"I started using GMM with struggling students last year and loved it.
The first grade teacher agreed to try it for the whole class this year,
and we are very pleased with the results."
- Jenifer Woolf, Intervention Specialist, St. Brigid School, Xenia,
"I include GMM in my kindergarten program each year. Almost every
student becomes a "whiz" with addition and subtraction facts -- they can
even solve word problems! -- and they really enjoy the songs and games.
Parents are amazed at how quickly and accurately their child can respond."
- Kathy Johnson, Elk Elementary Center, Charleston, West Virginia
"One student had trouble with math the last 4 years, and failed last year.
After a few sessions with Grandma, he's fine. He has since done remarkably well
in math. It's a great new program. We're really endorsing it."
- Nancy Pauley, Principal, Malden Elementary School, West Virginia
"This original and innovative method of presenting basic arithmetical facts
has been used by the authors with total success for instant recall by the learner.
It can be used as easily by a parent as by a teacher. It can be used for one
student or for forty with equal success. It is so simple that it seems almost
- Josephine Rogers, School Principal (Retired), Kanawha County, WV
"I have been using Grandma's Magical Math with my first graders. The children
love it! I have found that my students learn easily, because this method
incorporates auditory and visual learning. Grandma's Math is the best thing for
teaching math facts that has ever been put in my hands."
- Sherry Gilmore, St. Agnes School, Charleston, WV
"This is a very child-oriented program. It is delightful to see students become
so involved in memorizing math facts, a task which can often be laborious. In
short - the program works!"
- Sue Hickok, Chapter 1 Math Specialist, Kanawha County, WV
Maggie's Problem is Solved!
Maggie, a third grade student, was failing in math. She had
learned to add and subtract by counting on her fingers. She was proud of
how fast she could make those fingers fly. But, Maggie ran into trouble
with problems, when the sum was above 10.
Her father is in the service, and the family must move often. Maggie and her
mother lived with her grandmother in West Virginia for 6 weeks in 1997.
They came to "Grandma" for help.
Maggie needed to stop counting, and memorize the math facts.
She also needed to experience success again. I taught her the magical 9
multiplication table, using the 9 River picture. Within 10 minutes, she
could tell me all the 9 table, and was begging for more problems. She was
having fun. Then, I showed her how to find the answers to other
multiplication problems by using the M Squad Mystery Card. When she came
for her next lesson, she told me that she was the only one in her class
who knew the 9 table. Her pleasure in this accomplishment was
I taught Maggie the multiplication tables first, so she would learn to rely
completely on the Grandma’s Magical Math pictures and rhymes. I taught her
mother to play 2 chords on the ukulele, and gave her my "uke" to take
home. She played while she and Maggie sang the multiplication tables to
the tune of "Skip to My Lou". When Maggie mastered the multiplication
tables, she got to play the uke while her mother and I sang with her. What
a joyful noise! We didn’t try to teach her to play chords. Learning the
math is more important to me than the sound of the music.
After the first lesson, I knew I must find a way to keep those
little fingers too busy to count. I made up a card game called "Tear Down
the Castle". She needed to hold the deck of cards in one hand, and turn up
the card to play with the other hand. She learned to add and subtract with
sums of 11 to 18 by using G.M.M. pictures as she played this card
After each lesson, I sent notes, explaining my teaching procedure, to
Maggie’s teacher and principal. I enclosed materials they could copy.
This school uses Grandma’s Magical Math in the first and second grades, but
no one had met Grandma. Maggie asked me to go to her school for lunch and
visit her classroom. I said I would, if she learned all her math facts. I
did not expect her to master them all before she had to leave. When she
did, I had to keep my word. Grandma was Maggie’s show and tell.
My greatest reward was seeing this proud little girl, sitting at my dining
room table, saying, "Ask me anything!" and firing back answers almost as
soon as I finished asking the problem. What a joy teaching is!!!
I received a Christmas card from Maggie. She is getting good grades and
having fun in her new school.
- Eva "Grandma" Hanson
The story above is true. Maggie is not her real name, but she is a real
child. Mrs. Hanson was 87 years old in 1997 when she wrote this.