I was first introduced to Evan-Moor’s Skill Sharpeners series about 18 months ago. These books have quickly become one of our favorite homeschool supplements. When my 4.5 year old finished her Skill Sharpener’s Critical Thinking book (CLICK HERE to read my full review), she told me she wasn’t going to do any more school work until I got her more Skill Sharpener workbooks. The next book we tried was Skill Sharpeners Math, Grade K. I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for this review.
Overview of Skill Sharpeners Math, Grade K
The Skill Sharpeners Math Activity book for Kindergarten provides fun colorful practice pages in measurement, data, and computation. The 10 themed units cover math concepts such as one-to-one correspondence, counting, reading and writing numbers, adding, subtracting, patterns, and shapes.
CLICK HERE to see Skill Sharpeners Math previews of additional grades levels (Pre-K to 6) on Evan-Moor’s Website.
The skill practiced in this activity book align with the National Standards for Kindergarten math. As a homeschooling parent and former teacher, content that aligns with grade level standards gives me confidence that my child is practicing skills appropriate for their instructional level.
Benefits of Using Evan-Moor’s Skill Sharpeners Math
When Skill Sharpeners Math K first came in the mail, my daughter was ecstatic. When I started doing school work with her siblings the next day, she wanted to start her new math book right away. She spent 3 hours sitting at the table doing the activities in this book that first day. My daughter really loves the Skill Sharpeners activity books.
Full Color Visual Appeal
Apparently I use too much black-and-white print-at-home curriculum. After first receiving her Skill Sharpeners Math Activity book, my daughter was incredibly excited to see all of the beautiful colors as she looked through the book. She kept pointing out the various colors their printer could make. She also noted that our printer couldn’t make those colors. The full color pages and illustrations are very visually appealing.
The activity pages provide opportunities for the child to color, draw, cut, and paste while they practice math skills. My daughter is so eager to complete the activities and will look ahead to see which page of cutting, pasting, or drawing that she really wants to get to each day.
The Skill Sharpeners Math Activity book requires absolutely no preparation time. As a busy mom, I consider a fun math practice book with no prep a win.
Can be used as Independent work
Recently in some homeschooling groups, I have seen parents post questions about how to help their children complete their work more independently. One way is to provide a fun activity book to practice skills previously taught. The Skill Sharpeners Math books are a great resource for independent practice. Select the previous grade level completed for independent practice over the summer or at the beginning of the school year. For mid-year or late-year independent practice, pick the current grade level.
Included Unit Assessments
Each unit ends with an assessment. As a former certified teacher, I love quick assessments. These are really helpful in determining if the child has truly mastered the skills covered. If not, I know what skills need review or reteaching.
The Skill Sharpeners math series is a fun way to practice math skills. Although the books cover grade level concepts and align with math standards for education, you may need additional materials to initially teach math concepts. For grades 1-6, you can use Evan-Moor’s Daily Math Practice with Math Fundamentals as your core math curriculum. CLICK HERE to read more about Evan-Moor math for grades 1-6.
For Pre-K and K, you can use Evan-Moor’s Every Day Literacy Math books to teach grade level math concepts.
Final Recommendations on Skill Sharpeners Math
My daughter has absolutely loved practicing her math skills using Skill Sharpeners Math, grade K. I do highly recommend this book series, which is available for grades pre-K to 6. These math books can be used as a fun way to practice concepts during the school year, as a refresher to retain concepts over the summer, or over any homeschooling vacation where you don’t want to bring your core math curriculum materials.