Sweet Critique: Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps


I’m not a fan of book-work math.  Love it in real-life application {like baking/cooking}, but I can do without the rest of it.  Blech!

Babydoll liked math…until we got to multiplication.  And it is here we seem to be stuck.  Well, not necessarily “stuck,” but it’s slow going and I’m wondering when we’ll hit division.  I’ll quiz her on each set of facts and she’s got it down, then two months later she doesn’t remember them…  Maybe I really suck as a math teacher.

At any rate, I was recently given the opportunity to review Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps, a book that touts an easy method for teaching multiplication.  Maybe this could help?

The method is easy; it literally took about five minutes to teach.  Out of respect for the author, I have chosen not to give specifics about the method, but I will say it is similar to things a student might do when they can’t remember the answer and need to “count it out,” such as tally marks, however, it is much easier, smaller, and cleaner than that.  It is a multi-sensory approach.

I really like that the book doesn’t just deal with basic multiplication, but shows you how to use the method with an unknown value, multi-digit multiplication, and division.  That really excited me.  I think this will come in very handy when we get to things like that.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love Math U See, but as many of you know, sometimes you need to send in the reinforcements to really get something through, and that’s what I love about this book.  It’s a great supplement and I highly recommend it.

The book retails for $14.95, but is listed on Amazon right now for $11.66 and free shipping.  Don’t worry, the parent site links to Amazon to purchase.

And yay!  They’re giving one of you guys a copy of the book!!!  How sweet is that?

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True Confessions:  I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for a review.  This did not sway my opinion one way or the other.