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Addition the Fun Way!: A Picture Method of Learning the Addition Facts Hardcover – January 1, 1996

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My students just LOVE the stories and are proud that they can finally recall math facts that have stymied them for so long. --Hannah Belser, Mechanicsburg, PA

My son has dyslexia and this is the ONLY thing that has worked for him. God bless you! --Rose Simmons,St. Clair Shores, MI

About the Author

Judy Liautaud is the author of several children's educational books including Times Tables the Fun Way. She owns and operates City Creek Press which started in 1992 after teaching students at the Learning Center and realizing many learned the math facts in a way that is more effective when pictures and stories were used to teach them.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 92 pages
  • Publisher: City Creek Press; Hardcover edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883841348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883841348
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kelly M. Slusarick on June 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't have done a better job myself - though I'll admit the same idea has come to me several times! I believe the key to this is to teach and then reinforce each math fact over and over on an individual basis until mastery is secured - this can be measured by using the companion student work book and the flash cards - BEFORE moving on to the next math fact. Each story is different for each math fact and if you did try to teach them all at the same time - or even a few at the same time - I can see how it would be confusing - but it would be comparable to teaching all of the conjugations of all verbs in a foreign language at ONE TIME - almost impossible! My daughter - who has struggled with everything else in terms of learning her basic math facts - LOVES this ! And we have tried - rote memorization, songs, games, puzzles, Yhatzee, dominos....worksheets after worksheets, cuisienaire rods, blocks, etc...you name it! She thinks these little stories are so funny - and she remembers the facts- AMAZING! I wish I'd heard of this a year ago!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Callily on March 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect book for a child who learns everything "outside of the box". The average learner may find this book silly and may even think it doesn't make sense at all. But the theory behind this book is like gold for a child like mine (who is very hands-on, or needs some connection to learn something). This book uses characters and stories that may seem really ridiculous to the "average" person (I read some and found myself saying WHAT???!!!???). But, my son (who is 8) was/is struggling with the basic math facts for years now, and I was out of my head trying to figure a way to have him remember. This book was recommended by the special ed teacher at his elementary school, and its only been a couple of weeks, and I can already see a difference in his confidence and speed. Worth every penny I paid, then some!!!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on November 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We purchased this for my son when he was almost 5 years old and entering kindergarten. He was so excited by the stories, he would jump up and down and shout for another to be read to him. He does *not* learn by rote memorization. He needs the fact to have meaning in order for it to click. But even seeing it work in real life (5 bears + 3 bears on the table= 8 bears or Cuisinaire Rods, etc), he can't remember it. These stories have always been what lets him make sense of the various number problems and recall them quickly. 8+6=14 : he remembers 6 felt sick at the 8 gate, bringing the bucket of snails 'for the king' (14).

Each number has its own characteristic and is consistent. 3 is a bee, 6 always gets sick, 5 always drives, etc. For the reviews I have seen here and on other sites that say there is too much going on in the story and kids remember little details rather than the main point: the book reads as a very short story per fact, then it makes a summary statement. The summary is what you are to drill by repetition to them (tell them the bare bones events of the story) and they *do* get it. I think people who say it doesn't work because there is too much to remember, read the story once or twice with it's details, but don't spend the time on the basic math memory statement and expect it to immediately sink in? "Remember: When it's 4+6, 6 smashes into the 4 door and goes to go see the 10 Fix-It Men." When my son forgets, I'll prompt him with "5 who drives and sick 6..." and he immediately recalls "the 11 popsicle!" (6 was sick with a fever and 5 who drives took him to get an 11 popsicle to cool off and feel better.) If you drill the summary statement, I don't see how they can remember anything but the basic points that work to make them remember.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. on May 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My son, age 7 was just not learning his addition facts. He was counting on his fingers all of the time. He just could not seem to memorize even one fact.

We bought this book, flashcards, and CD. We read the book together. He listened to the CD the next day and WOW - he KNEW the math facts!! I mean he REALLY did know them - all of them. He could do them fast, NO counting, and almost never got one wrong!!! An entire year of frustration in trying to get him to memorize and in about 40 minutes, He KNEW the facts!!! Amazing!! I have recommended this product to every teacher I know - and every parent!! My son is an out of the box sort of thinker and this was miracle curriculum for him. Every school should offer this - not everyone learns the same way.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My son dropped from a C to a E(F) in math in 1st grade. Over the summer he was diagnosed with dyseidetic dyslexia. Essentailly, his camera is broken. He cannot remember things he just saw or read. His teacher pushed the flash card thing and didn't think I was telling the truth when I explained he could not do them. In therapy, he started the Addition the Fun Way program. He is now halfway though 2nd grade with a strong B average in Math. He admits that when he does bad on a test it is because he rushes though and doesn't use the stories.

I feel that those who think it is too much for the children to learn do not give enough credit to the children! I am actually going to purchase the program so I am better able to help him at home since I don't know all the stories and will get the multiplcation too. These are bound to help my 4th grader and kindergartener too!
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