We’re sorry to say that at the present time, we are unable to order these for you. They are quickly disappearing from the market it seems this fall (2020) since the school year has begun. We will still take some time over the next number of months to see if we will eventually be able to offer them again so will leave this product description up on our website. But I have changed the settings now so that you won’t be able to place an order for them here at this point in time. You might try searching Chapters/Indigo for titles since from what I understand, they might still have copies of at least some of the titles.
These are CANADIAN MATH consumable worktexts, one per level. They are classified as “colours” rather than official grade levels and originally marketed by that publisher as resources for “struggling students” who struggled with “reading”. As such, the sentence structure in this math series is plain and straightforward. The math concepts are well organized into units (chapters). Concepts sequentially increase in difficulty as the students gain practice and confidence in how to perform the math required to solve the problems. Print is large and there is a good amount of white space to complete the work on the page. (Alternatively, you could use it like a textbook and write in a lined notebook.) The word problems are generally about very sensible situations and use names and places relevant to Canadian students.
The chapters include all math strands (including operations, geometry, graphing, etc.). Each chapter begins with a simple pretest (to review past year’s skills), then the lessons, then a practice test in summary of what was learned. At the back of each book there are cumulative review tests for each chapter, a mid-term test for chapters 1-6 and a final test for chapters 1-13.
The downside of this series is that there are NO ANSWER KEYS. The way we can overcome this inconvenience is to look on the bright side and remember that we, as parents, are teachers who have passed grade 8 math before. Old-fashioned teachers used to both make up the tests and the answer keys in years past so this isn’t beyond our capabilities. The tests are short and some of them are multiple choice. The tests are also straightforward in language structure since this series isn’t out to trick anyone or cause extra confusion – they simply want to teach students math skills in a solid manner. So, as parents, we can do these short tests ourselves and make up our own answer key. (We personally don’t choose to mark the lesson work since any major issues with grasping a skill will either be noticed by the student and he/she will come over for help or else it will be noticed in a test to be retaught then.)
Generally on one side of a lesson page you would find computing-type of questions (those are the kind with just numbers to work with) and on the reverse side of the page, you would find word problems to apply those same math skills. This is the way I think all math curriculum should be like ideally, once you reach around that grade 3/4 level! This is the time when “real life” application of math generally lays aside the hands-on manipulatives and picks up more word problems.
You can see my comments further about why I believe this series doesn’t need to be thought of as a “math curriculum for struggling students” but rather one that is very good for average and even gifted learners on my blog here. The levels of math skills DO seem to match with ministry of education standards for those same grade levels from all I can tell.
Years ago, when we were trying out various publishers for math curriculum and our oldest child was in grade 4, Prism Math was the “pick of the crop” for that year for us. It had been recommended to us by another homeschooling mom who had used it successfully with her son. We liked it very much. (However, we chose to change over to try Math Mammoth for grades 5-8 and also liked that series. These two math curriculum have similarities and differences but both are excellent in our opinion.) This year, we have once again, returned to Prism Math for our junior/senior math grades.
And now, we have the opportunity to offer them to YOU!
The Prism Math series became out of print from our understanding but is available from us as long as our supplier has remaining stock. Please Note: Because of this, we cannot guarantee we can get these in for you but we will try our best or refund you your purchase if we cannot. We do not keep these in stock.
(Note: We do not carry the brown or gold levels since I think they were not as age-appropriate as the red to purple levels; they didn’t have enough hands-on or visual elements to them for young primaries in my opinion.)