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Addition Facts That Stick

5.00 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
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Six weeks to addition facts mastery, in just fifteen minutes a day! Clever strategies and fun games make this book engaging for the student, and clear, easy-to-use lesson plans make it quick and easy for the teacher. Facts mastery helps stop math frustration in its tracks.

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Six weeks to addition facts mastery, in just fifteen minutes a day! Clever strategies and fun games make this book engaging for the student, and clear, easy-to-use lesson plans make it quick and easy for the teacher. Facts mastery helps stop math frustration in its tracks.

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Addition Facts That Stick is a simple, effective, skill-building program that can be used to supplement any math curriculum.

Instead of making piles of flash cards and drilling them over and over, you’ll use hands-on games and activities (and a few worksheets) to help your child become completely fluent with all of the sums from 1 + 1 = 2 up to 9 + 9 = 18. With smart strategies, fun games, and a few quick worksheets, your child will master all the addition facts—in just six weeks!

Mastery of math facts is the foundation for all future math learning. Lay that foundation now, and make it solid, with Addition Facts that Stick. Also check out the rest of the Facts Mastery series!

131 pages (54 instructor pages and 77 student pages)


    • Six weeks of clear, easy to use, lesson plans with diagrams and illustrations
    • 9 Game Board Pages (single-sided)
    • 24 Practice Pages (single-sided)
    • Answer Key

How does this program work?

Your child will focus on one section of the addition table each week, and you’ll spend about fifteen minutes per day working on the facts together. On the first day of the week, you will show your child a strategy for solving the focus facts and play a fun game that practices those facts. For the rest of the week, you will play the new game together each day. Your child will also complete a short practice page each day to cement the focus facts and review all the other facts learned so far.

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  • Choose either: a downloadable PDF or a bound Paperback.
  • Your purchased, downloadable files are always accessible for redownload, whenever you need them, in your Well-Trained Mind account.

About the Author

Kate Snow is a math educator on a mission to help parents raise kids who are capable and confident at math. A homeschooling mother of two, she holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard, and an M.S. in Elementary Education from Walden University. She writes at

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  1. 5 out of 5 Best Method ever that produces results

    I know this book is recommended for children who are 6- 6 1/2 years old and up. Mine is 5 1/2 and we were doing K and no matter which strategies I used, he couldn’t understand a simple 1+2 or 3+2 addition (10 frame in 2 rows didn’t work for us). When I read about this strategy I figured I’d give it a try and take it very slow and stop the curriculum once he’d hit a roadblock.

    Well…my son is not even 6 and he knows his 81 addition facts!!! He loved every games and had a lot of fun learning these facts. I loved the simple strategy behind it and this 10 frame in 1 row makes everything so much easier. We took about 2 1/2 weeks per chapter. People are amazed that a kindergarten knows 9+6 and 8+7, etc….

    Best purchase ever for any child to understand and retain addition facts. I am aware that my case is not the norm but if you hesitate because your child is younger, starting with the +1/+2 facts from week 1 is a great start to give him a solid strategy and make math fun.

  2. Question

    How many pages is the PDF version?

    • One person found this helpful

      The PDF has 132 pages, but several are blank because they are the back-side of student practice pages. So only about 105-110 pages would actually need to be printed.

  3. 2 out of 3 people found this helpful

    5 out of 5 Finally, something that REALLY sticks!

    Our son began learning his addition facts around the age of six (he is now almost 8). The program/method initially used exposed the flash card visually and verbally. He went through this three times total, all addition facts THREE times. While he seemed to be “getting” the addition facts during that time, he quickly forgot them once he completed them. This was very discouraging to myself, and even more so to him. He simply could not pull the answers from his memory when asked some of the addition fact answers. (He remembered some of them, but not all of them). I found Addition Facts that Stick on the welltrainedmind website and decided to give it a try. For around $15, what could I lose? This simple yet thorough method is worth every penny! And boy did it help him tremendously. He is now able to visualize the addition fact in stead of trying to pull a random number from his mind that makes no sense as it seemed with the prior program. Our son is currently going through Subtraction Facts that Stick, and things are going well really! I hesitated to write a review until I could truly see that he was actually recalling the facts. Even if he occasionally gets stuck on a fact, he immediately visualizes it and gets the right answer on his own – something that is impossible with rote memorization. If your child needs additional help OR if this is the first time your child is starting his/her math facts, order this NOW! Hands down, this is the best way to teach and truly understand math facts!

  4. Question

    My son just completed Preschool Math at Home by Kate Snow. He was completely engaged in the activities and program. Loved the book! Is Addition Facts that Stick the next book in the series? He’s four and I can’t tell if this is for much older kids? If so, is there anything you recommend between the two?

    • We’re so glad that your son enjoyed “Preschool Math at Home.” Kate Snow is right now writing “Kindergarten Math at Home.” The Addition Facts book, like the other Math Facts books, is probably too advanced for a four year old. It is recommended for ages 7-9, for children who’ve already learned the concept of addition, and now need to cement this skill in their minds.You might take a look at “Right Start Mathematics” or at “Math-U-See” (specifically the “Alpha” level).

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  5. 5 out of 5 Really fun and really works!

    My goal in homeschooling is to keep things fun for as long as I can. We all learn better when it is enjoyable! And for me at least, flashcards are not enjoyable. This method is perfect for nurturing that love for learning! We took a break from our normal math curriculum to master addition facts and my almost 6 year old is loving it. We include my 4 year old as well (when she is interested) and even she is catching on to some of the easier math facts! Highly recommend. It really does work! It is very clearly laid out and the games use household items. Such a great resource! I am glad I bought the PDF version so I don’t have to make copies. I can just print from home.

  6. 5 out of 5 Enjoyable for both teacher and student

    My son actually likes Math now and I actually no longer dread teaching it. We both enjoy it so much! The games are simple yet very engaging for my student and he isn’t loaded with pages upon pages of worksheets. This Math series has been a blessing to our family!

  7. Question

    Can you do the addition and subtraction together? Or do you recommend just one at a time?

    • The author recommends doing them sequentially (addition first, then subtraction), since subtraction is a lot easier once students know the related addition facts.

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  8. Question

    Can this be done with our current math program or would we need to pause it while learning the facts?

    • It can definitely be done as a supplement to your current math program. You don’t need to pause what you’re doing.

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  9. 5 out of 5 Thankful Mom - AMAZING approach

    My son (soon to be 6) struggled in kindergarten and first grade with the timed 1-2 minute facts to master the plus/minus through 12’s. He did not struggle with other areas of math; however, the facts were exceptionally challenging when timed. Finally, over the winter break of first grade I set out to find a solution. We had been doing apps, e-flash cards, regular flash cards, daily worksheets, – but there was very little improvement and it was clear the “concepts” weren’t being learned (pencil down, counting fingers, rubbing face, and eventually tears). His school approached the math facts as something that is “just memorization” and has to be drilled in 20 minutes a night at home. There was no “teaching” of the concepts at the fact level. As I watched the authors power point I felt hopeful for the first time. I purchased addition and subtraction and we started at the beginning (it was super quick because he understood the early concepts easy at this point) . . . but then in less than 8 weeks my son wasn’t in tears (and I wasn’t sighing at him) and he was genuinely HAPPY and PROUD when he “got it” on the +9’s. We’re now playing several of the “games” a week, doing flash cards (without struggles), and some worksheets. It’s amazing. Really. I am looking forward to continuing his adding review and working through subtraction with him this summer so he’s ready for second grade. I shared the program with his school leadership; however, they are a very traditional private school and it was not met with a lot of support – I’m just thankful I found this on my own. I WISH I had this resource in Kindergarten – his experience would have been so different. I shared the success with a friend and after she purchased it she said her daughter had a VERY different outlook on the math also. They are VERY different kiddos and we both got fantastic results.

  10. Question

    Is this ok to use for a student who already completed 2nd grade? At first glance it seems easy for her but I’d like to use the whole series so maybe starting from the beginning would be better?

    • You don’t have go through the whole series. Any student who needs more practice with the addition facts can use this book. But if she’s comfortable and skilled at the addition facts, there’s not a strong need for extra practice.

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  11. Question

    My daughter’s curriculum uses 10 frames that are split into 2 rows. I want to keep it the same so it doesn’t confuse her. Do you think that will work fine?

    • A split ten-frame is a useful tool that does help children visualize numbers and develop number sense in the context of ten. There is nothing ‘wrong’ with the two rows of five. Having said that, the author, Kate Snow, states that she finds that kids learn the combinations of “5 and some more” more easily with the horizontal ten-frame, and that it makes for a smoother transition to using arrays to represent multiplication. Because she will be learning the facts through 9+9, you will eventually be using two ten-frames, and I think the horizontal ones are more easily managed for that.

      You might consider doing the first activities on the ten-frame she is used to, and then showing her the same thing on the horizontal version. After the first few math facts, she should be able to use the horizontal ten-frame exclusively for Facts That Stick, and the higher facts will go more quickly. Seeing numbers represented in different ways, and learning multiple methods to solve problems, is a huge plus in the long run for math.

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  12. 5 out of 5 Used for summer review

    I just finished using this with my 3 youngest children (almost 12 yo and almost 9 yo twins). The 11 yo has a learning disability in math (and reading). She (and one of the twins) just finished a year of NILD therapy.
    I called it “summer math” and it was easy for them, but I figured it’s good to review the basics. I was pleased to see that they had learned a lot this past year (working with “partners to 10”, very similar to some of the strategies in the book.) It took us about a month to work through the book. (I fast-tracked slightly – usually doing 3 practice pages/chapter instead of the 4 as most of it seemed to be review).
    I liked how the lessons were scripted, but short (I’m not good at following scripts exactly 🙂 The strategies are great. Some my kids were familiar with, but some were new. It’s good to learn new ways to think about numbers.
    My kids liked some games better than others, but generally had fun playing them.
    Tip: I found the playing pieces from the game RISK worked really well as counters (we have the Lord of the Rings edition, but I assume the standard pieces are similar.) They fit well on the 10 frame and come in different colours.
    My kids with LD found flipping a coin challenging (in one of the games) but I figured it was a skill that I probably would’ve overlooked otherwise, and was good for developing coordination. (My daughter commented, “I thought this was going to be about *math* not flipping a coin!”)
    We’re on to Subtraction Facts that stick next…

  13. 5 out of 5

    Worked like a charm with my five year old little guy. Absolutely no extra practice required except for playing past games each day along with the current week’s game.

  14. 5 out of 5 Playful, smart, connected

    I loved working through this with my daughter. This was a wonderful way to start working on our addition facts. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve both their relationship with their student as well as fact mastery at the same time.

  15. Question

    Can deck of cards be substituted with uno cards?

    • You don’t use the face cards, only 1-9, so I don’t see why not. I have no idea how many cards are in an UNO deck, but at least one game calls for two decks of cards (8 sets of cards numbered 1-9).

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  16. 5 out of 5 It Works!

    I love this approach to teaching math facts. I tried it with a 5th-grade student who still didn’t know his addition facts. I was doubtful that it would work since all other approaches had not worked. But It Worked! He knows all the addition facts by memory and we just started with the subtraction level. He loves it! I just started using it with 4 of our 2nd graders as well. Thank you, Kate Snow. I am excited to continue using your program in our school.

  17. Question

    I have an eight-year-old who is going into third grade next school year. Can we work through the addition and the subtraction book at the same time? Or does he have to complete the addition book by itself first before he can start the subtraction book?

    • The author recommends going in order, one book at a time.

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  18. Question

    Where are the Math That Sticks Assessment pages? I saw them on someone’s video. Thank you!

    • Emailing them to you now!

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  19. Question

    Would this be good as a supplement to 1st Grade Math with Confidence or is there a lot of overlap between the activities in both programs? Thanks 🙂

    • A lot of the strategies are included in the first grade book, so you would be fine to do that alone this year. You can always play extra games that involve counting (low-key and fun) throughout the year.. When you are finished, you can have her take the addition facts assessment to see if more practice needed. Enjoy your year!

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  20. 5 out of 5 Addition Facts That Stick

    This was perfect for my daughter who is a visual and hands on learner! Flash cards were torture…..but she loves this program. Hope the multiplication and Division comes out soon!




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