Thursday, August 9, 2012

Math Made Easy–Offline Addition Facts Mastery


Truly mastering math facts has been made easy.  Math Made Easy has actually been around for quite some time.

I was able to review Addition Teaching and Learning Made Easy.

The philosophy behind this teaching is a simple one.  Here are a few paraphrases from it:

  • Mastery of the facts will be evident within a few short weeks.  The child can then move on to higher levels of math successfully.
  • As a child how much time did you spend on memorizing the multiplication facts?  How much time on the addition facts?  Most kids spend hardly any time at all on memorizing the addition facts. 
  • Take away addends of 0 and 1 and any duplicate facts, (3+2, 2+3 {commutative property}) that leaves only 36 facts to be learned in single digit addition.  Learning 6 facts per week in in a random order forces a child to rely on memory, not quick addition by counting on their fingers.
  • This program is all about memorizing the addition facts.

How the program works:

Begin by teaching your child the facts with 0 and/or 1 as an addend.  Drill using the included flashcards.  There are worksheets included also. 

Take the included addition pretest.

Follow the instructions on the daily activity pages.  They are laid out so you just follow each day: Week 1, Monday, etc. 

Do your own daily reviews, using included flashcards or make up your own.

Give additional weekly reviews found in the back of the book. 

Once your child can answer each fact in 8 seconds or less, not counting on their fingers, they will have achieved mastery.

Now don’t think this program is all boring worksheets, that is certainly not the case.  This program is definitely geared toward a younger crowd.  The daily activities include things like riddles, puzzles, color by answer, and story problem solvers.  The weekly reviews are game style. 

My thoughts:

I wish there was more variety in the daily activities, they seemed to repeat themselves each week.  Monday’s activities are always color by answer, Wednesday is always a puzzle, and so on.  This can be a good thing, as by week 2 your child will most likely be able to know what to do. 

I really like that the games and flashcards are printed on cardstock as to be more sturdy. I love that this book was thought out to be just grab-and-go teaching. 

I LOVE that this is offline math fact learning.  Often math fact drill games are online.  This is so refreshing to see an offline product.


Did you know that they also have multiplication, too, which some of The Schoolhouse Review Crew reviewed as well.

To see what others thought of this program and the multiplication one check out this post. To see a wide variety of reviews check out our crew blog.


Disclosure: As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew I review products like this, which I receive for free in order to be able to share my honest opinion. 


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