Sunday, June 17, 2012

enVision Math 5 - A Review

The 5th Grade Homeschool Bundle includes: Student Edition, MindPoint® Quiz Show CD-ROM, and Teacher Edition CD-ROM.

Pearson Homeschool offers a wide range of curriculum for Pre-K through 12th grade, including the very popular, "Sing, Spell, Read, and Write"

About enVisionMATH  5 (from their site):

Fifth-graders will acquire the tools and understanding necessary to succeed in middle school level math homeschool courses by learning to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with decimals, fractions, and whole numbers.  Your child will learn to use algebraic thinking to solve real-world problems with tables and graphs.  They will learn basic geometric concepts that extend to ideas of length, mass, and volume. 

Teaching a lesson

What you get in a homeschool bundle:

Hardbound student edition - "Visual Learning Bridge teaches math concepts step-by-step with purposeful, sequential illustrations while connecting learning activities and lesson exercises. Grades 3–6 hardbound edition expands visual learning with focus questions and pictures with a purpose, and students learn to express concepts in writing."

MindPoint Quiz Show CD-Rom  - "Multiple-choice questions in a game-show format give your students additional math practice. Ideal for students to play on their own or in small groups, or you can create teams and get the whole class involved. Macintosh/Windows Dual Compatibility"

Teacher Edition CD-ROM - "Contains the entire contents of the Teacher's Edition with easy navigation. Includes customizable lesson plans, teaching guides, reviews and assessments, and numerous printable resources in .pdf format all organized in a friendly, easy-to-use format. Macintosh/Windows Dual Compatibility"

Parent Guide - "This guide walks you through the program highlighting the main elements of the student and teacher materials and provides guidance on setting up your lesson plan, pacing, and adapting the curriculum to fit your family."

Table of Contents:

  • Topic 1: Numeration
  • Topic 2: Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Topic 3: Multiplying Whole Numbers
  • Topic 4: Dividing with 1-Digit Divisors
  • Topic 5: Dividing with 2-Digit Divisors
  • Topic 6: Variables and Expressions
  • Topic 7: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals
  • Topic 8: Shapes
  • Topic 9: Fractions and Decimals
  • Topic 10: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • Topic 11: Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • Topic 12: Perimeter and Area
  • Topic 13: Solids
  • Topic 14: Measurement Units, Time, and Temperature
  • Topic 15: Solving and Writing Equations and Inequalities
  • Topic 16: Ratio and Percent
  • Topic 17: Equations and Graphs
  • Topic 18: Graphs and Data
  • Topic 19: Transformations, Congruence, and Symmetry
  • Topic 20: Probability

An optional Homework Workbook is also available for only $7.97.

Our Thoughts:

What we like -

1. The book is sturdy and durable.

2. The textbook has colorful pictures and illustrated questions.

3.  Each lesson has a nice and colorful explanation across the top of the 2 pages.

4.  enVision 5 includes a problem solving handbook in the front, with many helpful tips for solving a variety of math equations/problems.

5.  The lessons are broken up into reasonable segments.  The explanation and examples, a chance to explain to make sure the student understands, a guided practice for the parent to get the child going (making sure they understand), and then independent practice.

6.  The questions attempt to relate to real life and even include interesting history and trivia.  For example:
"To amend the Constitution of the United States, 2/3 of each house of Congress must approve the amendment.  Is 7/12 of a house's approval enough?"

7.   The tests state what lesson the skill was covered in.  This is handy if you miss a problem and want to see why.

8.  After each test is a reteaching section, for those areas that were neglected on the test.

9.  The Parent Guide offers a helping hand for the parent on their homeschool journey.

10. The electronic teacher's edition includes lots of helpful resources for the teacher/parent, including answers and printables.

11. The Quiz Show CD is a nice addition for my daughter. Students can compete against the clock, against the computer, or against another student.  My daughter is competitive, so she wanted to go quickly and beat the opponent (in our case, the computer).  It includes topics from every lesson learned in the book.

12.  My daughter would ask to use this book, instead of her regular program.

What We Don't Like:

1.  I would prefer a consumable textbook, versus writing the answers in a notebook.  But some might prefer this route, since they can use the book again with other children.

2.  I would prefer the option of answer key book, in adiditon to the teacher's CD.  Because although the extra printables and such are a great supplement, I would rather not have to load the CD to check my student's answers.

3.  The pages are a tad bit busy for me. But of course, if they spread it out more, the book would be thicker and heavier and more expensive.  So I guess it is a trade off.

Since my daughter will be 5th grade next school year. I plan to continue using the enVision 5 math bundle in the fall.


Disclaimer: I received this product 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.



  1. Hmm...second time I have come across seeing this curriculum! Interesting!
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