Hello, Hi! I am going through all the great things in my new classroom this week! I have stumbled upon the math books. Our school uses Houghton Mifflin math. I have only taught 1st and 2nd grades before and our Math curriculum came with a student book -- consumable and colorful. We also had the option of ordering the "Practice workbook" for each child to use as homework, which we did in 2nd. In my new 3rd grade classroom, we have the practice workbook which I plan to use as homework BUT there's also 25 hard-cover text books. These books are not the consumable kind that I used with 1st and 2nd grade. They're the text books for students to use year after year. So.. here's my question (goodness I'm wordy!) -- How do I use the hard-cover Math textbooks? Each page has lessons and questions... so do I have the children copy the problems as well as their solutions? For example if questions 1-10 are all multiplication facts, do I have them copy 2x5= 10 or just write 10? Do you have the children mirror the book? For example if the problems look like this: 1. 5X10= 2. 5X20= 3. 4X10= 4. 6x7= Would you have your children write these horizontally to mirror the text? Thank YOU! Question two: I feel very strongly about daily math review in elementary school. In my past years of teaching, I fear that I did not spend enough time on numeracy as I did literacy. The children in 2nd grade last year truly benefited with me when we counted every day by 10s, 20s, 4s, etc... It was stimulating and fun. I am learning that when it comes to math -- they really enjoy a challenge. Watching some of their eyes as they would process a "mental math" question was as exciting to me as when a child would sound out a new word! Anyway, for those of you familar with the Evan-Moor Daily Skills Review... I used these in 2nd for morning work. They work wonders. I just purchased "Daily Lang. Review Grade:3" and was torn between "Daily Math Review" and "Daily Word Problem Review." These books are between 17-20 dollars and well... we're all pretty broke over the summer! I went with the word problem book. In second grade we used this book and I was amazed at how many children struggled with this concept. As a kid, I remember getting to the bottom of a worksheet or test (where the word problems always were waiting for me!) and dreading solving a problem. I do not think I properly understood the steps and strategies needed to solve a word problem. Last year in 2nd we could spend 5 minutes on the word problem or 20. It was pretty cool. The worksheets have the kids have to show their work too. It was pretty interesting to see who wrote what to solve their problems. Anyway, do you think I should buy the math review too? It's about 5 or 6 math problems sort of like a "mixed review." I could always get it later on and introduce it midyear? Thanks for your help. I have never, ever been confident in my personal ability to perform well in math, which likely leads to all these questions!! In 8th grade, my mom and I spoke with my pre-algebrateacher about any extra credit I could do to bring up that "D." Mr. ___ chuckled and said "Math just isn't her thing..." We all have that one teacher who now, as teachers, we will never, ever, ever want to emulate - that's my teacher! Well, he'd be happy to know that I try to go above and beyond to make sure ALL my kids have a love for math.