In MOVE IT Math™, virtually every elementary school student masters Monster Addition and Monster Subtraction in Grade 1. The justifiable pride they realize in such accomplishments defies any feelings of inadequacy they or their teachers and parents may feel about their ability in math. They believe they can do anything, even learn how to read. There you have it — the reason for imposing such astounding expectations on young children: self-esteem and self-confidence based on achievement, not hype!
Monster Addition and Monster Subtraction aren’t about discarding calculators and “getting back to the basics” — those of paper-and-pencil math. It is about accomplishing something human that can’t be achieved with a calculator: empowerment. When a young child can flawlessly add and subtract even 10-digit numbers with paper and pencil, they know they know. When they punch numbers into a calculator, all they know is that the calculator knows.
The prerequisites for Monster Addition are the addition facts and the Addition Facts Algorithm. Those for Monster Subtraction are the subtraction facts and the standard subtraction algorithm coupled with an understanding of how a place value numeration system works. In MOVE IT Math™, these topics are covered in the Number Facts key and the Fair Lands™ key.
The culminating activities for this booklet are to become certified in Monster Addition and Monster Subtraction (and thereby becoming members of the Monster Math Club of America!). The materials for that purpose are contained in another free MOVE IT Math™ e-book: Monster Math Certification & Awards Program.
Becoming certified in Monster Addition and Monster Subtraction achieves two purposes: For students, it documents mastery. For teachers, it validates closure for the topics of addition and subtraction of whole numbers. Except for periodic review, there is no need to teach these topics again year after year. By deleting what would be unnecessary redundancy, the standard elementary school math curriculum can be shifted down by about 2 years, making pre-algebra a 6th grade course for all students.