Wednesday, Aug 16th 2017

Longevity Publishing Blog

I was in a deli and saw three sizes of plastic containers on the counter, labeled: 1 pound, 1/2 pound, and 1/4 pound. It was to let you know when you order take-out of potato salad, or cold slaw, or other items, about how much you were getting in that container, and for the purpose of pricing, the weights.  I tried to “Do the Math” and asked the owner. He confirmed that was how the items would be priced. I said, if I fill the largest container with a lightweight item such as cotton balls, there is no way that container would weigh one pound. I was trying to explain to him that I wouldn’t expect to pay for a full “pound” size of say cold slaw which would weigh less than a full “pound” size of potato salad. It seems to me that once the “pound” size container was filled, it should then be weighed, if in fact he is charging “by the pound.”

What I think he was meaning to show is that 16 oz of something would fill a “pound” container that large. But, I don’t know if he realizes that each 16 oz filled container will weigh a different amount based on which food item is in it. The owner really needs to “Do the Math!”

Since I wasn’t buying anything by the pound, I didn’t pursue this, but really, I do not think I would purchase food from him by the pound!

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First of all, to Lisa, thank you for your 5-star review on Two Plus Two Is Not Five. I am glad you like the workbook. In reply to her question, and to anyone else who wonders about measuring success using timed math fact tests, I’d ask first, how many problems are on a page for a two-minute test, and how many should students typically get correct in that 2 minute time period?

I am not in favor of timed math facts tests unless the children have already mastered the facts, otherwise it can be frustrating, and they wind up taking the time to count answers. Other students write slower than others. See my comments on timed tests on this website.

If, you use one of the cumulative pages from my book, Cumulative Practice 2+2 then that would be a good way to measure progress. There are usually 56 problems on one of those pages, so now sure how many are on the pages you have used in the past for timed math fact tests. Also, tell your students to only answer the ones that they know and to skip over the ones they don’t know. If you are using my book, then most likely there will be very few that they think they don’t know.

Another way to check students is to use flash cards. The instructions in the workbook talk about assigning math cards for the newly taught math facts.

If you have more questions, please do contact me by email from this website.


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Both Two Plus Two Is Not Five and Five Times Five Is Not Ten for only $26!

Do you need good workbooks to help children learn addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts? Get this low pricing for brand new copies of Two Plus Two Is Not Five and Five Times Five Is Not Ten.  Be sure to choose the scuffed* option.  Scuffed* workbooks may have bent corners, or look handled from shipping, but are otherwise perfect on the inside.

Do the Math and you will see that buying scuffed* copies of these two books is nearly the same price as purchasing Two Plus Two Is Not Five. These workbooks are reproducible. Make as many copies as you need for your class or home.

Purchase copies of both books with a slightly scuffed* or damaged book cover, and pay only $26.00 for both!

Perfect copies of Two Plus Two Is Not Five are priced at $24.95. By choosing the scuffed* copies, for $1.05 more +shipping, you will receive both Two Plus Two Is Not Five AND Five Times Five Is Not Ten. This is a huge bargain! Some customers and teachers have been purchasing one per student rather than bothering to make copies.

Five Times Five Is Not Ten: Make Multiplication Easy

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New testimonial! I needed a program that focused on retention and reinforcement, because my son was still counting on his fingers in 2nd grade. We started with the 1st book, and are now in the 3rd book, which is multiplication. My son said, “Mom, this is so easy!” He can do a page so fast, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how these books are written. They focus on making math fun and easy, and my child knows his math facts from memory…no more counting on fingers. I am forever grateful that these books are written by another teacher who knew first-hand how kids learn math! Donna, Lafayette, LA

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Come visit Booth 419 at the Christian Home Educators
of Colorado Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference

Denver Merchandise Mart
451 E 58th Ave
Denver, CO
June 15-17, 2017

Purchase books or ask for tips on how to teach math facts. These unique math workbooks were written by an experienced special education teacher to help all children memorize and master math facts.

I will be there to show you strategies from my books; how Addition and Subtraction: Beyond Math Facts can be used with Two Plus Two Is Not Five; and how my newest book, Ten Divided by Five Is Not Five: Using Multiplication to Make Division Easy, can be used with Five Times Five Is Not Ten.

Learn an easy way to help children learn math facts so they really remember those answers.
When you purchase a book, ask to have it signed for your children!

The books are reproducible, so you only need one copy for  your homeschool.
Here is what some other homeschool families said:

3/30/17 – I needed a program that focused on retention and reinforcement, because my son was still counting on his fingers in 2nd grade. We started with the 1st book, and are now in the 3rd book, which is multiplication. My son said, “Mom, this is so easy!” He can do a page so fast, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how these books are written. They focus on making math fun and easy, and my child knows his math facts from memory…no more counting on fingers. I am forever grateful that these books are written by another teacher who knew first-hand how kids learn math! Donna, Lafayette, LA
1/30/17 – As a homeschool mom of four, I am always looking for the best way to teach my kids who all have different learning styles. I came across these math drill workbooks a couple of years ago when my oldest was struggling to memorize addition math facts. Since then, we have worked through addition, multiplication, and are now on the division workbook! The tricks are easy for them to remember and the daily drill practice is just perfect! Grateful we found them when we did! Sharae, A happy homeschool mom
7/16/15 – We got your program Tuesday and started right away. My daughter loves it. I think she has a whole new outlook on math. She will not dread having to do it next year and will not call herself stupid anymore. You are a miracle worker. I’m sure we will need the division book soon. As soon as, we finish addition, we are moving to multiplication. Thank you so much. One very happy mom! Stella Rodriguez
6/20/15 – We purchased 2+2 Is Not Five and have found it to be incredibly valuable to us. It gave us helpful tools to teach our children how to calculate math problems in their heads. Justin and Carla Neal (CHEC)

6/19/15 – After having used one of the more popular math courses, I needed a bridge to allow my child to master his math facts. 2+2 Is Not Five was the bridge I needed. Thank you so much! Anna, Homeschool mom of four boys. (CHEC)
11/25/14 – Five Times Five Is Not Ten is fun because it’s easy. I don’t usually need help, and it shows me how to do times tables easily. You can learn a lot about times tables in this book. Kailey E. Learley, 10 years old
6/15/13 – Testimonial received for Two Plus Two Is Not Five when I was at the CHEC Homeschool conference: 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! Morgan 5 Homeschool

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This is just one time of the year when it seems like math facts workbooks sales tend to be higher. There is a need for workbooks with strategies and good quality practice.

Children now are beginning the second half of the school year, and materials are needed for those who are having trouble learning addition and subtraction facts; those who are beginning to learn multiplication facts; and for those who cannot pass the timed math fact tests. If traditional “flash” cards to teach addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts just aren’t working for your students; math curriculums are not giving enough practice for the children to really master those math facts; and if other commercial math facts workbooks are not working, check out the different workbooks offered by Longevity Publishing.

All of our workbooks have perforated pages for easy tear-out so that you can assign practice, AND for MAKING COPIES! Our workbooks give permission for a teacher or homeschool to make copies for their class.

View and try out the sample pages. Request free tips to teach math facts. The program the books were written for was designed to help children learn and memorize math facts so that they would not have to rely on counters or fingers to get answers. Each workbook includes record-keeping pages, answers, and instructions on how to use the book. Three of the books have Certificates of Mastery. 

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At the end of last year, my distributor to large book stores, including Barnes & Noble bookstores, went out of business. That meant customers who shopped at these bookstores would have to find another place to purchase these math facts workbooks.

Barnes & Noble ordered recently placed an order for these math facts workbooks. Two Plus Two Is Not Five, Five Times Five Is Not Ten, Ten Divided by Five Is Not Five, and Addition and Subtraction: Beyond Math Facts are available again for purchase through, or by stopping in  one of the stores and requesting the books. If a cashier tells you that they are unable to order, be sure to check with the Information Desk, because the store CAN order each of these books.

Each workbook was carefully written by an educator to make sure children have enough practice. The pages are cleanly designed and the books do not indicate a grade level. Therefore, young children learning addition and subtraction for the first time, or older students who need extra instruction, will feel comfortable using the worksheets. Children love the strategies which help them memorize and master math facts. See sample pages on this website, and print them to try out!

All the pages are perforated for easy tear-out, and for making copies for your homeschool or classroom.

If you need a workbook to help your children learn and memorize addition, subtraction, multiplication or division facts, ask for these books at your favorite book or educational store. They are also available through this website and at other online stores!

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On Friday, October 14, I made an author visit to Sullivan’s Toy Store near the American University campus to talk about Longevity Publishing’s math facts workbooks.

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Questions for me? Fill out the contact form at this website or call: 720. 489. 7243.

It is important to remember that before asking students to memorize math facts, to make sure they can show understanding of what the math fact means.
Example: 13-5=8 using my “Curvy Numbers” strategy*.)
Children ought to be able to show 13 objects and take away five to show that eight remain. (Or draw 13 lines, and cross out 5 to show 8 are left.)
Ask them to tell or solve a word math problem such as: There are 13 cupcakes on the plate. Five are pink, how many are not pink?

* To learn how the “Curvy Numbers” strategy works, search the Blog for past posts.

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It’s about that time of the school year when teachers and parents have been meeting or are getting ready to have conferences, and report cards come home. If your child is in elementary school, you may hear, “Please make sure your child memorizes the math facts.” Depending on the grade, that could mean addition and subtraction facts or multiplication facts, or even both.

So what do you do if you want to make sure your child learns to memorize math facts, or if your child has been struggling with memorizing math facts since even last school year, and just cannot seem to retain the answers? Does your child know the answers one day, but not the next week?

Have you used flash cards? Drill books? Timed tests?

Would you like to try a more structured and proven-to-work program?

First, use flash cards to see which facts are already memorized. Separate the math facts that he or she knows from the ones that cannot be answered correctly and quickly. Do not allow time for counting the answers. (5+5 is 10 is a known answer verses 5+5 is 1,2,3,4,5 …. 6,7,8,9,10.) Tell your child you want to know which answers he or she knows. However, if you child uses a strategy, for example and answers 3+3 is 6, so 7 for 3+4, that is fine.
Keep a record of the known or memorized answers. (Or, use the Baseline Recorder from one of my workbooks.)

Then give your child a 3 by 5 card for each of those known facts and keep them in a pack. The addition and subtraction cards should be together in one pack. If you are working with multiplication facts, those go in a separate pack.

On the next day, check these known facts. Your child ought to still know them, if not, take them out of the pack. Then, teach one set of new facts. (If you are using one of my workbooks, by using the Record-Keeping Checklist, you will see which facts to teach next, and you will have the practice pages to assign. Each of the facts has a strategy or trick to help your child learn to remember the answer.)

For more information, you can request my free tips to teach math facts, or purchase the books, which have the how-to sections on teaching math facts.

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Two plus two is not five, and that is why children need to master math facts. I designed a program to help all students who are learning math facts be able to memorize answers. The many strategies and workbook practice pages were carefully designed to allow for success and make a difference for children. Just don’t take my word for it, please read the Testimonials sent to me from many parents, teachers, even grandparents.

These quality reproducible workbooks are available throughout the U.S. in many educational supply stores and bookstores. You can find them online as well. If you prefer to purchase from Longevity Publishing directly, you can purchase on this website or by using the mail-in order form.

Savings on purchases of more than one book are available. For an even better bargain, see the “tattered” or scuffed copy pricing. (These are NEW workbooks with a slightly damaged cover.)   Customers who mail in payment with their order will see more savings. See the Mail Order Form link on the top right side. If you need only one book, I discounted the price. If you want more than one book, check out the pricing. (Pricing on the order form may vary from pricing on this website. Prices for shipping are for U.S. addresses only.)

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My five children have used the multiplication and division books to learn and master their math facts. They really work! Friends (in homeschool groups) and family all tell me that my kids know their facts.
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