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We will continue to offer free shipping for each of our math workbooks through the end of 2013. Even though these books are probably not on your list of gifts to buy this holiday season, they are a gift of math!
Students of all ages who are learning to memorize addition, subtraction, or multiplication facts will find it easy to remember answers when they use the strategies in Two Plus Two Is Not Five and Five Times Five Is Not Ten. The books have carefully designed pages for written practice. Students will be successful, feel good about learning, and best of all, use their knowledge to be able to work on more advanced mathwork!
These books are purchased by classroom and resource room teachers, homeschool families, parents who want to give their children help in math, tutors, and even grandparents! Read below to see what some of them wrote me about the books, then to see all the testimonials, please go to Testimonials.
“I’ve purchased all of your books and had much success with using them with my child. I’ve recommended them to other parents. Thank you so much for a great product.”
“We are a homeschooling family and enjoy working a page a day along with our other math curriculum to keep the facts fresh in our children’s minds. The tricks they have learned have stuck with them and Mom has even learned a few!”
“I absolutely love both your workbooks! I’ve taught 2nd and 3rd grade and have used both. I love how you taught addition and subtraction at the same time so students can see the connection. I also love the way you introduce the multiplication with “tricks. Thank you!”
“Thank you so very much for writing the book Two Plus Two Is Not Five! I am a retired second grade teacher, and I am using it with my second grade granddaughter and my third grade grandson. They are enjoying it so much, learning their math facts easily, and are pleased that school time tests are getting easier for them.”
“As an instructor to undergraduate and graduate students in the field of teacher preparation for students with learning disabilities, I recommend Two Plus Two is Not Five as the resource for teaching addition and subtraction facts to students with and without disabilities. Susan Greenwald puts an instructionally sound and effective “twist” on the mundane task of rote learning math facts that will keep students engaged while becoming proficient.“
For the last year, many educational supply stores, particularly on the east coast of the U.S., have told me that unless my math workbooks have a Common Core State Standards label on the front cover, teachers would not be allowed to purchase the books for their classrooms.
Well, to begin with, I thought to myself, if in fact administrators really said that to their teachers, then this CCSS issue is not good. The CCSS are supposed to be guidelines, not curriculum. Many, many educational products are already excellent teaching resources, and do cover CCSS without having to say so, and for schools to discard good educational materials because they lack a sticker on the front cover, well, that is a good reason to not support paying higher taxes to benefit schools.
Because my workbooks DO support many CCSS in math, I did not have to make any interior changes to the books, and so far I added changes to one book’s cover and inside cover so that those teachers who needed this would have it. However, today, after I contacted a store owner who wouldn’t buy my books without the CCSS label, saying now Two Plus Two Is Not Five does have that CCSS statement, she wrote back saying that now their state doesn’t want CCSS! REALLY???
Do these educators making decisions have any idea how much effort and dollars the various educational publishers put into designing products for CCSS demands? Now, they changed their minds?
Lesson learned: Continue to create quality products based on what is I know to be educationally best for children, and practical for teachers and parents to use. Do not be swayed by NTLB or CCSS or other hot issues of the times.
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There is always a bit of stress awaiting the arrival of a printing of the books. In the past, the wrong books were sent, damaged books were sent, the cover color was off… However, having learned from those past experiences, I now ask for an advance copy before the truck leaves Michigan, and I give a reminder to the printer to not make the same mistakes as in the past.
Thankfully, all is well with this shipment. The books look good!
This printing says, “Supports Common Core State Standards” and on the inside of the front cover, there is a list of the standards that this book supports. Particularly, “By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.”
That is basically what Two Plus Two Is Not Five covers on each of the workbook pages! The books also have some pages supporting Grade 1 standards too.
1.OA.3 Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract. Examples: If 8 + 3 = 11 is known, then 3 + 8 = 11 is also known. (Commutative property of addition.)
1.OA.4 Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 – 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8.
1.OA.5 Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).
1.OA.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
If you need a copy with a list of the common core state standards printed inside the book, please request this when ordering!