Are You Sick and Tired of Failure? My Revolutionary Approach to Teaching & Learning Will Make ANY Kid Love Math!
Teach (or reteach) times tables without boring and counterproductive memorizationThen, stand back and watch your kids confidently tackle future math lessons without your help!

Any Age, Any Confidence Level
Remember how it was? Multiplication facts taught by memorization is BORING and the facts don’t “stick,” so future math lessons are sheer torture.

You can teach in a way that is FUN from day one! Kids will know "I-can-do-it" so that pushing and prodding are history, even on future math lessons.
Try my system with the whole family, and set your kids up for confidence and success in math!
>>>For older kids that struggle, I've found that the fastest way forward, is to go back!

>>>I've discovered that re-teaching times tables in the "flexible brain way" helps kids figure in their heads; they regain confidence and take off independently in future math lessons (this has saved me a TON of time!)

>>>I was shocked to see that 100% of the six to eight year olds I taught in a private school did GREAT learning times tables my way; Your kids haven't learned addition yet?  Great! They won't pick up limiting habits and mindsets they typically get learning addition.
  • Powerful math foundation, ages 6 - 16, regardless of current ability
  • ​No more fight, tears or lost confidence around math
  • ​EASIER and MUCH FASTER path to mastery
  • Facts stick, and child can easily USE those facts and be an independent learner!
  • ​Kids love to teach their siblings and moms get their times tables down too!
How Despair Turned to Confidence and Success in My Homeschool
By Heather Linchenko, creator of MathHacked

I had become the mother I never wanted to be: pushing and pulling yet another child through that old math grind.

It was hurting our relationship. A lot.

Plus, it was clear to see that my “helping” wasn’t helping at all. With discouragement and a lack of confidence, the doors of my child's mind were snapping shut.

Finally…I said it: “ENOUGH!”

I was DONE watching Math lessons destroy her confidence. FINISHED pushing her. NO MORE could I see her lack of self confidence. I was ready to be flexible.

But what could I do? There are HUNDREDS of math helps out there and the thought of sorting through them made me tired.

I narrowed it down: I realized my daughter struggled with her times tables, and that they were EVERYWHERE in her math work.

But how to teach them better?

One thing I was sure of is that our teaching method would not be “memorization.”

This method didn't work for my daughter, and it hadn't worked for me.

I forced myself out of that centuries-old memorization mindset and looked at math through completely different eyes: the eyes of my child. Once I made this shift, I discovered a completely new way to approach math--a whole new teaching style, new sequences, exciting new philosophies…new everything.

Together, my daughter and I tried it out.

The results were amazing! This new process TOTALLY turned her around. Instead of needing my help, she independently took off through her regular math curriculum (!).

I saved an enormous amount of time, but that was nothing compared to the joy I felt seeing my daughter discover and OWN the fact that she really was SMART!

It unleashed her in ways that extended far beyond math, and our relationship was sweet again.
Call it crazy, but I love your children. Now it literally HURTS me to hear of kids feeling stupid when I've got a solution that works SO WELL! You don't have to reinvent the wheel -- it's all figured out and DONE FOR YOU.

I can say this with confidence because I have had 100% success (yes, One Hundred Percent) with my own kids, other homeschooled children, and as a voluntary program for 6-8 years olds at a private school. These were kids that came to math with the usual dread and complaining. 

The end result? 

100% of the kids in the class ended up opting in, happily nailing 100% of their times tables and division facts!!

If you follow my simple, proven, revolutionary system, your child will gain the critical building blocks of confidence, math facts mastery, and mental flexibility to actually enjoy math and become an independent learner. See you on the inside!
Saxon? Math-It? Singapore Math, Etc.? No matter the curricula you are using, first use MathHacked to secure times tables and division facts without rote memorization so your child can gain the confidence, positivity and FLEXIBLE MIND to tackle the rest. 

Don't count on multiplication worksheets. They work as poorly today as they did when we were kids!
See What Others Have to Say About Their Experience With MathHacked

He says, "Can I do MathHacked now?" It's saving us! It's easy! We were quite frustrated, and now he comes home and says, can I do MathHacked...He's learning his times tables and it's sticking! I'm so GRATEFUL to you for creating it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's working!

@ShereeHastings

I can testify that my kindergartener, who I homeschool, was hating addition. She was really having trouble and hated math and said things like “I’m just not smart!” This coming from my 5 year old broke my heart and I knew I needed to squash the “I’m not smart at math” attitude! We started math hacked and not only does she actually enjoy it, she’s excelling!

@AEdwards

Shocked at how quickly my little kids picked up basic math with this. Well done!!!

@NMaughan

I can’t get Grace to go play with friends because she wants to work on her math. I’m not even mad about it ;).

@CBaldwin


The deeper I got into this program, the more I loved it! Heather has so much wisdom that shines through her training sessions with the children. MathHacked goes way beyond multiplication tables; it's been parenting help for me! My daughter absolutely loves it. 

Today was my daughter's first day jumping back into her regular math book since starting MathHacked and it was FUN! No skip counting over here! Just clear answers, right out of her brain! She says math is her favorite subject now, and it's been fun to feel my own math skills soar! Thank you, MathHacked!

@CMessick
WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • ​Teacher Orientation - Learn how to gets kids' "buy in", eliminate negativity, and turn kids on to math - It's easier than you think!
  • ​Step Zero - Fun online deck experience for your children that will cut the learning time almost in half
  • Teacher training and video to watch and mimic for each of the eight decks - no prerequisites for mom
  • BONUS DECK ONE - online deck makes division facts a snap because of new neural pathways already developed in the program
  • ​BONUS DECKS TWO & THREE - Created when kids wanted more - a Ninja Warrior level of mental gymnastics that kids love
  • ​Teacher Orientation - Learn how to gets kids' "buy in", eliminate negativity, and turn kids on to math - It's easier than you think!
  • ​Step Zero - Fun online deck experience for your children that will save a ton of time on math facts practice
  • Teacher training and video to watch and mimic for each of the eight decks - no prerequisites for mom
  • BONUS DECK ONE - online deck makes division facts a snap because of neural pathways already developed in the program
  • ​BONUS DECKS TWO & THREE - Created when kids wanted more - a Ninja Warrior level of mental gymnastics that kids love
Valued at $350.00
  • Seven delightful decks for learning times tables step by step - each step gives the child more confidence using virtually NO memorization
  • ​An eighth deck for speed - kids love this deck! 
  • ​20 beautiful quote cards to post around the house that reinforce some of the powerful philosophies behind MathHacked
  • ​12 Concept Cards to reinforce key concepts taught
  • Seven delightful decks for learning times tables step by step - each step gives the child more confidence using virtually NO memorization
  • ​An eighth deck for speed - kids love this deck! 
  • ​20 beautiful quote cards to post around the house that reinforce some of the powerful philosophies behind MathHacked
  • ​12 Concept Cards to reinforce key concepts taught
Valued at $85.00
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We LOVE your system! Even I have learned my multiplication which I never ever thought I could! I was working with my son on the program and had to call my husband, nearly in tears to say, "I'm getting it!" I would easily pay the full price. 
I recommend Math Hacked to anyone I talk to about math curriculum.
~Candice Elton
I just wanted to write a note to tell you thank you for this program. I absolutely love math hacked! It is clicking so well with my daughter, and her confidence is soaring.
Thank you so much for this wonderful program.
~Taryn H
We have been really enjoying this program! My kids consider it a game. It focuses on making multiplication easy and fun, which is important for everything that comes after that. 

My 8 yr old is flying through multiplication and starting division, and now my 12 yr old who has struggled with math (stuck on multiplications skills) is making headway and getting more confidence. 
~Alysia McCausland Humphries
...your product is much easier to use & more “complete” (AND a refreshing reminder about how education is always supposed to feel).. Thank you again! 
~Joya & Co
My eight-year-old son has always loved math until recently when he was expected to memorize his multiplication facts. All of a sudden, he went from loving math to HATING it! Math became a chore to get through and there were more tears and tantrums than I care to count. I had heard about MathHacked at a Homeschool Conference hosted by my co-op the previous year and decided to give it a try. What did we have to lose??? 

What we lost were the hours of frustration and tears. My son was eager to try a different approach and from the very first day he has LOVED the program. It starts out pretty simple with concepts he already knew. Then we moved on to more difficult problems, but they didn't feel difficult because we use fun associations that make the ideas really stick. 

My son is back to loving math! He feels so smart and confident! 

The system has also benefited my 10-year-old who has been struggling along with her multiplication for a couple of years. Now, instead of guessing, she KNOWS the answers! Even my teenager and my 2-year-old enjoy getting in on the fun! MathHacked has truly been a blessing in our lives and we are so grateful to have found it! 
~Rachel Crumpley, President, iFamily Leadership Academy 2019

MathHacked definitely gave my kids confidence, mathematical abilities and skills. As an added bonus, I have picked up nuggets of wisdom to apply to and enrich my life! The creator often really has me thinking! We love this program.    
~Camille M
Hello. We just started Math Hacked. I have a 20 yr old and a 10 yr old with developmental delays. They are both having fun learning this way. Your "Momdeterminedness" is certainly helping others. Thank you. 
~A Pate
My kids are loving the program. So am I!
~McKenzie S
This program is AMAZING!! My 7 year old son has been begging me to do MathHacked for a while. A few weeks ago I finally started with him. He's on fire! It's the first thing he wants to do when he gets home from school (well, he might take a snack first) and he can't wait to learn the next step. I'm so excited for the confidence this is building in him! I love the special time we're having together too. We even included his 18 year old brother once while they raced to give the answers! Such a cute bonding experience! The MathHacked girls are inspired and amazing!!! Thank you!! 
~Angela H

My girls are actually pretty good at math,but we were all needing an “attitude adjustment” and even one day of a little one on one fun. “Math with mom” has born Good Fruit! Thank you!! ... 
Thank you gals for a beautiful product & “heaven on earth” learning paradigm.. Yay!! Well done!!
~J Leigh

Do your kids think they hate math? Give them some confidence! We love this program. It definitely gave my kids confidence in their mathematical abilities and skills. And as an added bonus to this program, you will pick up nuggets of wisdom to apply to and enrich your life! The creator is loaded with amazing quotes she has collected over the years. She often really has me thinking! Add this program to whatever math your kids are already doing, or drop what they’re doing until they gain some confidence back through this new method!
~C D King
This is Fantastic!!! Far better than I thought it would be. You have outdone yourself. I am very, very impressed!
~Phil S
I was one of the dumb kids when it came to math. I can completely relate to what you are describing. It took me years to realize that I loved to learn and I was a lot smarter than I ever thought I was! I got all choked up when I saw your program this morning! God bless you and the MathHacked Girls!!!!
~Ben Smith
This program is magic! I feel like Einstein right now!
~Danny S, age 14  (Labeled developmentally delayed at two schools)
I keep finding my child under his covers at night with a flashlight working on his flashcards when he's supposed to be asleep!
~Parent of child in private school (no homework required)
I love how you have all the easy ones in here, Mrs. Linchenko!
~Gabe, age 6
FAQ
Dearest Homeschool Moms!

...and of course you Wonderful Dads and anyone else determined to help a child!...

It is very important to us that we don't bog you down, so if you want to just trust us, skip all the "fine print" in this section, and go ahead without understanding all the ins and outs of everything, the system will work just as well for you and your child. Take heart; it can be just that simple!

If, however, you have the time and/or the desire to know more up front, there is much more we'd love to share with you!

Following are the questions addressed in this section. Feel free to look through the list of topics below for questions most important to you and then scroll down till you find it! Also, please contact us at <thegals@mathhacked.com> with any other questions you'd like to see addressed.

How does MathHacked differ from traditional methods?
1 - We're not what you're expecting

Other boxes containing flashcards are just that--a box of flashcards. What you see is what you get; they're a dime a dozen.

Our MathHacked box may seem similar to other systems because it does happen to be full of cards with equations on them--only admittedly MUCH more interesting to hold and look at than the average bear (er, giraffe)--but we guarantee that within our MathHacked Deluxe Training System, there is much, much more than meets the eye. Much.

In fact, we would go so far as to say that:

• if you take your child through the system as we teach it...

• meaning not just doing "what" we tell you to do, but also "how," "when," and "why" we suggest you do it...

• that this one simple product for teaching/solidifying times tables and division facts to kids from around 6 to any age...

• taking roughly 15 minutes out of your day...

• while giving back more than it takes since we suggest that you to stop all other math work while you're doing ours, because everything will go quicker and easier after this foundation...

• will be the Single Most Valuable Educational Asset in your Entire Homeschool...

• as it has the greatest power to turbo charge your child's education...

• relieve you of stress...

• improve your relationship with your children...

• and thus improve your life...

Big claims we know, but we happen to believe them...because we happen to have experienced them, and are experiencing them still.

There is a whole world of thought and philosophy and experience behind WHY the box and cards look as they do, WHY they're put together in the order and fashion they are, and "WHAT ALL" the training is designed to accomplish. 

MathHacked is specific to math, but also incredibly broad and vast in the application of the learning to be gained therein. For example, how often we see in the business world how much of a difference The MathHacked Way of things would make to business owners and executives, both in saving time and saving money...vast amounts of it! 

Disclaimer: Our research reveals that The MathHacked Deluxe Training System does not slice bread...nor will it sharpen your knives or fluff your pillows...but with your improved relationships, your kids might do those things for you with a smile. ;)
2 - We don't start with addition

Others start math studies with addition because it seems easiest and kids can use "external crutches" to get the job done. (Then multiplication, by comparison, seems a daunting task.)

At MathHacked, we advocate starting a child's math education (when possible) with first multiplication/division facts, THEN addition/subtraction, as early as 6 years old. This eliminates the hard-to-shift mindset that external crutches are necessary for math figuring and prevents hard-to-break habits from forming around them. 

Also, it just so happens that even the little tykes really dig using their minds (remember, it wasn't just the top of the class, but 100% of the students loved it). It makes them feel brilliant, and that feeling is addictive. This feeling creates internal motivation, releasing the parent from the role of Math Police. Moving on to addition after multiplication with MathHacked feels like a breeze and can be accomplished by the child mentally, without the use of external crutches.
3 - We don't bog kids down

Others (without realizing it) expect kids to do a lot of "heavy lifting" right from the start of their multiplication studies: The child must, a) hold still...which by itself is hard for most kids, b) write...which they may not love to do, c) memorize math facts...a tedious task for most kids, d) simultaneously do their other math assignments...ALL THESE AT THE SAME TIME. In addition, all this is expected of children, e) without their choice or buy-in, often even against their wills!! No wonder we have discipline problems. 

At MathHacked, we realize that the act of Focused Thinking is heavy enough all by itself for a little child…so rather than expecting kids to keep five balls simultaneously in the air, we ask of them only one: the Thinking part. 

We've also designed the system to start out so easy and fun that "buy-in" is automatic. (We don’t believe in forcing education on kids.) As they gain mental strength, more "weight" can and should be added. We've found that developing mental muscle is very similar to the physical: we all know that lifting too much weight at the gym is demoralizing and too little is boring. We want neither a lack of confidence nor a lack of desire in our students, so we pay extremely close attention to this balance. All comes in due time, which incidentally, turns out to be much faster than traditional methods.

P.S. We don't bog you moms down either, in figuring out how not to bog the kids down!!
4 - We have no respect for numerical order

Others teach multiplication first the 1s, then 2s, 3s and so on to 12s.

At MathHacked, we begin with what's easiest for kids and move systematically to what's most difficult. Throughout the program, there are trademark patterns set up for the child as things get more difficult that help them "figure out" the answer until the recall is automatic and the patterns are no longer needed. As their “mental muscle” strengthens, so do their challenges; this keeps the child empowered and enjoying the process from start to finish. Once you experience this new sequence, you'll wonder how in the world society stuck with doing it the hard way for so many generations!
5 – We're not in a hurry

Others move on to teaching new math knowledge before a child has any confidence in the old. With traditional approaches, we build on wet cement, wet cement, always wet cement. This is horribly demoralizing to kids. It makes them want to quit because they feel dumb.

At MathHacked, we've realized that 80% mastery equals 20% confidence. The math shouldn't work out this way, but strangely, it does. For this reason, we teach you to "wait for the cement to dry” on your child's learning in each of our steps to mastery, before moving on to the next step. It is counter-intuitive but we assure you that slow is fast and fast is slow. (Building a house on wet cement would sure slow the building process down, right?) 

If a child has been pushed to move before he/she is confident, the fastest way to move forward is to back up and start over. You'll be astonished at how quickly kids catch right up and even pass their peers when conditions are right.
6 - We don't bore kids

Others use memorization as their principal method for teaching times tables and division facts.

Napoleon Hill, author of the iconic book, Think and Grow Rich, advocates a better way of learning when he said, "The school system endeavors to teach children to memorize facts instead of teaching them how to use their own minds." Hear hear, Mr. Hill!

At MathHacked, we avoid using memorization because not only does the information not stick very well or very long, is it BORING to a great many students...prompting them to turn off their inner genius. (I mean, don't YOU check out when you're bored??) What children like--what they love, in fact--is to think for themselves...but you knew this already, didn't you?? 

So, as it turns out, it's not math that's boring to kids; it's the way it's been taught. 

We're out to change that!

Central and unique to our system--and not achievable through memorization--is that children learn to "think for themselves"--to learn the skills of "mental gymnastics," that is, the ability to manipulate and figure numbers in their own minds, and to jump back and forth freely between ideas and functions. 

Additionally, in our quest to avoid "boring," you will also see that we have gone to great lengths to make all our materials amusing and delightful to children. 

Doing all we can to make the child WANT to do the work is important because they then become sponges for learning--ready to soak it up!
7 - We don't present ourselves as the "smart ones"

The current model is that teachers are the "smart ones," dispensing information to the young'uns, who will in their turn (if they behave and happen to be “gifted”), become the "smart ones"...and the cycle continues.

At MathHacked, we believe that kids are smart ALREADY; they are born smart because they are Human and each and every one has his or her genius to add to the world (which naturally goes for you, as well!). 

Rather than giving kids the answers, our system provides a way for them to find the answers THEMSELVES--in their own brains; it's a bit like a hunt for Easter eggs and when they find them, you can watch and enjoy many light-bulb moments; these illuminations bring both joy and confidence to children. When joy is returned to the educational process, the inner genius of kids is set free. 

(We always knew there was more brilliance to tap into, right? Just look at how smart kids are at figuring out computer games and electronics!!...and breaking through all our efforts to lock them out of things!!)
8 – Our ideas are not "math" philosophies, but life philosophies applied to math 

Other well-meaning programs are satisfied with mastery of the things they teach. For example, with regard to teaching basic math facts, others use external crutches such as math manipulatives (things you can touch and count); skip-counting; catchy songs or chants; tricks using fingers; math charts or graphs; cute pictures or stories; etc. They use these because they work for the most part...unaware that these types of crutches are also hard for kids to shake, even into adulthood. For example, how many of you still use fingers to count? Educators are also sometimes unaware that the use of these things are missed opportunities for confidence to the child, since subconsciously the kids give the song (for example) the credit for their success. 

At MathHacked, we’re not satisfied with simply the mastery of basic math facts, though a very worthy goal. We want more! We want confident kids who understand the workings and power of their brain, who feel competent and adept at using their own mind as a formidable math-figuring tool. This is a great source of general confidence for kids that we can tap into--one that extends far beyond math. 

Similarly, we’re not satisfied with just getting the “back and hands” of kids coming our way because we make them do what we want them to do; no, we want their “minds and hearts,” their creativity, enthusiasm, great attitudes, and solid work ethic--all of which much be volunteered. 

Simply put, our overarching goal at MathHacked through our Revolutionary Process and Teaching Style is to instill in children a can-do, self-starting mentality, and thus empower them to drive their own education. To this end, we urge parents to learn the principles and practices involved with this program and utilize them in other areas of education and parenting. 

The great surprise is that when we do this, it's not just great for our kids; it recovers to us an untold amount of time and energy, as well as a richer, more joyful relationship with our kids…not to even mention greater influence in their lives.
What should my child know before starting?
To begin MathHacked the child should recognize and know the names of all the numbers, to be able to count a good spell by ones, and be able to know which numbers are more or less than others. They should specifically be able to know what is one more and one less than any given single-digit number. It is also helpful if the child knows how to count by fives. 

Our experience is that generally 6 year olds are ready, and occasionally a 5 year old here or there. You will understand through the orientation videos how to tell if your child is ready or not. Just know that we never advocate pushing children beyond what they WANT to do and what is natural for them...or for creating any kind of stressful situation for them whatsoever; in fact, this is most definitely NOT the MathHacked way. 

The point is not that we start kids any earlier in math than you would otherwise wish, only that when we are ready to start, that we begin them with times tables and division facts--the MathHacked way--instead of addition. There is plenty of time for addition later on. Our experience is that this order of things creates a mindset in children that makes math easier for them all around, and therefore easier on you, their parents.

One last note on this point is that if you have a child wanting to do MathHacked even younger than 5 (they often do because the box and cards make it look so fun), find a way to spend a little one-on-one time with them to get them involved with the cards in some small way. As you look into the first two modules, you will find that there are little things you can do to make this possible for them. 
What if my child knows most of his/her math facts?
How well does your child really know his/her facts? Unless a child knows all the basic facts to the point of "effortless and automatic," it can feel like walking through quicksand to tackle things like Algebra, for instance.

We find that 80% competence gives only 20% confidence. To give you an idea as to why, think of walking on a surface that's smooth except for just 20%, of the floor boards jutting up. You would not be able to walk with confidence on that floor--without having to focus on it the whole time, that is--and especially while carrying something heavy. Math is like that.

Taking the time and care to smooth out every one of those "rough spots" will make a world of difference for your child in doing math down the road. 

Additionally, while a person may do well in one category of thinking, it's a different thing altogether to be able to jump back and forth at will between different categories. You'll see more what we mean when you get inside the training. This skill is something we like to call "mental gymnastics" and is likely something your child has never really tried doing. This ability, too, is well worth stopping all other math studies for a time, to acquire and solidify.
How did MathHacked come to be?
Heather Linchenko, the creator of MathHacked, struggled in her homeschool with a daughter who hated math, and had diminishing confidence in the struggle to learn it. After telling her daughter enough times that "sometimes you just have to do hard things," it finally dawned on Heather that this was an all too familiar theme. Not only was a negative attitude toward math the prevailing attitude with her own classmates, this daughter was the fourth child she had to give these sorts of pep talks to in her homeschooling career. 

(Another thing: many brilliant adults still believe they are “not smart” because they didn’t do well with how math was taught when they were kids. Are you one of them? This “not smart” label, once internalized, is STICKY!) 

Heather finally said, "NO MORE MATH UNTIL I FIGURE THIS OUT." 

She reflected on two principal things and these spurred her on: a) the feeling of failure and incompetence in a French class in college--she now understood acutely what “feeling dumb and like quitting” was like and wanted better for her child, and b) a quote she had heard many times from her former boss and friend, Stephen R. Covey: “Student inability is usually nothing more than teacher inflexibility.” 

Time to get flexible!!! 

She "stepped into her daughter's shoes" asking her question after question, and ultimately figured out that the sticking point for her in math was multiplication. Strange, because she thought her daughter knew those pretty well. 

Heather stepped out of the centuries-old box and looked at the process with new eyes, utilizing many of the philosophies she had learned from Covey and other thought leaders she had studied over decades. With the completely different approach discovered, her daughter soared in math--and math became her favorite subject, even in high school, long after this program was completed. 

Several years later, when working as a teacher’s aide in a private school setting, Heather had the opportunity of trying out her system with a large class of 1st to 3rd graders. She saw them coming to math with that familiar negative body language and dread and asked if she could implement this program.  WOW. The success she had with 100% of the class--even the goof offs and those shut down to their education--“blew her socks across the room.” The children lined up daily to work on their math and were sad when the system was over. 

Additionally, the teacher of the class, after seeing Heather teach not just math, but many subjects in new and fresh ways, and watching her class continually excited at learning, said, “Where did you learn to teach this way? I have a masters degree and I’ve never seen anyone teach this way.” 

Parents started coming to her class wondering what “secrets” she had in motivating their children and opening up their personalities. They had seen such big changes in their own kids. She then realized that the uniqueness and power of her system and methods went way beyond her little home school. Since this time, she has been badgered by many to make this available to others. 

Seeing and hearing of the math plight of the majority of parents out there...and knowing she had solutions...drove Heather to make this MathHacked Deluxe Training System available to everyone, including you!
Who are "The Gals at MathHacked"?
"The Gals" are Heather and Shirl, a couple of crazy grannies who decided that instead of retiring, they would start a company! So now rather than putting their feet up and eating grapes, they have found themselves collating thousands of math cards, hoisting hundreds of boxes and climbing steep peaks of learning in all things online. 

Their first assembly center was Heather's basement, crowded with tables and stacked to the rafters with cards. How exciting it is to have recently graduated to a real live warehouse! 

Heather is the creator of MathHacked and Shirl the business brain, master of systems and manager of details, and even at her "grandma" stage of life, can work anyone under the table! Except maybe Heather.

Why do they give up so much beauty sleep when it is now more needed than ever?? Mission. Having both been homeschool mothers themselves, there is nothing that hurts more than to see a discouraged homeschool mom or discouraged children. They've been there, done that, and it ain't fun. Having gained the knowledge to help, particularly with regards to math, they feel a mission to do so; they are excited to pass on what has lifted burdens for them and will for you, as well. 

Heather and Shirl happen to be not just business partners, but sisters! They were born and raised in Eastern Idaho in a family of ten children, growing up on a farm. Shirley is child #6 and Heather is #8.

Both were administrative assistants to the world-renowned Executive/Personal Development and Human Relations guru, Stephen R. Covey, for several years each, and took great part in typing and helping edit his books, including his best selling Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

One of Stephen's teachings is that people should live their lives "in crescendo." Heather and Shirl are tickled to realize they're doing just that! 

Hobbies? Whenever possible, they love to ride horses together in the mountains and also enjoy philosophizing and learning from each other and singing harmonies with their children and extended family. Fun fact: A common friend complimented Shirl that she was the funniest person in the whole world, and Heather that she was the 2nd funniest lol.

A little more about Heather's journey toward the creation of the MathHacked Deluxe Teaching System:

Besides the opportunity to rub shoulders with Stephen R. Covey for many years, she also worked as administrative assistant to Douglas T. Snarr, another motivational speaker and author (who spoke in a circuit with Paul Harvey, Zig Zeiglar, and others). These two "mentors extraordinaire," through their intense love of learning, knowledge, passion for sharing and their example in living the principles they taught, planted her firmly on the path of life-long learning; she wanted to become just like them. 

She married a man born and raised in communist Russia, causing more shifts in her thinking and how she views life...tectonic shifts. She also discovered through seeing his education how woefully inadequate hers was by comparison. Though she had been an "honor student" through most all of her years in school, she discovered that while she happened to be good at the “system," she did not come out feeling educated. Her kids had many questions, as all children do, but all she could come up with for answers was, "Yeah, that sounds familiar but I can't remember!" It was "memorize, test, and forget," a sad state of affairs.

While living in Kazakstan due to her husband's work, and finding the English-speaking schools to be out-of-this-world expensive, she of necessity started homeschooling their five children. What surprised her was how much she enjoyed it, how much more fulfilled it made her feel as a mother, and how much she learned! Over the years she has enjoyed the leeway homeschooling gave her to break even more with tradition and societal norms and experiment with new teaching methods and ideas. 

Through much trial and error, she has picked up some unique philosophies about education and parenting along the way that she has found to be very effective, and really so much easier on both teacher and student. 

These new ideas, along with lots of experimenting--and some mind-blowing success in the classroom--led to the creation of a system for teaching multiplication (before addition, ideally) that we call MathHacked. She hopes it will become a factor in shifting current educational paradigms. She and Shirl see a new day in education dawning and are excited to be a part of it!
How can a program for math help with parenting?
Heather here. I love this question. 

In trainings and podcasts I have done, and especially to close friends when trying to explain just what MathHacked is (not an easy task to do quickly, btw, as there is so much more to it than a surface view would have you believe), at some point I will invariably jump from talking about math to talking about parenting.h to talking about parenting. 

I hear my passion strengthen as I talk of helping parents get to richer relationships with their children, to a place of less stress in these relationships and more joy, to less time spent on controlling or avoiding and more time spent simply enjoying each other’s unique presence and basking in the unparalleled opportunity it is to be together. 

So easy to forget how utterly COOL that is when things get crazy, huh?! 

I have discovered that I, along with most well-meaning parents out there, have been guilty of giving kids far too little credit, of underestimating them, and of accidentally “getting in their way,” making it more difficult for them to awaken their untapped potential. Boy, have I ever done this! 

This is TIME CONSUMING and ENERGY DRAINING, I can tell you!!! 

But there is a better way; it's the MathHacked way.

Surprisingly, not only does MathHacked create the best foundation for your child’s math career than anything we’ve ever encountered--and this aspect is awesome in and of itself--it is a fantastic vehicle for heading toward all those things that give your family life more joy, those things that add LIFE to your life. 

How can MathHacked help with such a thing as this, you say? 

Because without having to...

• understand and assimilate the many philosophies behind the system, 

• without having to go through the time and hard work of mining them, 

• and testing them, 

• and personally changing your mindset to match them, 

• without all the trial and error 

• and sheer number of MISTAKES and FAILURES that I had to go through 

• to get to the knowledge contained within the MathHacked Training System that has drastically improved my life and relationships… 

...you can simply watch and mimic these MathHacked paradigms at play, just 15 or so minutes a day with your child, in a simple math setting. 

If you do our system as we explain it, you will see and experience how much of a difference a "new way of being" and a "new way of thinking" with your child can make, how much more effective and fun your time together can be, and get a better idea of the increased influence you can have. VISION is created…and along with that, a DESIRE to carry it forward into other areas of education and life. 

You know, Vision is a powerful thing.

When you catch and hold Vision, your aim shifts from trying to get through life and trying to survive your kids, to trying to accomplish something specific or even many specific things.

It changes what you think about in the shower and as you fix your hair, from worrying about your kids and fearing you're not "enough" as a mother [NEWS FLASH: You are.]…to Envisioning and Dreaming and taking care to reframe your thoughts to more useful ones. 

Additionally, MathHacked offers you a very comfortable setting to "try these paradigms on for size" with your child. It provides you with a non-threatening opportunity to tweak your parenting and to adopt ways and ideas found within the training, that will ultimately lead your child to take the reins of his or her own education and life, and for you and your child to enjoy the "tightest" of relationships with each other.

Tight relationships unlock learning potential and free inner genius.

Tight relationships hold the finest of joys this life has to offer.

"To be happy at home is the result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution." ~Samuel Johnson

Yep, that's it. You got it, Samuel. It's pretty intense but it's true: our endgame goals with MathHacked go well beyond math. #relationshipispower

Note: The podcast below, which includes discussions about parenting, is entitled "Changing the Paradigm of Educational Pedagogy" and took place 11/30/17. Thank you Luminous Mind for the opportunity. :)
Have these principles been researched?
While our minds have been in the “math for kids” and “parenting” arenas, we have noticed there are many discovering the same game changing philosophies in their own fields of interest: teaching music to children, marketing, teaching voice to adults, animal training, etc., etc. 

It is exciting to be a part of this educational shift, because we will find that we and our children can achieve much more than we ever believed possible!

It has been gratifying also to have (recently) found writings (some formally researched) and video of others who've discovered some of the same things we have--ideas and principles which we have already built into our own teaching system for math. It might give you more confidence in the power of this educational shift.

We have included some of this fantastic content below which supports some of our principal conclusions. These same ideas are contained within the MathHacked system along with many conclusions and practices that we've not found in any other math system out there.

If you run into more supporting articles, videos or podcasts in your travels, we’d love to hear about them!
THE NUMBER ONE REASON YOUR KID HATES MATH (no matter which age or grade)   

“Annie & Everything”, 11/4/16
A Blog for General Homeschool Encouragement
https://www.annieandeverything.com/hate-math-multiplication-facts/
Excerpts:

"Do I have to do math today?” You know you’ve heard this. In that whiny voice with the drawn-out words. Like doing math is the equivalent of being stretched on the rack or worse… I can almost guarantee that the child who is saying it has one particular characteristic. There are other reasons out there, but my pretty-close-to-an-expert opinion is that this one cause is the main one, the most widespread – and it’s a simple fix.

…here’s what I’ve noticed: by a large margin, the kids who hate math generally have one thing in common – they don’t know their multiplication facts.

The kids who love math, or at least tolerate it, are the ones who know their multiplication tables so well that they don’t have to think about them. Like at all.And one of the things I want you to realize is that this is a COMMON problem…we don’t ever strive for mastery.

It’s like music. If you are trying to learn piano and you never bother to master the notes on the staff, how well would you do?

Here is just a sampling of the topics that depend on the multiplication tables:

–multiplication of 2- and 3-digit numbers and decimal numbers
–division
–long division
–least common multiple and greatest common factor
–adding and subtraction fractions
–multiplying fractions
–reducing fractions
–converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers
–word problems involving distance, rate, and time
–word problems involving money, tax, interest
–percents
–ratios, proportions
–area, volume, surface area
–circumference
–solving equations
–solving systems of equations
–factoring quadratic expressions
–Pythagorean theorem
–graphing linear equations
–parabolas, ellipses
–equivalent and similar triangles
–um, and basically all of trigonometry, matrices, and anything more complex like calculus, hello…

The goal is 1 second or less, y’all. If they can’t do most facts that quickly, then it’s time to stop plodding through math lessons…and instead LEARN those buggers.

Dare I say the dreaded word? MEMORIZATION. Sometimes ya just gotta do it.

Note from The Gals: We couldn't agree more wholeheartedly with Ann--only our system accomplishes her challenge WITHOUT that dreaded "memorization" that kids hate!
A RADICAL WAY OF UNLEASHING A GENERATION OF GENIUSES

Joshua Davis, 10/15/13 
Free Thinkers Article - “Wired” Business
https://www.wired.com/2013/10/free-thinkers/
Excerpts: 

…the government-mandated curriculum…was mind-numbingly boring for him and the students, and he'd come to the conclusion that it was a waste of time. Test scores were poor, and even the students who did well weren't truly engaged. Something had to change. 

 These students in Matamoros, Mexico, didn't have…much hope—until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.

To them, knowledge isn't a commodity that's delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students' own curiosity-fueled exploration. 

Teachers provide prompts, not answers… They are creating ways for children to discover their passion—and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process.

His defining principle: ‘The children are completely in charge.’ The bottom line is, if you're not the one controlling your learning, you're not going to learn as well.

…young children, motivated by curiosity and playfulness, teach themselves a tremendous amount about the world. And yet when they reach school age, we supplant that innate drive to learn with an imposed curriculum.

It was a noisy, slightly chaotic environment—exactly the opposite of the sort of factory-friendly discipline that teachers were expected to impose. But within 20 minutes, they had come up with the answer.

He'd never encountered a student with so much innate ability. He squatted next to her and asked why she hadn't expressed much interest in math in the past, since she was clearly good at it. ‘Because no one made it this interesting,’ she said.

The [traditional] system as a whole educates millions and is slow to recognize or adopt successful innovation. It's a system that was constructed almost two centuries ago to meet the needs of the industrial age. Now that our society and economy have evolved beyond that era, our schools must also be reinvented.
SHOULD WE STOP MAKING KIDS MEMORIZE TIMES TABLES? 

US News & World Report
By The Hechinger Report, Contributor 2/9/15 
http://bit.ly/2QeRexy 
Excerpts: 

Stanford professor [Jo Boaler] criticizes New York state's interpretation of Common Core math standards. 

Too much emphasis on rote memorization, she says, inhibits students’ abilities to think about numbers creatively, to build them up and break them down.She cites her own 2009 study, which found that low-achieving students tended to memorize methods and were unable to interact with numbers flexibly. 

...she is currently working on a study with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in which she is finding that the lowest performing students in the world are the ones who think math is about memorization. 

Also, Boaler argues that memorization of boring math facts, such as times tables, turns students off from math. Often, they’re high achieving students who have the kind of creative minds that would otherwise excel at it. 

The most compelling research evidence that Boaler presents is about how… pressure provokes math anxiety in many students.…A 2013 University of Chicago study found that that the working memory portion of the brain becomes blocked in stressed students and they cannot access the math facts that they know. Over time, the anxiety builds and their confidence erodes. 

The human brain is forgetful by nature, she argues...Students who learned primarily through rote [memorization] might freeze during an inevitable moment of forgetfulness, and be unable to think through the problem and come to an answer efficiently. 

Mary Mokris, a senior advisor there, defended the importance of learning times tables so thoroughly that it becomes automatic. “You need that automaticity to build a foundation and go to the next step,” she said, adding that measuring speed was also important because it helps the instructor gauge how well the student has mastered the material. 

As for research, Mokris pointed to brain science studies that have shown that repetition helps build synapses in the brain. “Until you have the repetition, you can’t build the paths,” she said.And indeed, when you dig deeper into Boaler’s paper, she is a big fan of practice and repetition. But Boaler distinguishes this from blind memorization. 

Ultimately we need more research to show what kind of practice works best.

Note from The Gals: It seems like our system may provide the missing link discussed in this article. Perhaps this is something they will someday research...meanwhile we'll be providing the proof. ;)
Were any giraffes harmed in the making of this product?
No ;) ;)
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