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Five Times Five Is Not Ten Review by Courtney Larson

Susan Greenwald
Longevity Publishing
10179 E. Pinewood Ave.
Englewood, CO 80111

Five Times Five Is Not Ten is a reproducible book full of strategies that help children remember 81 multiplication facts. In order to be successful in higher-level math, children need to know their math facts. Some kids are able to remember multiplication facts without much effort, while others struggle. This book can be used with children of all ages, as long as they understand what multiplication is. 

Five Times Five Is Not Ten teaches children to remember the multiplication facts using different strategies. For example, the problem 5 x 5 = 25 is taught as "I See 2 5s". The multiplying by 2s table is taught as "Doubles," since, for example, 7 x 2 is that same as 7 + 7. These are just a couple of the strategies taught in this 148-page book. After a new strategy is taught, there is plenty of practice. What I like most about this practice is that it incorporates previously taught facts, and then it mixes the multiplication facts with addition and subtraction facts so that the child really has to pay attention and apply what he's learned. 

I have been using this book with my 9 and 7-year-old sons. They both understand multiplication but have had trouble remembering the facts without counting or a lot of thought, even though I've used the same method that I did with their older brother (who has had no problems remembering the multiplication facts). I've got to admit I was skeptical when Five Times Five Is Not Ten arrived in the mail. I was concerned about using a book that taught the facts in a manner other than simple memorization. We are only about a third of the way through the book, and I have already seen a lot of improvement with my sons' multiplication fact recall. It only takes minutes a day, and the payoff at our house has been huge. If either of my younger sons has difficulty remembering their multiplication facts, I won't hesitate to use this wonderful resource. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a child who is struggling to remember multiplication facts. 

Product review by Courtney Larson, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2010