Title: Pyramath
Vendor: I See Cards
Target Ages: Those learning basic math facts to those who need review
Format: A deck of cards for purchase at the I See Cards shop 
Price: $6.95 (plus tax if you are in Florida) 

This is a game to help students master their basic math skills. A 54-carIMG_5424d deck features four mathematical symbols (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) on one side. On the other side, there is a numeral along with English, Spanish, Chinese, Roman, French and Arabic translations. The deck came with a small 28-page instruction book for “succeeding in mathematics with games.”

The object of the game is to build a pyramid using your math skills. You start with 5-7 cards in a row. Using the number cards that are next to each other, you will either add, subtract, multiply, or divide to build the next level of your pyramid. Your play surface will look something like this: howtoplay

You can play an online version (complete with prizes) here.

The Queen’s Overall Assessment:
The unit is directed towards multiple ages. Since the prince is 7 and the princess is 4, I base my assessment on those ages.

We LOVED this game. We tweaked it just a bit. Since we haven’t started learning multiplication and division, we just used addition and subtraction skills to play the game. If we (aka “the prince”) weren’t in the mood to play very long, we only started with 5 cards instead of 7. (Of course, the length of the game depends on how quick you are to get the answer and the “luck of the draw” to have the needed card come next.)

The tricky situations for us were:
  • when answers were 2-digit numbers. The instructions say that when that happens, just use the “ones” digit of that number. So, if the answer is “13”, you use the “3” card. While this provided re-enforcement of the “tens” and “ones” space, we just forgot to do it … a lot.
  • the stacking of the cards as seen in the picture. For the prince and princess, placing cards on top of each other was confusing. We just started laying them next to each other like this: pyramath2
  • have numerals facing in two directions. The design of the cards facilitates 2-person play. However, it was sometimes hard to remember if the card was a “6” or “9.”
  • instructions. While the booklet had instructions for 2-person play and variations of the game, I did not see any instructions for single-person play. However, I found the instructions here on their website.

We will definitely be checking out the other games by I See Cards as we progress in our math studies.

Be sure to check out the other reviews at The Homeschool Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: This was a review of my experience with the product described. I tried to give a complete and honest assessment. In order to review the product, I received a free deck of cards with no additional compensation. This in no way influenced my review of the product. The opinions expressed are my own and were not affected or reviewed by anyone prior to publishing.

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date Wednesday, September 15, 2010

1 comments to “Pyramath Review”

  1. Nikki
    September 15, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    I really like how you format your reviews! It looks and reads great!

    By the way...the comment you left about my girls shucking corn came through just fine.:)

    Thanks for visiting today!

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