Curriculum Review: Addition Facts that Stick

Quick take: This easy to implement open-and-go program might be right for you if your child needs extra practice with math facts as a supplement to your homeschool math curriculum.

Cover of Addition Facts that Stick by Kate Snow shows a white child using math manipulatives
Homeschool Math Curriculum: Addition Facts that Stick by Kate Snow

Addition Facts that Stick is a 6-week program that teaches mental math strategies for groups of addition facts, for example the strategy of “counting-on” is taught for adding +1 or +2.  All the strategies are also presented on the the author’s website.

This is an open-and-go homeschool math program that is very easy to implement. You only need a few simple math manipulatives that you may already have around your house – white board, playing cards, 6-sided dice, counters.

Each week follows a simple pattern for teaching and practice:

  • Day 1: teach the mental math strategy and learn how to play the new game.
  • Days 2 – 5: play game and complete practice problems

This schedule would be easy to modify to shorten the practice days if your child had mastered the group of facts, or extend them if more practice was needed.

The “games” provide hands on strategies for practicing math facts, but aren’t what children might think of as games if they are used to playing board games  My son did not enjoy them, although he does enjoy similar hands on math practice “games” in the Singapore Dimensions Math curriculum. 

The daily practice problems are provided as consumable worksheets in the book. With my young learner who was just beginning handwriting, we did many of the practice sets orally. We also got outside to write practice problems on the driveway or jump to the number on a chalked number line.

Child practicing addition facts on a driveway with chalk using Addition Facts that Stick homeschool math curriculum
Practicing addition facts on the driveway

Overall, we didn’t have much success with this program, in terms of mastering addition facts to automaticity. Perhaps because I tried to use it to teach math facts rather than as a review/supplement program.

Addition Facts that Stick could be a great program for an older learner who needs additional practice with math facts or to supplement a procedural math curriculum that doesn’t conceptual strategies or concrete hands-on practice.

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