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
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!