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Math Facts: A Workbook for Adults Review
Materials Review: How to Remember Multiplication And Division
Facts

How
To Remember Multiplication and Division Facts A
Workbook For Adults by Emma E. Gunterman, New
Wind Publishing

Who would use this book: How to Remember
Multiplication and Division Facts is written for a tutor
and student to use together to understand and remember the
multiplication and division facts. The approach is very straightforward
and thorough, and covers the multiplication and division facts
as well as the kinds of questions asked on the GED (High School
Equivalency) test. Ms. Gunterman calls upon a lifetime of
experience teaching and tutoring in developing this book.
As an alternative to prescribing intensive practice with
retrieving the answers to math facts, a method that has failed
to produce much but anxiety and unreliable results for so
many people, she incorporates what she calls the "block
method" into the learning process. If the answer doesn't
come to mind to a multiplication problem, the student uses
a grid and counts out the answer. This goes a long way to
shortcircuit the anxiety loop that trying to retrieve answers
"from thin air" can create, and reinforces understanding
what is actually happening when two numbers are multiplied.
As the introduction states:
There are many different ways of learning. The basic method
of counting out the answers of multiplication facts is an
old, tried and true method. Exactly how we teach it, think
about it, learn it, and do it will differ from person to
person. This Workbook, based on ten years of experience,
gives enough guidance so that you can master basic multiplicatoin
and division skills for your job, for a GED, for everyday
needs.
There are many other helpful tips and tricks throughout the
book, though counting the blocks is the main bridge from concrete
examples to numbers. Some students  but primarily students
younger than those this book targets  would need more visual
examples and different ways to practice with manipulatives.
The book goes beyond just teaching the facts, and includes
multiplying and dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers and toooftenforgotten
skills such as dealing with zeroes in multiplication and division
problems. Extra practice is provided for the kinds of problems
that so often trap the new learner.
The available resources for teaching adult numeracy skills
are few and far between  fortunately, this one is well done
and worth including in your library.
