CalcuPaks / Calculadders
These are great - painless, quick, easy to take and good for you - no wonder they're called "Learning Vitamins." These are designed to get the brain working quickly and automatically - a must before going into higher-level math! We have seen marked improvement in our children's computational speed and skill after using these. Advantages over other drill sheets we've seen (and used) are the sheer variety in the sheets and the incremental level of difficulty from one sheet to the next. Cute graphics "grow" up the margins of the page as students progress, adding to the visual appeal, and an appropriate scripture verse is a definite plus (if you're drilling several students, the ones who finish ahead can meditate on something worthwhile!).
Although the print versions of the Calculadders have gone out of print and the MasterPaks versions have been discontinued, the publisher has transitioned their successful drill program to a windows-driven computer software. CalcuPak 1 contains CalcuLadders 1-3 and ReadyWriter, while CalcuPak 2 contains CalcuLadders 4-6 and AlphaBetter. The software comes on CD and runs on Windows or Mac. Information is included with the CD on obtaining an activation key for setup. After installation, open up the application and you'll see all of the volumes listed. You can easily print off as many of each drill as you need from this screen, as well as keys and achievement records. Another great feature of the CalcuPack is the CalcuClock™ which can time up to five different students in one sitting. You can shut down the timer if they finish before their time runs out, and when you enter their scores, it will calculate accuracy and performance scores.