Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I See Cards-PyraMath-TOS Review

Do you need help with math? Ok, well maybe not YOU directly, but do your CHILDREN need help with math? Is their knowledge of math facts (or lack there of) making your math lessons dreaded by all? Would your children rather trim the lawn with scissors than be drilled, yet again, on their facts?

Do you need a hero to sweep down in tights and a cape to come and rescue your family from the evil math fact monster? Well, read on because I SEE a Hero!

The Product

PyraMath Card game
from I See Cards

From their website:

"When children play PyraMath, they know they're having fun, and you know that they're learning! PyraMath is comprehensive interactive arithmetic lesson that gives your child unlimited practice at their individual level
Each brightly colored card displays four basic mathematical symbols on the back, and the number along with English, Spanish, Chinese, Roman, French and Arabic translations and symbols on the front. Players quickly identify the numbers on their cards and add, subtract, multiply and divide to finish their pyramid first ! Whoever is the first to finish their pyramid by using their mathematical knowledge wins !

Ensure the mathematical success of your children with PyraMath!"
PyraMath Decks Include:
  • 54 Math Learning Cards
  • Each card clearly numbered
  • Each card clearly labeled with 4 mathematical symbols addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Each card clearly marked with English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Roman and French numerical translation and symbols.
$6.95 per Deck

The McMama Experience

To be honest with you math is not really a hated subject in our home but it's not one that we are in love with either. Biggest is good at math though still slow at producing answers and such. I wasn't sure how she'd take to this game at all.

The goal of the game is to build a pyramid on your side of the cards using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You are only allowed to work with two cards that are side by side. So, for example if there is a 4 and a 6 together I could lay down between those too either a 10 (addition), a two (subtraction), a 4 (multiplication-for double digit numbers you would use the number in the ones place-24) and there are no division possibilities...I think! :)

I pulled Pyramath out one afternoon, explained the rules and got going. Big Sis soon wanted to join in too. This being her first officially year of any kind of math she quickly lost interest and said that it was too hard to try and add all those numbers together.

Biggest hung on until the end of the game and after I asked what she thought she said she liked it but it was kind of difficult.
Honestly I wasn't sure the first time we played if we were doing it right and this is how our "pyramid" ended. I figured out later that we were doing a few things wrong but was able to understand before we played again.

The math curriculum that we currently use incorporates a lot of card games already so this game, although neat, didn't really add anything to our homeschool.

However, for those who don't have a lot of manipulatives for math and are in need of math fact review I think that this game would do wonders for the children.

I even took the cards to our Co-op and showed some older kids how to play. They enjoyed the game but said that it was a little hard. I think that means that this game really makes the kids think!

The Breakdown

  • For $6.95 you get a great tool for math fact practice-practice for all the facts at the same time at that!

  • The directions were not very clear in my opinion but they do have an online version that you can try to get some practice in before playing with the children.

  • This card game is also great because you can use it with kids at all levels of math at the same time!
Here are the other math games available from the I See Cards company as well:

Fractazmic -Kids learn numbers, fractions and measurments.
Prime Bomb - Kids learn prime numbers, factoring and mulitplication (Website currently under construction.)
I See Cards - Kids learn object association, multiple languages and hand eye coordination

Click on the banner below to read what other Crew members have to say about this game.


**Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.**

Lovin' Learnin'

1 comment:

  1. Hey girl, Nice review and photos. Looks like you had fun with this game. We did too. Drop by and check out what we are doing with our Little House co-op.


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