Week 4 since book launch and excited for presentation sooooon! on Bowen Island on March 5th at local elementary school. And 5 more presentations in the diary.
Starting to see progress on places the book is reaching, orders and delivery system seems to be working (phew) and generally all feeling exciting and upbeat! Loved being part of the Canadian Online Homeschoolers Conference 6-11 Feb, and now time to ensure I am ready for the local talks.

Today: Can I share a pearl of advice re Times Tables... use the 'pop-up-finger-method' so count up in the chosen Times Table steps whilst popping up a finger for each step (but just nod for 11x and 12x)... and then vary it by touching the ...nose with the finger for each step. Best way I know for Times Table progress.... ALSO: do the 9x Table 'tucking in the finger trick'- it is pure magic! E.g. for 4 x 9, put hands on table and tuck in finger 4... then there are 3 fingers to left and 6 to right... 36! You may know these already but it never fails to amaze me just how many ‘tricks’ there are to learn Times Tables. The most asked question of me as a teacher has been, ‘How can I get my child to know their Times Tables??!!’

Wish me luck in this next phase.  I am needing to think about the bigger picture now, so have some serious thinking to do! I need to find appropriate ways to share this program and book, and so many people have helped me so far. Thank you to you all. Roll on bridging the winter gap to spring.

Want to get going with Times Tables? Start with ‘pop-up-finger-method’ for 2x, 5x, 10x, 11x (beware 11 x 11 and 12 x 11 as they catch us out, so put them onto cards) and then explore 9x trick! Already in place?- move to 3x.

Math priorities?

Time to share a conversation I had with some people when we were talking about the program… they asked me a great question: ‘If you had only 3 hours with a Grade 6 or 7 student who wanted to catch up on some math fundamentals, which concepts would you choose to focus in on?’

Hmmm- well I guess I would check that all the 4 basic mechanics of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are in place to a level where the basics are in place- e.g. the column versions or basic box division, and that the student could count up in 2s and 5s… and then work on one or two other times tables. I would also check basic understanding of 2D and 3D shapes and also perimeter and area. Then I would… if time, move on to adding and subtracting of fractions! Three hours only huh??

Also, I have been working on putting together a very basic short video on how to use the book- it is a bit raw, but people have said it would be helpful. It shows close ups of the book pages, and talks you through how it works. Hope to have this on the website very soon!

Cart now up and running… so books have been going across Canada… but still encouraging local people to connect via email so I can hand deliver for free. Also I have reached the stage of having my presentation/talks outline done, so now just need to work on the delivery! But what will I wear?….

13 days after launch... lots been happening!! Soooo exciting to see the book 'out there' and helping.

So, just about 2 weeks in and what a time I’ve had… between the actual teaching of the math, of course.

Lots of local deliveries of the book (nice when here on Bowen as free hand delivery and often 1:1 chat with parents about how to make it happen!), but also posted out to Calgary, Guelph and enquiries from Australia and New Zealand!! ‘Walk-throughs’ over the phone have also been happening, so have been busy there.

HOPING to have proper ‘grown up’ cart in place this weekend!! ready for the Feb conference 6-11th. Also, we have made progress in finding out the most cost effective postage methods for customers for whom hand delivery is impossible (well, not impossible, but I can’t nip to Australia or even Calgary and be back in time for dinner…)

Feedback from parents and students has been overwhelming (see a few comments below)

Now have several presentations and talks in the diary for Feb, March, April and May and am SLOWLY (very slowly) making progress using Facebook, Twitter and Blogging… all new to me. I was never a techy…

I do need help with how to connect with ‘groups’… home schooling FB groups, education groups, tutors etc… but slowly, slowly.

So a few days to go: Next week: 6-11th Feb, Bridge the Gap Math™ is part of BC Canadian Online Homeschool Conference 2019. Open to all. I will be live chatting via phone and Skype. See their website if interested in taking part: (https://canadianhomeschoolconference.com/).


Also now you can see sample pages from the book on this website as a few people said this would be helpful. Look under ‘USING THE BOOK’

Meanwhile... some utterly lovely feedback comments to share. Happy mom:

...She has created this resource which I really believe will be a game changer for you guys...(sent to sister in Alberta)

It REALLY, REALLY is helping already (me, for starters. It is amazing how little I recall and how challenging it is having my own math struggles but needing to help my kids! That is what I didn't count on so much - how much it helped ME!)

Seriously! We've worked while waiting on the ferry, waiting for a siblings guitar lesson to end, and at home. All three. One page at a time. My 15 year old said ,'Wow, I can't believe that I didn't know that I was always mixing up the definition for Product....etc. So this is going to be a critical aspect in terms of math reparations!

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My BLOG is born today!

Bridge the Gap Math™ was launched in Canada on Jan 19th 2019.

Laurie is excited to share the book and the program, and is now entering into a previously unknown and unfamiliar (to her) world of social media and blogging!! Yey!

So this is number one blog… and will be a regular feature to contain hot ‘Intermediate’ math issues, tips, listicles, advice and updates.

Watch this space… and thank you for your support!


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