We have used Mathematical Reasoning a lot before. In addition to Math-U-See Alpha we use Mathematical Reasoning B. I did tear out all the pages and put it in a binder (2 inch) with Mathematical Reasoning A. Then we use a sheet protector so that we can reuse the pages as much as we like. Like with the other Mathematical Reasonings I really like that it is in color. This book starts with jumping right into addition and counting money. So if your child doesn’t know how to add then I would suggest getting Mathematical Reasoning A or Math-U-See Primer. There is skip counting early on in this workbook as well as halves and patterns.

Some pages in this book I find to be just busy work. They show a picture and then the child has to make the picture next to it match. There are pages that work on tallies. First, the child will count the tallies and write down what number they represent. Then, they will write both the tallies and the number answer to the problem. Closer to the end of the workbook they have more subtraction work. Since Mathematical Reasoning is a spiral type of workbook it will spiral back to things that were already taught.

Something Mathematical Reasoning does have that I do not believe is in the Math-U-See we have done is length. We do get some practice with length by using Mathematical Reasoning and Osmo (dragon). Towards the back of the book there is more work with fractions. There is also work on number families but what I find that is really cool is that there is expanded notation work. I would recommend this math book if your child needs extra work but we have come to like Math-U-See better. Of course it does depend on each child and how they learn best.

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