Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills Review

I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew. 

I remember "3-minute math" growing up, which was a way for our teacher to give us math drill practice. Today, there is another (in my opinion) better option. Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills are workbooks designed to give your kids a way to practice math with no prep or fuss. 

Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills Review

We received three workbooks to review: Addition, multiplication, and division. Each works the same way. The book is full of pages with wheels on them that kids use to do math problems with the same addend, factor, or divisor. There are over 1400 total drills. 

Kids work on one wheel at a time, timing their efforts to try to get faster and better. When they are finished with a wheel, they can check their own work with the included math table in the back of the book. 

(It is recommended that you remove the answer key when you first get the book and put it in a safe place or even laminate it so that it can survive being used over and over as kids check their work.)

Depending on your child's math aptitude, they may finish each wheel in a minute or many minutes. The goal is that they get more efficient with more drills. How many drills you do a day is up to you, but regular, daily practice can make the most difference.

This workbook also comes with access to a math resource center. You can find the details within the book. 

Additional thoughts on this product

This is a well-thought-out math supplement that can help kids get practice without a lot of parent intervention. Honestly, you could set out a worksheet a day for your child to do and give them an egg timer to time their work. If you need to get a few things done around the house, for example, you could sit them with this drill. You only need to check in on their times and offer some correction or encouragement.

This book also comes with some helpful hints for using this book and doing well in math, in general. One tip that we chose not to follow is the recommendation to only use pencil for the drills. We are a pen-only household, using pen for everything, due to learning differences with my kids and personal preference. I can see how it might be better for some families to use a pencil (so you can erase), but we chose to just use pen and cross out any errors and write the correct answer above them. 

This may seem like a little thing, but I did want families to know that you are free to use this workbook in the way that makes sense for your family. Like most well-made homeschool tools, adapting is key to success. 

Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills Review Summary

Whether you homeschool or not, this workbook option is easy to administer and offers hours and hours of practice. It takes little to no prep work to incorporate into your learning. Even if your child seems to have their math facts down pat, regular review with this learning wheel method can help boost their confidence and cause a friction-free math process later on in their math career. 

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