Math Essentials: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Math Essentials: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Math Essentials: A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Sacha’s<25:  Improve essential math skills and scores dramatically in your students in only 20 minutes per day using this DVD/workbook program.

Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)

Is it worth our time?  10 stars
Did it help us learn? 10 stars
Is it worth the money? 10 stars
Is it useful to me? 10 stars
Practicality- 10 stars
Quality- 9 stars
Kid Rating-  9 stars

Our Experience:

When this review first came up, I wasn’t very excited about it.  I thought, “Another math program?”  However, once I poked around on the Math Essentials website I was excited to give it a try.  I ended up placing a phone call to the company to try to figure out where I would place Matthew in all of their books.  I was pleasantly surprised when the owner of the company and author of the books called me back within the hour (this was on the weekend) to help answer my questions!  After speaking with Rick Fisher I was super thrilled to try out the program.  We have been looking for something to use for Matthew this upcoming school year.  We have reviewed online programs and used workbooks, but I haven’t been blown away with anything yet.  

Enter Math Essentials Book 2 for Middle and High school students! After speaking with  Mr Fisher I learned that the problem most Pre-Algebra and Algebra teachers have is that the students coming into their classes haven’t mastered the basic math skills necessary to be able to fully do these upper level classes.  Matthew will be in 7th grade this year and with the current curriculum we have been using he would be ready for Pre-Algebra.  However, I really felt like he would do well if we spent some time reviewing all that he has learned before hitting the Pre-Algebra level.  This way he would have a better grasp of the essentials!

Can I tell you that Matthew was thrilled to hear he only had to do math for 20 minutes a day?  Yep, what kid wouldn’t be?

We are loving this program. At the beginning of the DVD we see Mr. Fisher and he speaks but once we hit the lessons it is just his voice and a whiteboard going through the problems.  The DVD is not watched every day, you just watch it on the days it corresponds to a new topic.  Mr. Fisher stresses that the students write the problems out along with him on the DVD teaching portion.  At times he goes slowly explaining how to do a particular type of problem, slowly enough that Matthew finishes the problem before he is done teaching it.  However, I appreciate that he isn’t rushing through and expecting students to know what they are doing.

Each day the student does one page in the workbook.  Matthew really enjoyed that the lessons were quick, not overly repetitive.  I enjoyed not hearing complaints about having to do math!  We will be continuing this program through the school year.  My only concern is that this might not be enough math to stand alone as our only math each day.  Mr. Fisher claims that “with consistent review built into each lesson, concepts missed in the basic curriculum will be covered in the daily review or new material section. You definitely will be ready for Algebra 1 after completing either of these workbooks!”

Don’t just take our word for it….click here to see samples of Mastering Math Essentials book 2!

From Mastering Essential’s Website:

Mastering Essential Math Skills for Middle School Grades/High School is 8 chapters and 125 pages. You’ll be provided instruction and practice for:

  • whole numbers
  • fractions
  • decimals
  • percentages
  • integers
  • geometry
  • charts and graphs
  • problem solving

The key to this program’s success is that every lesson is fun and exciting. Each daily 20 minute session is short, concise and self contained. Students don’t have time to get bored or discouraged. Consistent review is built into lessons so students are able to master and reinforce their math skills. Students can see their progress and this helps increase their confidence and build self-esteem.

A daily lesson contains five key parts.

  1. There are two speed drills
  2. review exercises
  3. helpful hints section
  4. new material
  5. daily word problem

Lessons are easy to correct and the Parent/Teacher’s Guide provides illustrated step-by-step solutions for each exercise and problem.

Use Rick Fisher’s Mastering Essential Math Skills for 20 minutes a day as directed. If you don’t see what you feel are dramatically improved math test scores, send us a note saying so. You’ll receive a prompt, complete refund – no questions asked!

What I liked:

  • 20 minutes a day!
  • There’s not a ridiculus amount of problems…he gets right to the point and they do enough problems to make sure they have it, but aren’t bored to death.
  • Math is reviewed along the way.  He doesn’t hit a topic once and then never cover it again!
  • I really feel like this would prepare a math student to be ready for Algebra.
  • No risk-money back guarantee.
  • Love that there is a instructional DVD included with this program.
  • The price is right!

What I didn’t like:

  • The DVD teaching can be a bit slow at times…no biggie…the teaching isn’t very long each day.
  • I’m not sure that it can be used as a stand alone math program.  However, it is awesome as review or supplement!

To sum it up: Math Essentials offers many books/programs for all ages and skill levels.  It would be a disservice to yourself and kids if you don’t check out what they have to offer. Also, don’t forget they have a money back satisfaction guarantee!  (see below for a special deal as well!)


The important information:




Math Essentials

Published by:  Math Essentials 

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Price: Mastering Math Essentials Book 2 and DVD Set- $33.95

Math Essentials will be offering a special promotion for the months of July, August, and September.

The promotion applies to any order placed through the Math Essentials website.

Any order that includes Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 1, OR, Mastering Essential Math Skills Book 2, OR, No-Nonsense Algebra, will include a free copy of Geometry (A $14.95 value) plus a free Homework Kit (A $4.99 value).

To read other Schoolhouse Crew reviews of this product click here.


Disclosure/Disclaimer:  I received the above product free of charge for review purposes.  I am only expected to give an honest review.

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