Friday, January 8, 2010

Math Tutor DVD (Review)

I received a couple of DVD's from Math Tutor DVD to review as part of the Crew. The first DVD is Young Minds Numbers and Counting. The photography used in this DVD is stunning! My girls were ooohing and aaahing continually. This product is for younger children and teaches both counting and number recognition from 1-10. A young child's voice counts along with each activity and gives little snippets of info about some of the animals and photos. Olivia and Lindsey both watched the DVD together, and even though it was below grade level for each of them, they still enjoyed it and actively took part in the counting exercises. The accompanying classical music works wonderfully with lovely photos, and Olivia was quick to pick out one of Beethoven's pieces (ok, it's the piece that Linus plays the Charlie Brown movies...but still at least she recognized it.)

There are some fun bonus features as well; such as Guess the Animal, Picture Puzzles and Connect the Dots.

The list price for this product is $24.99, but it you order directly from MathTutor the price is $19.99.

The second product I received is The Basic Math Word Problem Tutor. This is a set of 2 DVD's that has a total of 8 hours of instruction in word problems.

Disc 1 covers:
Adding Whole Numbers
Subtracting Whole Numbers
Multiplying Whole Numbers
Dividing Whole Numbers
Adding Decimals
Subtracting Decimals
Multiplying Decimals
Dividing Decimals

Disc 2 covers:
Adding Fractions
Subtracting Fractions
Multiplying Fractions
Dividing Fractions
Percents, Part 1
Percents, Part 2
Ration and Proportion

Obviously, based on the wide range of topics, this is not a product you use once and are done with it. This valuable tool will go right along with your child's math progression, regardless of what curriculum choice you're using.

Olivia is working on adding and subtracting whole numbers using word problems, and this has helped her to get a better understanding of how to know what the question is asking and how to write the equation to get the correct answer.

This 2 DVD set retails for $34.99; but if you order directly from MathTutorDVD the price is $26.99.

To read more reviews by Crew members, click here.

Disclosure: This product was provided to our family for free as members of the 2009-2010 Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. Reviews and opinions expressed in this blog are our own.

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