Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps: Teach This Easy Method in Just 5 Minutes Paperback – Oct 6 2010
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About the Author
Stearns earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg in 1992. Then, in the late '90s, she decided to work toward a Masters Degree in Community Psychology at Springfield College in Tampa.
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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!'
I've never had a problem doing math, but I thought my 4 year old could start working on it...maybe even learn to multiply earlier than I thought she would. After all, the book says that if you can count, you can multiply. She does great with counting and has even started to get the hang of addition and subtraction, though she does still have trouble here and there. (We only do single digits so far.)
I let her and my 3 year old look through the first couple of pages with me, and they loved it! The pictures really do a great job of showing you what is going on in every step!
So, we've had the book for about 2 weeks now. My 4 year old and my 3 year old are both multiplying! Even bigger numbers! They love it! My 4 year old is even doing ok with division! I'm amazed! I can't believe it! 2 weeks ago, my 4 year old was having a little trouble with addition and subtraction, and now she's multiplying with no problem and working on division! My 3 year old is multiplying! WOW!
I still can't believe it! Everyday when we do a page or 2 more, she is understanding it and retaining the information that she previously learned! I am in awe!
This book is awesome and I most definitely recommend it to anyone for their kids...even adults that have problems understanding math.
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 !!
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.
Teach this easy method in just 5 minutes
Has your child ever cried to you about not knowing multiplication? Well here comes the most pain free way for teachers, parents, and students to learn the art of multiplication and Division. As a homeschool teacher I can honestly say this is the best book out there to show everyone exactly what they need to know and in the simplist form. Every child can learn multiplication in 5 minutes. It is quick and fun for kids of all ages. I have found that this book is a booster for students who are having trouble with math.
This book is a must have for all teachers and students alike.I strongly recommend this book to everyone who has or will have children, as it is a great addition to everyones library. Maureen Stearns is a great writer.