In the Spring, I made myself a 6-week plan. A master plan to smash 8 weeks of school into 6 before my family came for a visit. Our school year was full of moving and moving again and getting used to a new place and it was just crazy. There were things that got over looked or skipped because it was just a stressful year.
I knew there were some areas we needed to firm up a bit, specifically multiplication for Noah and addition for Jack. For those last six weeks we brought our A-game. Not only did we finish our regular math program strong, we added on a supplement called Addition or Multiplication Made Easy. This supplement was a great way to end out our school year.
Addition and Multiplication Made Easy is an all-inclusive book. It includes flash cards, lesson plans for the teacher, the lessons, and review tests to check progress. Everyday is different...there's no just plain fact sheets (which my kids can't stand). It's coloring, cutting, puzzles, and more. The boys started referring to it as "their fun math." This I found comical because math is just not considered "fun" by my kids...it's just not.
The premise of this program is meant to supplement a regular math program while solidifying those basic addition or multiplication facts. And it works! Gloria's (the author) goal is to teach kids to add and multiply without using their fingers in a way that will last. The student will take a pretest at the beginning of the six weeks, you time them and see how many they get done. You give them the same test at the end of the six weeks and you can see how much they've improved.
Jack showed the biggest improvement. This program introduced addition facts we hadn't even touched yet and by the end of it he could rattle off facts like nobody's business. That's pretty cool.
I loved this book. It was simple and easy to use and my kids loved doing it...no complaining...not once. That's pretty good ;) It's a terrific supplement to your regular math program, especially if your kids are needing a little brushing up on their math facts. It only takes about 10 minutes and it's super fun for the kids...a great change-up to their regular math.
I would recommend ordering this for your first 6-weeks of school when your kids may have forgotten some of those important facts over the summer months.
If you have questions about this book, you can either visit their website or you can email Gloria directly at: Glendabrownjames@yahoo.com. You can also find them on facebook HERE.
I was given this product for review, but all the opinions are mine...I loved it!