Chalk Dust for the Elementary Grades 3,4,and 5 by Cathy Duffy 2015
1 CD, one spiral bound Program Book, and student technical support - $55 per course
I have to add a note about Chalk Dust's computer-based math courses for the elementary grades, marketed under the trade name Math Matters. These courses for grade levels three through five were developed under the direction of Dana Mosely of Chalk Dust. The courses include colorful illustrations and animations as well as voice instruction for a key topic in each lesson. You can check out free sample lessons on line.
Each course has approximately 180 lessons and covers an entire year's math curriculum. All lessons include cumulative review. Some of the lessons allow the student to type answers in blanks provided while others call for written work from the student. Written mid-chapter and chapter tests are provided in the binder.
The typical lesson requires reading four to six sentences and answering about ten exercise problems and a few review problems. This will take about 30 minutes per day. Additional exercises are included if a lesson has to be repeated.
Unlike other math courses offered by Chalk Dust, students are not expected to work independently unless they are exceptional readers. Parents will still have to monitor and control the learning experience.
Students also have the opportunity to take the mid-term and final tests written in the standardized format called MCAT (Math Comprehensive Assessment Tests).