Monday, April 16, 2012

AIMS Education Foundation TOS Crew Review 2012

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 Back with another review item from AIMS Education Foundation. I love that AIMS is a non- profit company, yes you heard me right, they believe in educating children more than making a profit. How cool is that!

Here is some info about the company 

About AIMS

AIMS is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping teachers give students a solid conceptual understanding of math and science.

Who We AreFresno Pacific University

In 1981, 80 elementary and middle school teachers who shared the dream of giving students a strong hands-on foundation in math and science came together at Fresno Pacific and wrote the first AIMS’ activity books. Teachers loved them! Students learned more, learned in greater depth, and enjoyed learning. The word spread, and soon teachers across the nation were using AIMS to engage their students in hands-on learning.
Today, with pacing guides to follow and testing schedules to meet, teachers have less freedom to take advantage of teachable moments. Yet hands-on experiences are needed more than ever! So AIMS remains dedicated to producing math and science materials that will engage students and build conceptual understanding.
As a non-profit foundation, we are motivated by a passion for teaching and learning, not by profit. Our home is still on the campus of
Fresno Pacific University. We are committed to doing what’s best for students, and we never tire of helping them experience the joy of learning. Join us!

   You can also read about the story of AIMS and how it came to be as told by the founder by clicking here.

   It's Spring around here, and with that comes camping season, we tend to tote school with us up to camp but do try to make it was easy on us as possible. Workbooks are definitely a plus in relation to our bulky text books. So when given the opportunity to review a Math workbook from AIMS as part of being on the TOS Crew I jumped at the chance.
We were sent Looking at Lines, geared towards 6-9 graders and is in the Algebraic Thinking Series. Algebra has been something the boys have really had to work at this year so I was glad that we could use this workbook to deepen their strength of Algebraic skills.

 This workbook made learning lines and linear functions fun by using things the kids would find interesting and funny. For instance Dolphins and Candy. The book is not small by any standards it is about an inch thick and comes with a CD rom that can be used to access printable pages. This is an added benefit for those of us that like to use our book over and over. I am a little bit OCD when it comes to letting the kids write in the actual books we use. My kids tell me I have issues when it comes to our school supplies. Oh well I guess I could have worse issues. In all there are 300 pages of learning and resources in this Math book. This particular book retails for $24.95 with the CD or the same price for PDF download version. You also have the ability to purchase hands on manipulatives that go along with the books right from their website.

   In the AIMS Webstore you will find many available resources for Math and Science including not only workbooks, but lab kits and activities that will keep your students engaged and help them learn and retain the information.
   My boys have truly enjoyed learning with the help of AIMS. Be sure to check out what books my fellow crewmates reviewed since we all were able to choose which book we wanted to use with our families, especially if Looking at Lines is not the one for you at this point in your journey. There is bound to be something for everyone as they provide curriculum for ages Kindergarten through High School. You can also take a peek at free samples from their selection of learning books so be sure to take that opportunity.

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