This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 15th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

TOS Review ~ AIMS- Solve It! 3rd Problem-Solving Strategies

Have you ever heard of AIMS? I hadn’t until this review opportunity came up.  AIMS is an acronym for Activities Integrating Math and Science.  The company was founded on the principles that children need hands on opportunities to develop problem solving skills.

About the Book
“A Collection of activities designed to introduce students to nine problem-solving strategies.  The tasks included will engage students in active, hands-on investigations that allow them to apply their number, measurement, computation, geometry, data organization, and algebra skills in problem-solving settings.
The strategies addressed are: use manipulatives, write a number sentence, draw out the problem, guess and check, organized the information, look for patterns, use logical thinking, work backwards, and wish for an easier problem.  Also included are practice problems that can be used for assessment.
These activities give students the opportunity to develop a toolbox of problem-solving tools that they can draw from when approaching problems.  These skill will serve them well not only in mathematics, but in other academic subjects and their everyday lives.” (from the cover)
This book provided some much needed problem-solving skills for my 5th and 3rd graders to work on.  While some of the activities are geared for bigger groups we still managed to get the most out of the activities.  I especially found it helpful to have the included CD for easy printing of activity sheets. Overall we would recommend this product to anyone looking  for help in problem solving skills.  It is a great find with many activities to keep you  busy learning throughout the year!
Check out what my Crewmates had to say about this and other books we reviewed from AIMS Education Foundation, HERE.

Price: $24.95
Ages: Grades 3-5
Available to Purchase: AIMS
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I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2011-2012 Crew and as such received a copy of Solve It! 3rd: Problem-Solving Strategies + CD from AIMS, in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided.
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