have 7 plus 5 equals a heart and then later if you have 11 plus blank equals a heart what will it be what does the heart equal it's teaching them algebra without teaching them algebra if that makes sense it introduces fractions in a really graphic way pages that I don't think we should do or that I think that our waste of our time I just cross out and he just moves on I like how they have activities like this that introduce concepts like tessellation and actually have an activity as well so here you had to find the patterns you know in the Tesla there's other ones where you have to put your finger down on a page and you do a probability exercise with that so really fun I like how it teaches them addition like in a very simplistic way and it shows you ones two column tens column and keeps them in different colors so there's many different ways of approaching a learner in this book not only do they talk to you in actual words for those that like clear labeling they also talk to you in colors for those that are more visual in terms of learning they incorporate fun activities in the midst of less fun activities when they show coins they show you the actual picture of a coin which is another feature that I appreciate and it goes on and I'll just flip through for you just to show you some of the pages the estimate pages are very valuable my son has difficulty with estimation sometimes because a lot of times when they'll see it it's actually very precise here you'll notice they only provide the lines in one of them and then the lines disappear which makes it a much more realistic estimation activity they have a lot of geometry in here as well very simple concepts introduced and I think exactly an appropriate fashion for this age group their surveys in this book as well and we generally saved the surveys for when we do school in a coffee shop or when we're going to the park and if I happen to have this book in the car with us then we'll take it out and he'll run around and interact with people and survey them which is really fun and we just go through it'll incorporate little blocks and cubes so if you are doing this in conjunction with math you see or a curriculum that incorporates ten blocks this will be a good supplement to that as well because they'll be familiar with that idea as you can see here for math you see folks it's very similar they do a lot of work with number charts as well just to teach them if you'll notice here it's not a hundreds chart it's a ten to one thousands chart so it teaches them relationships of numbers that you might not often see in a 2nd grade curriculum they deal with issues of symmetry and reflections this was a particularly challenging page that we recently did and it's a word problem but based on what they say here you have to figure out the answers and it's a little bit tricky we definitely talked this one through but it was fun and we had the opportunity to talk about how we would work through a more complicated word problem I like that the book does not dumb it down although they will repeat things many times you will find a variety of activities and it's a really good way of pinpointing mathematical concepts that your kids might not be so comfortable with that you took for granted for example estimation or more problems here is geometry again and they take them through the steps of actual proofs so when later in high school they take geometry they will have to do proofs by saying like why is this thing that you already know be true true like what is your logical reasoning and they do that with them where they ask them to describe things that are the same between different polygons and things that are different and I think that's a really good exercise sometimes if you'll notice here it says oral sometimes if my son is feeling like he doesn't want to write all of that down I simply ask him to explain it to me and that's perfectly fine he gets to write the word oral and we move on that's a really good way of keeping your child's interest and not making them resist you with an activity that really what are we learning here I want him to be able to do the proof this is not a writing exercise so if he is feeling like he does not want to write at that time I'm going to let that slide that's a good tip for all of you who have children perhaps who want to move through things and don't feel like doing one particular aspect of an activity ask yourself whether that's actually the point of the activity is that what you want your child to learn from that activity if it's not try to accommodate them it truly doesn't cost you anything and it probably brings you closer and it shows them that you are listening to them anyway so here's a good estimation activity and you know they're some of the pages take much longer than others which is another thing that makes it a good book to use as a supplement because if you just want to do a quick activity you can definitely skip ahead a little bit or skip around and find something that's only gonna take a few minutes for example this activity took about 1 or 2 minutes whereas something like this again would only take a little while but something like this takes a little bit longer because it involves more thinking a page like this reveals a lot about how your child is processing math how are they thinking about what math actually means what are you doing when you're doing that math problem I really like this book I cannot recommend it highly enough this picture was really really challenging for him so we had to talk about how there are things that will be unknown that concept of being unknown was something he had not worked with before that things might be true/false or you might have no way knowing these are the types of things that I found that this book provided that we really haven't seen in other books for the most part I find most of the activities in this book really really worthwhile you'll see here around 3/4 of the way through the book it starts to get into multiplication and multiplication tables I like that they work with bigger numbers so that we're not always working in the hundreds they do do time activities scattered throughout but not too much I like here that they relate multiplication to what it actually is so it'll show you like draw a rectangle that matches the area it's already teaching your child that area is related to a multiplication problem so that this concept doesn't come up later in a completely unrelated way I really can't say enough good things about this book here it has interactive things so we're making snowflakes here and it'll teach you about symmetrical shapes and what's actually happening there so there are interactive activities there's measurement there and it goes on throughout here it has some three-digit addition and at the very end of the book it has a glossary so if you want to show pictures of what a diagonal line is what diameter is what digits are versus numerals isosceles triangles versus an isosceles trapezoid I was actually going to take these pages out for the glossary and keep them in his binder for next year so that he always has something to refer to at the very back of the book you also have a answer key so if grading or having multiple children and just not enough time to do all this is an issue for you you do have an answer key in the back which is something my son has yet to discover so I don't worry about it at all I love this book I cannot recommend it highly enough if you're looking for a good supplement to round out your child's like arithmetic education this is a really good option it really incorporates a lot of algebra and geometry and money skills into your child's learning so this is a really really good book and worth the money in my opinion I believe they run in the 20s in terms of cost but I am NOT positive about that I will link it down below and you definitely look at that on your own thanks so much for watching you guys I hope this review is helpful and if there's any particular books you'd like to see me review or if any of you have other books from the critical thinking company that you really recommend I would love to hear about it below thanks so much again and happy math you guys bye

19 thoughts on “Math Homeschool Curriculum REVIEW || Mathematical Reasoning by Critical Thinking Co”

  1. Hi Tanya. Thank you so much for putting up wonderful videos ! I was wondering if you still used Mammoth Math as one of the core curriculum. In the first grader videos I saw that you used Mammoth Math a lot.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I just did a review of Mathematical Reasoning Beginning 2. I mostly like it but my daughter responds very well to it. I really like the emphasis on reasoning and logic! ๐Ÿค“

  3. I LOVE that you let him run around and interact with people to survey them. How sweet. I really don't want to buy a curriculum and then STILL supplement. I think I might use this as a core and just get walmart workbooks, printed worksheets and games for review.

  4. You seem so knowledgeable it makes me feel like I'm going to be over my head homeschooling, could you tell me what the difference is between curriculum and supplement work?

  5. I had forgotten how much I loved their books! We did that book in first grade.. I might have to add one back in again! So much more real life math involved in these books!

  6. Thank you for your thoughtful and well organized review. Appreciate your thoughts on games and OCD, as I have struggled with games since childhood. Have been self conscious about my game-related challenges, and somewhat mystified by the long term struggles. Linking the barrier(s) to OCD is so helpful, Tanya. Thank you so much!

  7. Glad you showed this. I like some of the other Critical Thinking products and I've seen this on Amazon but not in person. I'm considering switching my youngest to Singapore and this looks like a good supplement. I bought Rod and Staff for my oldest and was going to reuse with my youngest, but she gets the math concepts too quickly and the repetition may push her over the edge.

  8. Sounds like we have similar taste in curriculum. ๐Ÿ™‚ I use a lot of Critical Thinking Co with my fifth grade daughter. She loves it! Iโ€™ve been on the fence about Mathematical Reasoning because we really donโ€™t need it, but itโ€™s tempted me nonetheless. lol She loves Beast Academy, which we use as a supplement. Also, recently added in RightStart Math to get some hands on.

  9. We use this as a supplement too, and love it! Once I do our math curriculum review I'm just going to link to this video. You said everything I would have said so why redo it?

    I believe it's more in the $40 range, though. Rainbow Resource has it for $42.99.

  10. I really like mathematical reasoning by critical thinking..I also use it for my first grader as supplement to math u see ๐Ÿ˜„

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