I am reviewing this because I like it. I bought the book and have received nothing from the company or author for this review.
Okay, I have not been blunt about our math struggles but I have mentioned them over the past couple of years. Well, I was at a local bookstore looking for a math series that was recommended to me when I stumbled up on a very interesting find.
Do you know Danica McKellar? I didn’t know the name but evidently, most people will. Does The Wonder Years or The West Wing ring a bell? Yep – she’s THAT actress. Well, she evidently had problems with math when she was younger but was able to overcome. She even quit acting for a while to go to college and get a MATH DEGREE! She is back in acting but is also writing now. And she wrote a math book. Hmmm. . .
Well, I picked it up because, honestly, the title got me. I don’t like the title but I love the book! The title is “Math Doesn’t Suck: how to survive middle school math without losing your mind or breaking a nail.” I picked it up and read the first few pages and knew I was buying that book. It has been a great addition for us already.
I have read about half of it, laughing quite a bit and learning more about math than I knew. I’ll keep on reading until I am done. Then, I’ll be going through it again. Because Miss E is going through it.
Miss E had read through the first chapter. Without complaint! AND – get this – she has laughingly done the math exercises! WOOHOO!!!! Of course, when you get to draw monkey and palm trees with the numbers it does make it more fun. Factors and factoring and prime factors – check. Easy as that. We did save a couple of the exercises on prime factoring to do tomorrow after some sleep and today’s exercises to see how much stuck. But, absolutely no fuss or even a hint of one! I am so excited!!!!
I’ll give you a quick idea about what is covered:
- factors, prime factors,
- fractions (simple, complex, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, mixed, improper, etc.)
- order of operations
- converting fractions to decimals and back
- percentages and converting to and from fractions and decimals
- unit conversions
With a joyful, easy conversation, Danica brings to world of numbers down to a case that makes sense. The start of every chapter shows where in REAL LIFE math helps you out. It is a situation that many teens and tweens will understand and relate to. Some not. But the situations are fun (and funny) just the same. Danica takes the struggle out of the math and, dare I say it, makes it fun!
I can’t wait to work through more of this with Miss E. Might just bring math to life in a way that she understands. I am still looking to get the series that I went to the bookstore for but this is a fantastic find along the way.