This is a sponsored post. It was written by Anna Myers Busenitz.
Math and Love Don’t Mix?
The unlikely story of how CalcuLadder® became Homeschoolers’ Favorite Math Drills worldwide and helped thousands of kids to FALL IN LOVE with Math!
My parents started homeschooling in 1980 – back before most people had even heard of homeschooling! Homeschooling wasn’t easy. They had three kids and another one on the way.
There were few educational materials available to homeschoolers at the time. Mom and Dad had to research for a long time before they found curriculum publishers that would sell to individual families. (The internet wasn’t around back then. ☺)
One day, when my dad came home from work, he decided to test my brother Matthew’s ability in math. Dad shares, “I still remember when I found out that our 7-year-old son—who was finishing up a second grade math workbook—couldn’t add:
‘Say, Matthew, what’s 7 + 4 ?’
‘Uh, 7 + 4 ?’ Matt replied. ‘Let’s see. . . 7, (and his fingers went under the table as he whispered slowly) 8, 9, 10, 11 . . . 11 !’
Each problem I asked went that way. He understood the concept, and could use a concrete procedure (counting fingers) to get the answer (most of the time!) after 7 or 8 laborious seconds.
‘Two years with workbooks haven’t given Matthew the level of skill he needs,’ I thought. ‘He’ll really get bogged down in multi-digit multiplication and long division, where he’s got to use addition and subtraction routinely on his way to getting the answer. If he learns to multiply and divide no better than he adds and subtracts, then fractions will be a disaster!’”
Dad remembered using math drills as a kid in elementary school in the 1950s. He knew that math drills would be the solution for Matthew. He researched everywhere, but couldn’t find any math drills published in print anywhere. So, he decided to fill an educational need by creating the CalcuLadders—quick, potent drills to bridge the gap between just “knowing about” and doing well. For several arduous months, he came home each evening from his full-time job as a geophysicist and spent hours into the night developing the CalcuLadders. Mom spent many long hours illustrating them. They ended up creating six CalcuLadder books, covering addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions & mixed numbers, English and Metric units, Roman numerals, percents, geometric concepts, and more! They also created ReadyWriter® Penmanship, AlphaBetter®, and SanctiFinder® – a series known as The Learning Vitamins®!
After trying out the drills on us kids, Dad and Mom marketed them for sale with only occasional success at private school teacher conventions. (Homeschool bookfairs didn’t exist in those days.) Dad sent out thousands of promotional mailers, and had only one response. It seemed impossible that our home business would succeed. Dad still had to work full-time in order to support the family.
In 1988, we began going to the abortion clinic to pray. Within a few months, God blessed us directly because of our pro-life involvement – CalcuLadder won the national homeschool “Pick of the Crop” Award!
Things changed literally overnight. Immediately, orders began pouring in. We had to stop printing the books on our basement printing press, and got a local printer to supply the demand. My dad quit his job as a senior engineer to work full-time with the business. Over 80 companies and hundreds of Christian bookstores began carrying our books. Our home business provided “jobs” for us children, as we did data entry, shipping, and accounting.
CalcuLadder, ReadyWriter, and AlphaBetter have been used by a million home, Christian, and private school students in over 60 countries around the globe. Thousands of customers have written to let us know just how much they LOVE CalcuLadders!
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To keep our products as economical and user-friendly as possible, we now offer our drills for download on the “CalcuPak” computer app so they can be printed out and used as needed!
Additionally, the printed, hard-copy drills are also available, accompanied by my dad’s new invention the “Super Slate”!
We eventually grew to a family of 12 kids, and I’m number six. My dad still likes to joke, “Nellie and I only wanted two kids — we just never got the two we wanted!” ☺
It hasn’t always been easy with the downturn in the economy. We weren’t always sure if ends would meet, so we learned hard work and perseverance. We strive to honor Jesus and serve our customers well. With the Lord’s blessing, we look forward to serving the homeschool community for years to come!
“My granddaughter loves doing your drills! CalcuLadder is the most comprehensive and effective drill program I’ve found.”
– Mary P., Washington
“We really love CalcuLadders! We have used them for years and plan to use them many, many more, our oldest is 21 and our youngest is 4. ☺”
– Sherri A., New York
“I used CalcuLadder with all my six children. These were the best part of their school day! They are my favorite! They were my kids’ favorite! They looked forward to doing the CalcuLadders everyday!”
– Judith F., Saskatchewan
Math and Love DO Mix with CalcuLadder!
The Learning Vitamins® – CalcuLadder®, ReadyWriter®, AlphaBetter®, and SanctFinder® – were written by Dr. Ed Myers, homeschool dad and rocket scientist. These amazing drills build speed and accuracy! Now, in 2018, over a million students worldwide have used and love the Learning Vitamins!
We are offering two FREE giveaways of your choice of the CalcuPak 1 or CalcuPak 2 – a $28.95 value each!
CalcuPak 1 includes all the guides, drills, and keys in CalcuLadder books 1, 2, and 3, plus ReadyWriter as a free bonus unit! CalcuPak 2 includes all material from CalcuLadder books 4, 5, and 6, plus AlphaBetter as a free bonus! With the CalcuPak software applications, you can browse, select, print out, and time the CalcuLadder drills, keys, achievement records with ease! Print out as many copies of the drills as you need them, when you need them for your homeschool classroom!
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