Teaching Multiplication to First Graders (Page a Day Math)

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. Page a Day Math is a comprehensive, home use series that features math and handwriting books. Their vast book selection can be purchased as a series or individually. Each book series focuses on a specific math operation and includes 10 to 13 books. These items can also be purchased as physical kits or as digital downloads. We received a digital download of the Multiplication Starter Kit and used it with our First Grader, Bam Bam.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The Multiplication Starter Kit was created for younger children to master multiplication math facts. Our set included a digital download of the Page a Day Math 12 book multiplication system. Bonus items are also provided with each package like flashcards, assessments, bonus handwriting books, and a progress tracker. This series focuses on basic multiplication equations from 0-12 and is noted to improve handwriting by tracing. This multiplication system is for students in 1st to 4th grade or those ages six to eight that are proficient in addition and subtraction facts.


Since we received a digital download each book and bonus item had to be printed out. Each lesson places an equal emphasis on handwriting and math memory. Book 1 begins with multiplication equations on the front and back of each page. After completing the problems work with your child to make necessary corrections. Each day’s assignment offers a progression from simple to challenging math problems. The books also includes 14 lessons and ends with a completion certificate. After completing Book 1, you will continue on to the next until your child has completed the series.



OUR ROUTINE & FINAL THOUGHTS

Based on the instructions provided, we used this system daily during our school week. Bam Bam worked through 15-20 problems each day by tracing the equation and answer. The books offer a 14-day step-by-step progression that includes 40 practice problems. I decided to work through at my son’s comfort level so he could master the concepts before moving forward. Once I split the daily assignments, each lesson took approximately 15 minutes a day. As he became more confident we were able to move through the lessons quicker.


I liked that the font was easy-to-read with a clear distinction between similar-looking numbers like 6 and 9 or 1 and 7. Similar to other tracing books, there was also a small dot at the top of each number indicating where to start writing. Bam Bam liked the colorful puppy characters from The Math Squad and the silly jokes placed throughout the book. The bonus materials provided opportunities for review via color-coded FlashCards and multiplication assessments. We also liked the series progress tracker that featured a maze showing the books on a path to complete the program. The Adorable Adjectives and Silly Sight Words cursive books were also great additions but we don’t have use for them yet.


It is clear that Page a Day Math desires to help children reach their mathematics potential. The Multiplication Starter Kit lessons were fun and the books offered a clear progression for learning multiplication proficiency. Initially, I was nervous about introducing multiplication at such an early age but this program made the teaching and comprehension easy both of us.

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Happy homeschooling,
Ta’Neisha K.

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