Any Of These Symptoms?

Have you used pages and pages of paper printing off "free math worksheets" from the internet -- all with the hopes that one more worksheet, one more timed drill, or one more math game will finally do the trick?

Brenda Bailey

As a teacher for over 25 years I have seen these problems and more.

My third-graders were struggling! And mastery of basic facts was a required objective!

I started out trying to teach basic facts the way the math text suggested:

- Multiplication 1 - 5
- Division 1 - 5
- Multiplication 6 - 10
- Division 6 - 10

Some of my students couldn't get those facts internalized, and many of them thought of division as a separate skill from multiplication , and a more difficult one.

I knew it was necessary to get those basic facts mastered!

**Without having immediate recall of basic facts to build**
**upon****, it's really hard to handle fractions, word problems, and prime and composite numbers.**

**Much less algebra!!**

Through trial and error, and over a period of time, I refined a system for teaching basic facts that works by:

- Changing the order in which the tables were taught
- Teaching multiplication and division together
- Providing unique flash cards for practice
- Determining mastery with timed tests

Not only did this method work for my third-graders, but I used it later for students with special needs and for older learners.

But It Wasn't ONLY Third-Graders...

In a different locality I taught fifth-graders, many that were struggling.

No problem. I know how to handle this!

I pulled out my old third-grade materials and set aside just 10 minutes at the beginning of each math class to teach basic facts.

The students enjoyed learning them this way. It didn't take long to get those basic facts in their math tool kits, and we could focus on the really good math stuff.

Thereafter, basic facts became part of my fifth-grade curriculum, beginning on the very first day of school.

This method of teaching basic facts was so successful that I didnâ€™t want it to retire when I did, so I put it together in a kit for parents and teachers like you.

In addition to the teaching materials, I provide instructional videos that emphasize strategies just the way I taught in the classroom.

- Changing the order in which the tables were taught
- Teaching multiplication and division together
- Providing unique flash cards for practice
- Determining mastery with timed tests

A Simple 3-Step Method Makes Learning Easy, Engaging and Fun

A DVD player or DVD drive is required to view the videos

Each kit contains instructional videos where I'll teach the kids just the way I would in the classroom. Your child will internalize the concepts because the videos provide sound instructional strategies for learning them.

Plus you'll have your own personal on-demand teaching assistant...me.

After instruction, students will practice with unique flashcards.

Unique because the students find the answer to the multiplication problem in the related division example on the other side, and vice versa. This practice helps the child to recall the answer without any mental calculation or counting up.

When students are confident they know the facts, they'll take a timed test. There's one for each multiplication and division table and review tests to follow each new learning segment.

Their progress and speed on the timed tests keeps them motivated.

Fast learners as well as challenged learners enjoy this approach.

Don't spend time learning multiplication and later learning division as if itâ€™s something new.

Changing the fact-learning sequence makes it easier for everyone to succeed.

Learners are not in competition with anyone else, and they can see their progress every step of the way.

The learning process seems more like an adventure than like a math lesson.

Focused practice and assessment get facts into long-term memory.

I had tried to learn my facts for 3 years, this year was the easiest because I had Quick Facts.

*Quick Facts* are a fun and easy way to learn times tables, and they help you with other math.

with multiplication and division together makes them easier.

See what another parent had to say.

To keep learning interesting, we integrated a beekeeping theme.

In addition to teaching, beekeeping is another one of my favorite things.

This stuff is easy!

Can I increase my speed and accuracy today?

Look at my chart! I only have one more fact left to learn!

I wonder if there's something new about bees in the next lesson.

Wow! I didn't know that every honeybee I see is a girl. Girls do all the work!

Who knew so much of my food depends on honeybees?

and more like an adventure.

- 1 DVD containing 27 videos
- 1 binder with 47 individual timed tests and their corresponding answer keys
- 1 set of unique multiplication and division combo flash cards
- 1 student folder for taking tests and for tracking progress
- 1 wet erase pen
- 1 yellow highlighter

In retirement an idea kept nagging at me. "You know how to teach basic facts. Why not put together your techniques in a simple 3-step kit and make it available to teachers, parents and students?"

I did. It's done. It's right here, just for you.

- Brenda Bailey

Take advantage of this quick, easy, fun way to learn NOW!

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