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Simple, Straightforward Math Curriculum {ThemeVille Math Review}

(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.)

If you are looking for a straight forward homeschool math program, I suggest checking out the Grade level of ThemeVille Math which would fit your child the best. Because one of my special needs children has never been able to get beyond additions with a sum of less than 10, I decided to work with him in ThemeVille Math Grade 1.

The author of ThemeVille Math is Dr. Avi Patil.

Dr. Patil immigrated to the United States in 1996. He became a citizen, and completed his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He loves to teach.

One of the good things about this curriculum is that the Worktext is all in black and white. For my son, this is very important because it is much less distracting for him than colorful pages generally turn out to be. You can see below, he is working on a very plain and uncluttered page, and next to it, another simple, uncluttered page.

The Worktext is 590 pages. It covers:

  • Forward and backward counting
  • Comparison
  • Addition and subtraction with number lines and bar diagrams within 20
  • Word problems
  • Place values in operations
  • Hundreds chart
  • Numbers composition
  • Numerals – words
  • Money
  • Skip counting

And a good deal more! There is also a six page Appendix at the end regarding manipulatives, many of which we already own or can use household items to substitute. There are also instructions for making your own rulers.

There is a pre-lesson (review) for each of the 120 lessons in the worktext, enough to get you through the entire year.

There are 10 tests scattered throughout the Worktext, and a grading page in the back. The idea is to write the grade there each time a test is taken. The total grade for the year is calculated based on the cumulative grades for all of the tests recorded. 

The seperate Solutions book is much thinner. It is laid out with four student pages on each solutions page, as you can see below.

I have not needed the solutions book much yet, except for a couple of times when looking at a given page helped me to better explain what my son was supposed to be doing.

My son is not at all intimidated by the thickness of this worktext, and eagerly asks to do his math every day, and it is my hope that this will be the curriculum which finally makes it easy for him to get beyond where he has been stuck for so many years. So far, it’s working!

36 other Crew Members have been using this and other grades of ThemeVille Math. For there fair and honest reviews, please click here.

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