Book Review | Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps

Teach this method in just five minutes!”

I home educate my three little ones with my eldest entering the first grade this fall. I will admit that I am terrified of when the time arrives to that I will be teaching them the foundation of multiplication and division.

Thankfully, there are books available to assist parents and teachers and I recently discovered an excellent resource- Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps® by Maureen Stearns, B.A., M.S. According to the author, “Knowing their multiplication facts is vital in order to on to higher-level math concepts such as long division. If they don’t get a grasp on multiplication, the struggle begins. Students then despise math and avoid it at homework time.” I completely agree with this statement and hope to avoid these frustrations with my own children.

Multiply and Divide with Sticks and Steps® is a method designed to make learning to multiply a pain free process by helping the student learn to multiply and divide conceptually since “multiplication is just a layer upon layer of the same number added together.” I find this method to be a much easier way to learn to multiply than the standard of rote memorization particularly for children who are visually oriented.

I appreciate that the book is easy to read and understand including both basic and advanced concepts depending on the level of the student. Seeing these concepts come to life myself, I find myself feeling much more confident that I will be able to teach my children. The step- by- step instructions and sample problems progressively get more difficult throughout the book. I would highly recommend this to any home educating parent, math teacher or special education math teacher. Once a struggling child can visual this method in a concrete way it just may open the door to a more confident student.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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