Thursday, October 1, 2009

Review: Bonnie Terry Learning

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Math is not a favorite subject around here. At least not for us girls. Ethan on the other hand, seems to love it. (Where he gets that love from, I have no idea.) However, even though The Boy enjoys said subject, he often gets very, very bored with worksheets and textbooks. In fact, he'd rather play in his own drool than complete another dry, boring worksheet. (Sorry, that was gross...)

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that when we received a package from Bonnie Terry Learning containing her Math Zone card game and Easy Math Reference Guide, my son was thrilled. My daughters..? Well, let's just say I was pleased with their reaction as well. (More on that in a bit...) :)

Bonnie Terry is an "internationally recognized expert in the area of educational therapy and learning disabilities. She's served as a special education teacher since 1973 and is currently an Educational Therapist in private practice." Ms. Terry's materials, packaged under Bonnie Terry Learning, are utilized in public, private, and home schools throughout the country.

Her philosophy is one that I readily agree with: "All students can learn. They just need the tools and the encouragement to find their wings to reach their goals..." If you child struggles in the areas of reading, writing, math, or study skills, Ms. Terry probably has the answer you're looking for. :)

*As I've previously mentioned, I received a free copy of "The Math Zone" card game and "Easy Math Reference Guide" for the purpose of this review.*

The Math Zone is an nifty card game designed to build basic math skills in a fun, drool-free way. Players answer an addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division problem based on the cards they draw from the pile. Their correct answers serve as point values (example: Answer 7x2 correctly, get 14 points). The game quickly becomes exciting with the drawing of a "Sorry" card, which will reduce your points by half (ugh!), or the awesome "Bonus" card which doubles your points (hooray!).

This game was a lot of fun to play. It definitely beats flashcards any day, and all three children really got a kick out of it (even if Sierra initially said "The words "fun and "math" do not belong in the same sentence."). We plan to continue to use it a few days a week instead of our regular worksheets...just to spice things up a bit. ;o)

The Math Zone contains 81 cards in two decks (7-9 years old & 9 years-adult), "Bonus" and "Sorry" cards, and directions for play. You can purchase directly from Bonnie Terry for only $12. The price I feel is extremely reasonable, considering it's non-consumable, you can use it with nearly every child, and it's just plain ol' FUN! It works...we love it...can't say enough good things about it. Period.

Next up is the Bonnie Terry Easy Math Reference Guide. This 16 page guide is filled with a variety of tips and explanations of math concepts spanning grades 1-8. It covers all operations such as:
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Graphs
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percents
  • Geometry
  • Measurements
  • Word Problem Strategies
  • Math Vocabulary Terms
  • and a host of additional concepts and topics.

Best of all, this super-handy tool arrives 3-hole punched and binder-ready. Just snap it in and you're off! This would make a good study tool for parents as well as students. (I don't know about you, but sometimes I umm..forget? to do certain math computations. But I'm sure I'm the ONLY one with this problem, right?)

The BT Easy Math Reference Guide is available for $17 through Bonnie Terry These products are also available in their Math Pack which also contains their "Super Spacers" paper organizers (a product I did not receive, therefore cannot write about) for $35.

Overall, our family was very impressed with the materials from Bonnie Terry Learning. They performed just as they said they would and my children enjoyed using them. You can learn more about these great materials by visiting their website.

While you're there, be sure to sign up for Bonnie's "Ten Free Tips to Eliminate Homework Wars and Improve Your Child's Reading". You can also find additional information about properly diagnosing your child's learning disabilities, including dyslexia by clicking here.

We're proud to award Bonnie Terry and her products with two happy thumbs up. :)

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