Discover the Basics: Squares, Roots, & Exponents helps
children understand what squares, roots, and exponents are and
how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and factor with them. Intended
for fifth grade and above, this curriculum assumes the student
has already mastered basic multiplication and division.
Discover the Basics: Squares, Roots, & Exponents has
a comprehensive introduction that clearly explains how to use the
program and provides a number of teaching tips (including how to
talk to the student when they make a mistake). There is also a
pre-test, post-test, and answer section. Lessons begin by introducing
basic concepts, such as defining and picturing squares
and roots. From there, students move at a fairly slow pace, allowing
them to gain a thorough understanding of each concept.
This curriculum covers more than just the basics; besides adding,
subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and factoring with squares,
roots, and exponents, it includes instruction for using squares
and roots with decimals and irrational numbers, and it even delves
into the world of negative exponents. The text explains how to
find the area of a circle and the length of a hypotenuse as well.
Children also develop fluency with their addition and subtraction
facts by going through these lessons. The more difficult basic
division facts are reviewed too.
Discover the Basics: Squares, Roots, & Exponents could
be used in a classroom, homeschool, or private tutoring setting.
It is excellent for first-time instruction and would also be very
helpful as remedial work. I feel a 10 or 11-year-old could use
it independently with a little help now and then. The text is basic
black and white. No colorful, glossy paper here. There are pictures
throughout, but they are not distracting. Instead, they actually
help make sense of the definitions. Real-life applications are
used frequently, making math seem so much more reasonable. Often
these real-life applications and pictures combine to make one great
explanation or practice tool. For example, a diagram of a twins'
family tree is used to picture different exponent problems.
I like this curriculum and find it very easy to understand. It
is not just a textbook full of sums and problems. Discover
the Basics teaches why as well as how in a unique way; it
guides the child along and allows him to discover the answer himself.
If your student goes through the text as instructed, he will know
his math facts and be able to use them quickly.
It is important to note that there are no set lesson plans. Students
are encouraged to do some new work and review previous pages for
a total of 20 to 30 minutes each day.
In conclusion, Discover the Basics: Squares, Roots, & Exponents is
a comprehensive text that gives children a firm foundation in this
subject. Easy-to-understand explanations and lots of practice ensure
that those who complete the lessons will truly understand how to
recognize and use squares, roots, and exponents.