In 2010, I wrote about the book series, The Complete Canadian Curriculum. At the time, I had just discovered these books (by accident) and thought they’d be a great addition to a Canadian homeschool curriculum. I was recently contacted by the distributor of the series and they let me know all about their expanded collection of books – the Smart Series. They sent me a few to check out and try with my boys.
The series actually covers a large variety of subjects.
There’s Math Smart, French Smart, English Smart, Read Smart, Science Smart …. and then a whole lot of extras – like things that target Preschoolers, testing skills, spelling, and summer refreshers. Right now, they are working on the Complete FrenchSmart series too! And, for my French language readers – I’m excited to tell you that they have a French Math series, Les Maths Faciles. Yay!
Each book makes learning fun with cartoon characters, interactive lessons, and lots of easy to read explanations and highlighted key-words. I like that as the students get older, the information is presented in more complex paragraphs while still being age appropriate. The early years books require more parental involvement as there is quite a bit of reading involved, but still easy for kids to understand and grasp.
I love that in the Science book – they’ve included experiment suggestions to expand on the book knowledge. The French and the Reading books are in colour – which is a nice change from the black and white of the other workbooks.
In our house, we’ve been using the MathSmart series for a few years. I love that they build on lessons – giving lots of opportunities to make sure concepts are understood. There are answers in the back of the book, too, so if can’t solve the problem or are confused by the wording of things – you can find out what you are supposed to be doing. It’s easy to teach, and easy to learn from.
And, don’t forget the Complete Canadian Curriculum books, which include a section on Math, English, Social Studies, and Science. I love using these books as part of our bigger curriculum – using the Math section for additional review if a child needs more practice, the Science section for additional worksheets on our hands-on plans, the Social Studies section to build a larger curriculum plan, and the English book to practice reading and comprehension in addition to our library books and other activities.