For the most part, our children enjoy Math. I bet you don’t hear that often! What they don’t enjoy, though, is writing. So instead of groans about the Math problems, I get the groans about writing the Math problems. I even get groans about online Math sometimes as well because they “are bored.” So how can I have a day without complaints? Verbal Math!
Disclosure: We received The Verbal Math Lesson books to facilitate our Verbal Math Review. Regardless, all opinions are my own and those of my family.
The Verbal Math Lesson books are designed to do just that – teach Math verbally. No pencils, no paper, and even no computer. All the problems in the book are to be done verbally. Verbal Math is a great supplement to any Math curricula and helps teach children to do Math problems quickly and accurately.
As noted on their website:
Our verbal math exercises are created to train children to use fundamentals of arithmetic so skillfully that their written work will be become easier, quicker, and more accurate. Oral efficiency is “carried over” into written work.
We have been using the Verbal Math Lessons with our two oldest children (ages 6 and 8) who are currently doing Math at the 2nd Grade level. Verbal Math is each book has a recommend age for each book versus having a recommended grade level. At first I wasn’t sure where to start with this because our daughter and son would then be recommended for a different book yet they are at the same Math level. Since this was our first time experiencing Verbal Math, I decided to start them both at the beginning. Problem solved!
Of course, I quickly discovered it was a bit “too easy” for them, but I am a firm believer that a little extra practice is always a good thing, so we continued on the path I started! I will never forget their face when I said we’re going to do Math and we’re just sitting together at the table with nothing in front of us but the book I was holding! Priceless!
Both of them really enjoy Verbal Math, and they took to it right away! I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect since they are both hands-on and visual learners. I think I learned something important, too – I don’t have to define their learning styles as absolute! They have both been doing very well with Verbal Math, and I can see how it is making a difference overall when they are doing Math. We just wrapped up for winter break, but the past couple of months there has definitely been improvement in Math in both how quickly they are able to complete questions and in just experiencing less frustration overall now.
Verbal Math is definitely something we’re going to continue in our homeschool to supplement whatever Math curriculum we are using at the time!