Tuesday, February 9, 2010

MathTutor DVDs - A Review


Young Minds Numbers and Counting DVD - $19.99

Basic Math Word Problems DVD - $26.99


Instructor: Jason Gibson
You can read his impressive resume here.

Where to purchase: MathTutorDVD.com

Other products available:
Basic Math
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Algebra Word Problems
Advanced Algebra
Matrix Algebra
Advanced Calculus
Calculus 3
Physics 1
Physics 2
Physics 3
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About "Young Minds Numbers and Counting" -
This DVD was too young for my daughters. But we watched it as a family to get a feel for the product. The DVD teaches young children to count from 1 to 10. Your child will also learn animal names and sounds, fruits and vegetables, colors, and machines. It uses a variety of images with classical music (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart) playing in the background. The images (photos, video animation) are pretty, colorful and engaging. The music is relaxing and soothing. The DVD has bonus material also...Dot-to-Dot, Picture Puzzles, and Name the Animal. The bonus items are also for younger children. But I admit that I found it enjoyable. It is a pleasant little DVD that is engaging and educational. I would suggest an age range of 1 1/2 - 3 1/2 years old.

The DVD has won numerous awards, including the Dr. Toy Winner of the 10 Best Audio-Video Products.

I like this DVD. It is entertaining and educational.

About "Word Problems" DVD -
8 hours of video covering the ins and outs of Word Problems. It starts with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers. It then moves on to adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with decimals. Disc 2 covers adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. It ends with percents, ratios and proportions.

Host Jason Gibson takes your child step-by-step through solving math word problems. He teaches the key words to look for to determine which action to take...such as the sum for adding, the difference for subtracting, etc. He encourages drawing the problem as best you can. For example, if the question wants to know about 5 rows of 3 cars each...then draw it out. The DVD explains the importance of remembering the units of measurement that you are working with and how to cancel them out.

The DVD is 8 hours long. It starts out very basic and builds block upon block, increasing in difficulty as it goes. If your child has struggled with word problems, I would suggest starting at the very beginning. The first was too easy for my 5th grader, but I heard the instructor mention good points that were a good review and reminder for her.

Mr. Gibson is very thorough. He doesn't take for granted any previous knowledge on the part of your child. He will "take them by the hand" and lead them through each step of solving the word problems. After watching a few examples, it doesn't seem so intimidating anymore. Your child will hopefully begin to see that he really can do this; he really can solve word problems with ease.

There are no bells and whistles in this presentation. No bright colors or animation. Just a man and his marker board. And a thorough explanation of exactly how to solve a word problem.

If your child struggles with word problems, I recommend this video. It is not meant to entertain or amuse, just to teach.

To read other crew members' reviews, click here.

Disclaimer: I received 2 DVDs from MathTutorDVD.com free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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