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Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps: Teach This Easy Method in Just 5 Minutes [Paperback]

Maureen Stearns

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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Enrichment Books (July 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972690859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972690850
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic way to teach multiplication!! Sept. 17 2012
By Kim - Published on Amazon.com
What a cool little book! Reviewing a childrens book is not the norm for me, especially a teaching book, but "Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps", by author Maureen Otteni opened my eyes to a whole new way of teaching kids about math.

I have 7 children - unfortunately, they are all grown now and and I have no need for this book - BUT, I really do wish I had it when they were young. This study guide, for children around the 2nd grade level, outlines a very simple way to teach children how to multiply and divide - by using "stick" drawings. Math has always caused such a problem in my house - none of us are good at it, and when children are first learning it, it seems so foreign! Never would I have thought about something as simple as what is taught in this book.

The book contains topics on:

Basic math methods
Swapping sticks for steps
Multiplying Multi digit numbers
Dividing large numbers
Finding the Least common multiple
Many more!
If you dread teaching your child basic math steps, or if you have tried and failed, I highly recommend you check out this book. Simple, easy, and straight forward!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+! May 5 2012
By T - Published on Amazon.com
As a Special Education teacher I am often faced with math difficulties, in both the students and parents. I implement a home letter to inform the parents what is going on in the classroom and a bit of review on topics that we will come across in case they (the parent) need help! Trust me, this is important! If you have a little one who is just starting school ask the teacher for a parent letter - especially if the district is using a set math curriculum.

Sticks and Steps is a great book to have in the classroom and to have as a parent! I always implement Math Facts, which allows me as a Special Education teacher to track the students progress with addition/subtraction and multiplication/division. You would be surprised how many student do not understand multiplication when they encounter it in school, even HS students! It is scary at first for a teacher, but for me it is a beginning. It allows me to set my own goal for that student - "By the end of the 9weeks I want this student to be able to multiply up to the 9X9 with 90% proficiency." By the way, that could also be used for Progress Monitoring or for an IEP goal/objective :)

First I need to say this book would be great for a Bell Ringer. A Bell Ringer is the beginning 5 minutes of class to get the 'Brain in Motion' and begin to learn. It would be extremely easy to photocopy onto overheads to use, which I highly recommend. With some Special Education students it may be appropriate to actually copy a page for them to see in front of them and on the overhead - it often does help!

The supplementary curriculum in this book is great! It easily allows one to follow along and try their own multiplication. With sticks and steps it is easy to understand what the Sticks and Steps are. I would have loved it the Sticks and Steps were different colors, not just light grey and black. If you do copy on overheads you can use your colored markers to do this! It is a little longer to do the sticks and step method in division, but once the student/child learns the process and reasoning behind it, they are set. I loved how you can do LCM (Least Common Multiple)! When I taught this last year I wish I had this idea.

Without a doubt I would recommend this to any teacher or parent. The final words of advice from me for teaching multiplication and division are 'Always give encouragement!'
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for teachers and parents April 16 2012
By TheDebtPrincess - Published on Amazon.com
Maureen Stearns, also an educator working with special needs saw kids struggling with math as well. She developed "Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps" to help teach multiplication and division in a way that is pain-free and battle-free for parents, teachers and students.

I happen to have a 3rd grader who has been learning his multiplication facts in the recent months. I thought this was the prefect time to try out a book such as this. It worked supremely well!

He is able to use just a few lines off to the side of his paper to do his multiplication problems and as he learns the facts, he is able to move through the sticks and steps quicker.

The technique uses short vertical and horizontal lines and a counting system to build upon the multiplication facts and aid in mastery of the process. It does not rely on memorization, rather it relies on the ability to touch and count.

A very effective method, easy to teach and learn. I would recommend it for educators of all abilities and for parents who are schooling their children at home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommend this book to any young mathematician and of course their helper!! April 12 2012
By beckvalleybooks - Published on Amazon.com
When I read through the book I found myself wishing I had found this a few years ago when my son was at the stage of learning his multiplication and division. He was so enthusiastic to sit go through his times tables but when he became stuck and just couldn't remember seeing the disappointment in his eyes, especially with the 6x, 7x and 8x tables. The book would have been such a valuable tool for both myself and my son.

The simple, yet clever method not only covers basic multiplication in detail, it also covers what's the missing number, both short and long multiplication and division sums and progresses onto slightly more advanced areas such as square root and the least common multiple. The author has also included some lovely educational quotes throughout the book to inspire.

I found the book very easy to read and understand from the simple instructions and clear diagrams. The numerous diagrams are spread out nicely throughout the different stages of the book and you also benefit from extra examples at each stage to reiterate the problems and solutions. For a parent or teacher it is very quick to read through and digest and be able to share the knowledge with the child. For a child it makes learning, what can be a difficult subject, fun and enjoyable. What I think makes it all work is the fact that they visually and physically see the problem being solved in the steps, which makes it so much easier for them to remember.

I would definitely recommend this book to any young mathematician and of course their helper !!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Easy Method for Teaching All Learning to Multiply & Divide April 5 2012
By Krissy @ B.Inspired Mama - Published on Amazon.com
Whenever I see something that touts "pain-free" and "only 5 minutes," I become a little skeptical. But as an educator myself and mama of 3, I can assure you that this method for learning to multiply and divide is just that: easy enough for a 5 year old and pain-free. I was very impressed with the layout and clarity of the book and it's examples. And the simplicity of the method itself makes me thump my head with a "why didn't I think of that!" response. BRILLIANT!

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