Thursday, October 5, 2017

Channie's Workbooks Review

Math seems to be a subject that you either love or hate. I have kids in both categories (and sometimes a child who is in both categories in any given day, ha). But no matter your feelings on the subject, it's important to have a good understanding of mathematics and its concepts. We use it all the time, whether we're doubling a recipe, building a piece of furniture, seeing if we have enough money to buy our favorite Lego set, or determining how many days until our birthday. That's why it's important to have a curriculum that works for your family. Sometimes though, a child needs extra help in a certain area. Channie's Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks can help with that. And if your child struggles with double digit problems, One Page a Day: Double Digit Math Problem Workbook - 1st to 3rd is what you need.

Chan Bohacheff was at a loss when her son struggled with his handwriting for years. When she couldn't find anything to help him , she decided to create her own visual guide. Not only did his handwriting improve quickly, but so did his attitude. Now, 2 years later, Channie's is a thriving educational brand that can be found in many retail stores across the country. Quality, detail, and innovation have made these American-made products award-winning.

My 2nd grader is my math whiz. He doesn't do it often anymore, but he used to ask us to give him difficult problems to solve in his head, just for fun. I figured these pages might be a good refresher for him.

The worksheets are a simple format. Boxes keep the numbers separate and lined up. So many times--whether it's been my own kids or the 1st graders I taught years ago--I've seen kids get answers wrong because they were confused by misaligned numbers. This design keeps everything neat easy to understand. The booklet starts with simple double digit addition and then adds in simple double digit subtraction. The problems increase in difficulty as carrying and borrowing are included.

Since these pages are mostly remedial work, there are no teaching concepts involved, unless a student needs additional help understanding the process. My son can complete a page a day without any direction from me.  The pages easily tear out of the book, making this an easy option for kids. My boy is skilled in math, so I've encouraged him to use this book as motivation to speed up his solving time. He races to complete each page faster than the day before.

In just 25 problems a day, the One Page a Day: Double Digit Math Problem Workbook - 1st to 3rd helps students achieve accuracy through an organized format and repetition.  

Channie's offers more than just math workbook. Some of the other resources include workbooks for printing (like Quick & Neat Alphabet Pad and My First Letters) and workbooks for cursive (Easy Peasy Cursive).

You can connect with Channie's Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks on Facebook.

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