Oxton House has two effective, affordable items for teachers, tutors, and parents
who want to help their children and students develop fluent arithmetic skills:
In addition, we publish a truly unique book on the history of mathematics designed
to be an efficient, readable reference for middle school and high school teachers:
Here’s what makes this book unique:
Instead of being organized chronologically, the main section of this book is a collection
of 25 “sketches,” 4- to 6-page histories of topics that come up in high school and
early college mathematics. These can be used independently of each other, in any
order, to fit your needs.
It comes in two versions: — an economical 216-page paperback and
— a 274-page hardbound Expanded Edition that includes all the same text material
as the original plus 54 added pages of questions and projects.
Nimble Numeracy is a small, compact book rich in insightful background information
and explicit techniques for teaching counting and basic arithmetic. It gives special
attention to developing fluent familiarity with the language of numbers.
Speed Drills for Arithmetic Facts is a48-page packet of carefully constructed exercises
to help students become auto- matic and fluent with the basic facts of the four fundamental
operations of elementary arithmetic.
“.... The book’s strength is that it demonstrates a consistent pattern of instruction.
Direct instruction is followed by oral practice and writing numerals and number
words. The author discusses areas that might be difficult for students...and suggests
how to practice to build fluency.... Teachers of primary and middle elementary grades
will find this book useful fordeveloping number concepts and the fluency that children
need to build a strong sense of number.”
Teaching Children Mathematics
A review of Nimble Numeracy
“... this delightfully written summary of the historical development of mathematics
should be in the arsenal of every teacher of mathematics.... Brief, to the point,
informative, and entertaining to boot.”
Keith Devlin, Stanford University,
author of The Millenium Problems,
The Math Gene, and Mathematics, The New Golden Age