Philosophy - The concept of addition and subtraction isn't hard. It is the memorization of the facts that is hard. The brain has trouble storing information that it can not associate to a picture. Mnemonics create "rhyming links" or "associations" that give the brain an organizational framework on which to hook new information.
Step 1: Teach the basic concept of numbers 0-10
Step 2: Beginning Memory Aids for Math (M-10) sets a framework that can be used in later grades. For example, students turn a 10 into a hen to remember the number 10.
Step 3: Later, in Addition and Subtraction Math Facts (M-8 & M-11), students associate all facts of ten (1&9, 2&8, 3&7, etc.) to hen characters to learn the addition and subtraction facts of ten. Students in Kindergarten have learned all their addition and subtraction facts this way because they love the stories and characters associated with each fact family 3 - 18.
Step 4: Finally, because the Multiplication and Division Math Facts (M-9) use many of the same characters as the addition and subtraction posters, both addition/subtraction and multiplication/division facts can be taught at the same time or introduced earlier than usual.
Although the process is sequential, order only the memory aid products that correspond with the needs of your child or class. After students fully understand the concept of addition and subtraction and you are ready for them to memorize facts, use our memory aid posters and/or flashcards.