A Series of
Teaching Guides and Workbooks
Developed for SPECIAL
EDUCATION
Students
By
Ernestine Sadotti Smith
The Math Lifeboat breaks math into small, elemental, logical steps that enable the slowest students to make progress one step at a time, while brighter students enjoy breezing through the easy lessons which steep them in math fundamentals.
The Math Lifeboat materials are specifically intended for:
SPECIAL EDUCATION teachers and administrators.
They describe math materials for 1st and 2nd grade levels.
They are also recommended for :
Regular education as diagnostic and remedial supplements.
Chapter I programs.
Compensatory education programs.
Teacher training in elementary special education math.
Tutors or parents of students at the K, 1, 2, or 3 level.
BOOKS 1 AND 2 ARE NOW AVAILABLE
With Book 1 students learn to count, add and subtract using manipulatives and a numberline, then transfer to intermediate methods of adding and subtracting in preparation for doing mental computation. They are taught to write equations and to solve different kinds of problems in picture form as preparation for solving word problems later on. There are fresh approaches to column addition, time, money, missing addends, and other first grade skills.

With Book 2 students learn to derive all of the addition facts efficiently by taking maximum advantage of a few memorized facts from which the others are easily derived. They learn an alternate way to subtract. Place value is taught in easily mastered steps which develop the critical skill of seeing a 2place number as a position in a counting sequence, as a collection of ones, and (simultaneously) as a combination of tens and ones. Then 2place addition and subtraction are taught in such a way that regrouping is not introduced prematurely. An extensive Problem Solving Section (31 lessons) bypasses reading and teaches the student to distinguish problems requiring addition from those requiring subtraction. Extensive units on time and money emphasize hidden critical steps. The final unit introduces easy ways to derive multiplication tables. 
Contact the author at esmith@themathlifeboat.com with any questions.