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.*