Have you ever done something that you know is important, but that you also know that takes up time that you could use doing something else probably more important? I'm sure everyone has. When you have kids, this becomes your daily life. I decided that our middle son needed extra practice with multiplication. That meant that I go online to find worksheets and print them out. Seems simple, right? Well, it should have been. The problem? My computer thought that it would be a good time to take like a million years doing something that should have taken seconds. Okay, it wasn't a "million" years, but I'm sure that it was pretty close. I spent the time, though, because it was important for his growth in math. The next week, we got news that we were being given the opportunity to review One Page A Day 2 Digit Multiplication Practice by Channie's Visual Handwriting & Math workbooks. Wow! Just what I needed, when I needed it. Once we received it, I didn't have to search each week for the next week's pages. It was already there, ready and waiting.
Our middle son was less excited than I was to receive it. I'm not sure why? (note the hint of sarcasm there) We really liked reviewing Channie's Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook, so I figured that we would like this one as well. I was right! It is a very systematic way to complete two digit by one digit and two digit by two digit multiplication problems. They have placed all of the digits in boxes so that the place values stay correct. That's what I had to do with our oldest. I started putting his math problems on graph paper, so that he would be able to keep all of the digits in their correct place value positions.
I also like that Channie's has added color to their worksheets. Too many times worksheets are black and white. This is especially true because, when I print online, I'm trying to save money by printing in black and white. The color isn't just there to look pretty. It is there for a purpose. As you can see from the sample, the green color is used to show when the student is multiplying by the ones place digit. Then the student moves to the tens place digit, which is blue. Fantastic!
This shows where they are to put their numbers and what they coordinate with. I also love how they left the space white when moving to the tens place digit. That really stands out to help the student remember that they need to shift their numbers over when multiplying by that digit. I always told my son to put a zero there, just to hold his place because he couldn't remember to shift his numbers over. Channie's does this for him and makes it so visual for him to see.
Here is what our middle son had to say about this product:
I like that they say it is just one page a day. I liked that you can do it quickly and that it's not too hard. I think that it's a really great math program. I've always had a difficult time with different math programs, but I did well with this one. It's great that it's on paper and not online.
I think that the only thing that I would change about this would be to add the "plus" sign. Students forget that they are supposed to add here and this would be a great teaching reminder. Other than that, this product has come in handy and has saved me time. Time is precious.
Our son has been working through a page each day for four days a week. This has brought us a good way through the book, but we have yet to complete it. We will be continuing and completing this One Page A Day 2 Digit Multiplication Practice by Channie's Visual Handwriting & Math workbooks. It is just what we need right now.
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