Disclosure: I received this curriculum for free and was compensated for time spent reviewing it. Please know that all opinions are 100% mine, and I did not have to write a positive review. I always want to be upfront and honest, so please see my disclosure policy if you have questions!
Truthfully, I am not really a “textbook” kind of person. I prefer hands-on, active learning. On the other hand, my little Hannah LOVES workbooks. Seriously. She does! She even asks for them for Christmas and birthdays. I wish I would’ve taken a picture on the day we opened up the enVisionMATH program from Pearson Homeschool. Her face was priceless–it truly was like opening a gift for her. She insisted on starting that day and we have continued doing a page here and there (since it’s technically our summer break). I expect we’ll be about a third of the way through before we even kick-off our school year in August!
The fact is, the curriculum couldn’t have come at a better time. I had been struggling with what to do for math since I usually just play games, use inexpensive workbooks, and print math sheets I find around the web for the first years of homeschool. The math program I’m using with the older girls doesn’t begin until 3rd grade: however, I knew Hannah wanted a little more than my hodgepodge curriculum. She sees her big sisters doing “big” math and is constantly asking me when she gets to do it, too. I jumped when the chance to review enVisionMATH 1st grade came. I was hoping it would be a great fit for both of us–meeting my need for hands-on learning and Hannah’s need to “be like my big sisters.” I was not disappointed!
Pearson Homeschool enVision Math Curriculum Review
My first impression when I opened up the 1st grade enVisionMATH homeschool curriculum was that it was quite unique. It has a HUGE student tablet with pages to tear out and fold to use for the lessons. The book includes thirteen units covering math topics like addition, subtraction, measuring, money, patterns, and geometry. (You can find the table of contents here.)
The curriculum also includes a teacher’s edition on CD-Rom. I personally like having it on my computer since I’m going through a simplifying and decluttering phase of my life. It’s nice not to have one more book to take up space on our shelves!
The Teacher’s Guide includes ways to differentiate learning if your child isn’t exactly “on grade level”. It also includes background info, step-by-step instructions if you need that or feel more comfortable that way, math vocabulary (and printable cards), and a printable math booklet for each unit. The lay-out of the teacher’s guide is quite similar to what I was used to when I was teaching in a classroom (except it’s on the computer)!
Not only does it have bright, beautifully-colored consumable workbook pages (which Hannah loves); it also has hands-on games for every math unit in the student book. The math games use basic items you can find around the house, and we’ve already played two of them. The student pages also include workmats and recording spaces to promote interactive learning with manipulatives. It’s the best of both worlds for us: hands-on for mom and workbook-ish for Hannah!
While I’m not really big on formally testing my little ones, I do like that they’ve included unit tests in the student tablet. Learning to take a test is a skill and gets easier with practice, so the fill-in-the-circle tests are a good way to get some experience. They are also nice to save for a student portfolios/records (if you need that for your state).
The Mindpoint Quiz Show CD-Rom game was also a fun addition for my daughter. It was a little challenging for her–especially to race the computer. Eventually I think she’ll be ready to take on the computer (and her sisters), but for now, we are just doing the timed version of the quiz show. She is much more confident with that! I will say one concern I had with the game is the announcer uses the word shut-up when you go to turn off the game. That may be a little nit-picky, but I don’t let the girls use that word and I was just a little surprised by that! Otherwise, I do like that the game has several options and different ways to play. You probably wouldn’t really have to have the game, but it is a great way to review each unit of the student text.
The 1st grade homeschool enVisionMATH Bundle includes student edition worktext, Mindpoint Quiz Show CD-rom, Parent Guide, and Teacher Edition CD-Rom. You can find the other bundles for each grade level below:
- enVisionMATH Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
- enVisionMATH 1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum
- enVisionMATH 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum
- enVisionMATH 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum
- enVisionMATH 4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
- enVisionMATH 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
- enVisionMATH 6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Pearson Homeschool Resources Discount Code
Pearson is a company I’ve known about for many years, but I didn’t realize they had this special homeschool line. I first used the MCP Plaid Phonics program when I was teaching in the classroom. I also love their We Give Books initiative. It’s a great way to read children’s eBooks for free (and they have a summer reading program you should check out)!
One awesome benefit of reviewing and sharing this curriculum is I also get to share a special discount code with you! Use the code BLG25 to save 25% on any of the Pearson Homeschool products and curriculum listed below:
● enVisionMath Bundle Grades K-6
● myWorld Social Studies Bundle Grades K-6
● MCP Plaid Phonics Bundle Grades K-6
● Interactive Science Bundle Grades K-5
As for Hannah and I, we will be working our way through the enVisionMATH homeschool curriculum over the next year. I was pleasantly surprised by this curriculum and feel like it meets both of our needs quite well!
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