As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I received two products for review: Young Minds Numbers and Counting and The Basic Math Word Problem Tutor.
For instance, in one of the sections you are counting fruit. Now, this includes your basic stuff: apples and oranges. But it also includes things like figs. And with each picture, after counting, they make statements like, "These apples are yellow." (I loved that the apples weren't red!!)
Other sections have you counting animals (and hearing animal sounds), or vehicles for transportation. The vocabulary used is fairly rich, the photos are beautiful, the music is wonderful.
My 3 (almost 4) year old loves this DVD. My 5 (almost 6) year old enjoys it, but doesn't request it. Even my big guys will stop what they are doing to watch.
This DVD is available for $19.99, and it will get plenty of use in my home.
The DVD is broken into fifteen lessons of roughly a half hour each. The first four cover the four basic operations with whole numbers, the next four cover those operations with decimals, then four more with fractions. The final three lessons are on percents, ratios and proportion.
The presentation is a bit dry -- the instructor standing in front of a white board, talking, or writing out the problems. But the content is excellent. We watched one lesson at a time, 2-3 lessons per week. My older guys could have gone a bit faster, but I wouldn't want to do more than one lesson per day.
My oldest son is sitting through this, although he is currently in Algebra II. I'll quote him:
"I like it. It gets the point across, though it is a little dry." When I asked him if he would be interested in some of the other products that MathTutorDVD puts out, he definitely wanted to hear the list. He was impressed with the options, and told me that he thinks this would be a solid supplement to his upper level math, and that it would be really nice for his brothers to have available too. And he insisted on watching some of the samples (calculus in particular).
My fifth grader is really enjoying the DVDs. He wants to be pausing the DVD so he can solve the problem first. This has been perfect for him. The math is easy enough to give him confidence, and to let him focus on the point of the lesson -- the concepts being discussed.
My third grader loved the first half (whole numbers and decimals), but started to zone out in fractions. I lost him when they started covering multiplication of fractions. I will repeat this for him down the road. I think the first half was fantastic for him though.
This DVD sells for $26.99 -- or just under $3.50 per hour
Check out the website, where you can see samples of these DVDs, and their other products too. I am very interested in their upper level courses, especially after just now getting Connor's take on them.
While I think this is a terrific product for my family, it may not be a good fit for yours. I have children who tend to do pretty well with math. They don't need flashy presentations if they are ready for the material, and they are willing to sit through "dry" (you notice both Connor & I used that word) if they see value in what they are hearing. The samples, in my opinion, do a very good job of showing what the program is like, so I highly recommend watching those.
And you can check out what my fellow crewmates have to say about Math Tutor DVD at:
Any questions? I'd love to know what you would want to know in deciding whether or not this is something you want to purchase.
Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive the two courses mentioned in the review for free from Math Tutor DVD. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review. It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise. If I don't like it, you'll hear that. And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family. For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.