My new comprehensive, grade-level curriculum will help you teach math with confidence all year long. Each year consists of a scripted, open-and-go instructor’s guide along with a lovely, full-color student workbook. I’ve aimed to make these books easy-to-use, affordable, rigorous, and FUN. Learn more about the program here.

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Math Facts That Stick

This fun, engaging program will teach your children the math facts once and for all–without hours of timed tests or flash cards. All the books are scripted and open-and-go, packed with easy-to-use lesson plans, fun games, and simple practice pages to help your child master the math facts.

Preschool Math at Home

Giving your preschooler a solid foundation in math doesn’t have to be complicated. Learn how to use fun, purposeful activities to give your preschooler deep number sense with the numbers to 10 in just 5 minutes a day.

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Just bought all of your book and pre-ordered your multiplication and division! Love your method! Keep it up!

Will I need any manipulatives for the books? I have Cuisinaire rods, base 10 blocks, “unifix” cubes, Lego’s, abacus, math balance and more. We like to play math games and do hands on work since it has helped three of my four kids and both nephews. Just wondering if I need anything else to use your strategies. Thanks.

No, I use a paper ten-frame with counters so that parents don’t have to buy anything extra and so children can easily move the counters to learn the different addition strategies.

Hello Kate!
Do you have any plans for writing a math curriculum? We finished our math curriculum early in the year, and have been using your Addition Facts. I love it so much!! If you had a full curriculum, I would switch in a heartbeat!! Thank you for all you do!

Aww, thanks for the kind words! I am indeed working on a full curriculum, but unfortunately it will be quite a while before any of the books are published. (Kindergarten will hopefully be released Summer 2020, with more books to follow each year.) Perhaps if you have some younger kids? 🙂

It’s Diana from Hawaii -it’s been a while since we’ve been in contact on Facebook or in your online video courses 🙂 I’ve learned so much from you and your courses…and teaching math to my five year old son is working beautifully…but I’m still struggling with my older, now eight year old, daughter…and I am strongly suspecting some type of left/right processing issues. She finished Singapore K, and then mid way through Singapore Primary Math 1, we switched from RightStart Math Level A (about a year ago), which helped tremendously. But as we move into double digits and place value in RSM Level B, we are stuck again and can’t seem to get past Assessment 1. She still often confuses her right/left hands, writes her numbers 3, 7 backwards, has problems with the teens/tens, writes place value backwards (for example, she reads/writes 18 as 81), and reads/”sees” the number line from right to left…I wouldn’t say these are issues 100% of the time, but definitely a large majority of the time, despite working on the concepts for two years now. We are still progressing, but so very, very, slowly. I’m at the point where I feel like I need someone with more expertise to see if there are processing issues here or not, and I’m wondering if you might provide online tutoring services? or if you have any recommendations on where I could go for tutoring help in this type of situation.

I’m afraid my writing schedule doesn’t allow me to do much tutoring at the moment, but I don’t think I’d be the best person to help, either. What you’re describing sounds more like a specific learning issue that a local expert would likely be most helpful with. I’d suggest looking for a local learning disability testing practice to do a consultation with and possibly some testing. (Your pediatrician may be able to recommend someone.)

Math-wise, in the mean time use whatever kinds of helps or scaffolding your daughter needs to help her be successful. You may be doing these things already, but I’d suggest a place-value chart, number samples taped to her desk, and a chart labeling left and right. These will help take the cognitive load off her working memory so that she can focus on the math concepts without the directionality issues getting in the way.

Great to hear from you! I hope you’re able to get to the bottom of things. It sounds like you’re doing a great job teaching her and paying attention to what she needs.
Kate

Hi Kate
Just wondering what your thoughts are on Saxon math? We have started using it with our 11yo son. I’m not sure what to think of it however not incredibly satisfied with it .

I wrote a “mini-review” on Saxon a while ago on Facebook. Here’s the link for my thoughts on it, along with some helpful comments by moms who have used it.

Hi Kate! I have a daughter diagnosed with NLD syndrome. Primarily a weakness in right brain processes, including intuition, where most specific learning disabilities are right brain-visually-strong. DD, now 8, requires a highly sequential systematic mastery method for learning where each skill is worked on separately from the others along with very explicit verbal instruction. We are currently working with an educational specialist familiar with NLD to adapt multiple programs to meet DD’s needs as none that she has ever come across have been tailored for the NLD brain-it being a low incidence disability. A few come close, but move way too fast for mastery to be acquired before the next thing. Many of the activities I’ve previewed in your series are identical to those she used in her office to get a sense of DD’s ability. Her first advice was to teach subitizing using ten frames. I am so thrilled to have come across your math resources. I know you are working on a curriculum and I do hope there will be more of the same–addressing skills sequentially and individually.

Another comment/question. I’ve purchased the preschool and addition facts books from Well Trained Mind. I’ve read the introduction of Addition Facts That Stick and in the section on readiness DD is able to count to 20, she recognizes most written numbers up to 20, but still confuses a few–she has a visual processing weakness, understands the concept of addition (we did Waldorf math last year and worked with all 4 processes simultaneously along with skip counting and rhythm activities, year before we used Charlotte Mason Arithmetic book 1 that also covered all 4 processes indirectly, for preschool we used Rod and Staff workbooks), but her understanding of place value is still not there. Her number sense is fairly strong up to 4, but 5 gets tricky and 6 is definitely a challenge–she has to count to figure out most equations and still relies heavily on manipulatives. I am wondering if we should spend some time in the preschool book to start. See above regarding recent advice to take it sequentially focussing on just one skill at a time to mastery before moving to the next. Would welcome your thoughts. I’ve also a very keene 3 year 9month old.

It sounds like you’re doing a fabulous job finding resources to help your daughter thrive. Starting with subitizing the quantities to 10 sounds like a great place to work on next. The preschool book definitely is a good starting place for that, and you can also add tallies, nickels and pennies, or anything else arranged in combinations of “5 and some more”.

Would you be interested in joining my first grade curriculum pilot test group? It begins with those subitizing skills and then moves into addition facts, so it might be a good fit for where your daughter is at now. You can read about the pilot program here. If you’re interested, you can send me an email at the Contact link above (under About), and we can get you set up.

Hi Kate, first of all I would like to thank you for your wonderful website! I am writting from Brazil and since I have found out your Math Help site I have been using Primary Math (Singapore Math) Standards Edition! It’s been so good! I have bought Division Facts that Stick and is very good as well!
Last year I took your Seminar “Fractions That Make Sense” on Well Trained Mind. It is wonderful, the best thing to help me teach my son!
Recently I have tryed to see it again, mas there is some problem over there.
I have contacted the support, but have had no answer.
I can only see the course “Math that makes sense”, but rigth now I really have to learn (and teach my son), about fractions multiplication and division.
I would appreciate if you could help with that.

I’m so glad you found the fractions course helpful! They changed their website, so things are slightly different. To find the course, go to this link and type Snow in the Course Title box. Then, the course should come right up.

Hi again!
Steve from WTMA have emailed me and informed me that was a problem indeed with the course (Fractions that make sense) and my registration, but fortunately he has fixed it.
This time I would like to know if there is some book or material to be used while wacthing the third lecture of the course (Multiplication and Division).
Sorry to bother you with these question, bit I am little bit lost in the third lecture.
The first and the second recorded lectures are full of examples and pictures that you draw to show the fractios and the computation. It is really easy to see and undertand everything.
The third video though shows no examples and no pictures. It is only you talking to the audience. Is it rigth? That’s why I would like to know if there is a book or some written material to be used with the lecture. Because I am not a English native speaker it is a little bit harder to me to follow the third lesson.
Thank you in advance again!

Yes, the recording got messed up for the third lecture! I had forgotten! So sorry about that. Please send me an email at the contact form above (in the About heading), and I’ll send you the annotated slides.

Hi! How fast do you suggest to move through your books. Should the addition and subtraction be taught in the same year or in consecutive years. We love your books! Thank you
Kim

One per year is a good pace for a lot of kids: addition in 1st, subtraction in 2nd, multiplication in 3rd, and division in 4th. It’s also fine to do them back-to-back in the same year as well, especially if your curriculum calls for mastering them in a particular grade.

Is there a sample or preview of your Kindergarten Math curriculum that’s coming out in May? We’re starting to plan for our Kindergarten year and deciding on Math has me in a tizzy! Thanks!

No preview yet, but it should be up soon. My best guess is that it will be up early in April on the Well-Trained Mind Press site, hopefully followed by a sample on Amazon soon after. The Amazon page for it has a brief description to give you a flavor of it, but I know there’s nothing like looking at actual samples!

If you have any specific questions I can answer, feel free to leave them here. 🙂

I did read through the description on Amazon. I was just curious what a typical lesson will look like. I am definitely a visual learner and like to see something when I’m making a decision! I’ll look forward to the preview in a few weeks.

Hello!
I really enjoyed your webinar this evening as part of the Brave Writer Homebound online conference. Your ideas really struck a chord with me, and I’m eager to try them with my 2nd grader. I’d like to start by trying your free subtraction and addition facts tests, to see what he already knows. I am unable to access the tests from this website (I click, and nothing happens). Not sure where the problem lies, but I would appreciate any assistance you can provide. I’d like to assess his learning so far before deciding which of your “Facts that Stick” books to order. Thanks so much for sharing your enthusiasm and encouragement! Kind regards, Annelise

Sorry you’re having trouble printing the tests! Please send me an email at the contact link above (in the top menu, under Ask Kate), and I can email them to you directly.

Glad you enjoyed the webinar, and happy math!
Kate

Any kind of counter that’s 3/4 inch or less works great, so you likely already have something around the house. Counting bears, foam blocks, Legos….anything that your child can easily handle and move around will do the job.

Hi Kate!
Love the work you are doing and would like to buy your books for my daughter. Our country is in a lock down and we are nor sure when international shipping will be possible. Is there any way to buy digital versions of the books?
Thanks!

Hi Kate!
Apologies if this has already been asked.. I am doing your preschool math at home with my 4 yr old. I also have your addition facts that stick. After we finish your preschool math, where do I go next? Should I do addition facts or Righstart A? I will be starting RightStart with my older three so as much as I WANT to try your K program, I don’t have capacity for two programs as they grow. 😉 anyways. I’m wondering what’s the next step after finishing your Preschool book. Thanks!!

I totally hear you on not wanting to manage two programs! Go to RightStart A first, and then use Addition Facts that Stick as needed in RSB to help your child master the facts.

Thank you! One last question.. is it possible to go into Rightstart B instead of RightStart A from your preschool math and take two years to complete it? My daughter is in that interesting phase between being an older preschooler and a young Kindergartner. I was thinking of just taking two years to complete Kindergarten with her but I still want her days to be fun and relaxed as a preschooler’s should be. Or should I really just do Rightstart A with her in one year? (wondering how to keep it fun and age-appropriate and also cost-effective since she is my last)

No, I wouldn’t recommend that at all. RightStart B moves quickly into difficult topics (like two-digit mental addition and place-value) that are quite conceptually challenging. I think you’d have a lot of frustration and tears without the foundation that level A provides.

Aw I wish 2nd grade was available! I’m an ESE teacher in FL and my mother is going to teach my son for the 20-21 school year. We will use your multiplication book to supplement! She’s never homeschooled but she is looking forward to staying home with her grandson!!

Is Kindergarten Math with Confidence appropriate preparation for the Singapore sequence or is it better to use something like the Essentials A and B books? If it covers the necessary material, it looks like your K program would be more interactive and fun than the Essentials books. Thanks.

Yes, Kindergarten Math with Confidence leads well into the Singapore books. They take a similar conceptual approach and cover the same material, just in a different way.

Hi Kate, my daughter will be 4 in September and already counts to 100+, counts objects and writes numbers, can do simple adding and subtracting. I’m really interested in starting a SM program with her, but am afraid Preschool Math at home may be too easy while Dimensions pre-K seems intense (though I would be willing to put in the work if it was best for her). I had her take the Dimensions KA placement test this morning and she got 75% correct.
What do you think is appropriate for us to start? Thank you in advance!

I think you’re right that the pre-K may be unnecessary and overly-complicated. With a 75%, she definitely needs some more work with those skills–I’d go with Dimensions KA and plan to zip through the parts she already knows.

Hi Kate,
I just purchased Addition Facts that Stick and am so excited to use it! My son is starting Singapore’s Primary Mathematics 1A this year, I’m wondering if you would recommend using AFTS first and then jumping into Primary Math? Or, waiting until I get to the addition section of Primary Math and then pausing it to use AFTS? Thank you!

I recommend beginning Addition Facts That Stick at the end of 1A (after Unit 6) and simply adding it as a warm-up to your Singapore lessons. (If you find that this makes math time too long, do half of a Singapore lesson each day.) If you decide to use Subtraction Facts That Stick, start it whenever you finish Addition, sometime in the middle of 1B.

Hello Kate,
I heard about your books from a friend and as we recently started homeschooling I am searching for the right 1st grade math curriculum for my daughter. She loves math and I want to keep it that way. What do you recommend for 1st, since I see your book won’t be out until 2021. I have been considering Math U See, or using the free curriculum that is open from SFUSD. Thank you!

I bought your book Preschool Math At Home for my 4 1/2 year old son and it is going so well! We are on the subitizing chapter and I was shocked at how easily he jumped from pointing and counting to seeing numbers. Your sequence of activities is so well thought out! Just want to say thank you so much! I’m excited to get your kindergarten curriculum after he’s done, even though he’s a year away from an official start, just to keep the math enthusiasm going! 🙂

Hi. My family and I really like your math books, and we especially like playing the games. Do you think you will ever come out with an app for android, apple, or amazon freetime? Thanks.

I’m definitely more of a writer than app devloper, so probably not. But who knows? Maybe once I finish the Math with Confidence series I’ll be ready to learn some new skills… 🙂

I’m definitely more of a writer than app developer, so probably not. But who knows? Maybe once I finish the Math with Confidence series I’ll be ready to learn some new skills… 🙂

I have been looking for some material for my 4 year old(almost 5 in few months) to teach him Math and make his foundation of understanding Math ,I just love the book (Kindergarten Math with confidence),I like the style of methods to teach kids,thanks.I have seen other books kn your website Addition facts that stick etc,Do you recommend to take those books as well in addition to the one I already have.

They’re not based on the Common Core. However, like most homeschool math programs, the Math with Confidence series generally meets or exceeds the grade-level common core standards.

The order is addition, subtraction, multiplication, and then division. But, with older kids, you may find that you don’t need to do all of them, and the assessments here on my site will help you decide. Start with the addition test, and then use the scoring guide to figure out whether to start with Addition Facts That Stick or move on to the subtraction test.

Best wishes in your teaching, and happy math!
Kate

We love KMC. My daughter is suppose to be in 3rd grade math. However, with a lot of factors I felt that it is better to start her over with a better foundation. It is clicking which is great and she loves the work book. It’s so easy for her which is building her confidence level so much. She says now that she loves math. Win!
So my question, After finishing G1MC what would you recommend for 2nd and 3rd grades since those books come out way into the future? I really love Right start but the price is wowzer. I appreciate your help Thanks so much Binah.. P.s my son loves it and he is in k and my 4 year old love the preschool one however even tough it is just play time she wants to do workbooks just like her older sister and brother. Just an idea for maybe for those who want it.

So glad that MWC has helped your daughter enjoy math more and feel more confident! Take a look at my article on choosing curriculum for all my in-depth reviews. Also, you might consider using the Activities for the AL Abacus (review here) along with my Facts That Stick books if you’d like to try to catch her up on an accelerated pace but still make sure she hits all those important basics.

Is the first grade book still on track for spring of 2021? My child is in first grade now, but we are slightly behind in math and I would love to purchase it this spring and work through the summer and fall and then start the 2nd grade book midway through second grade.

We just started your addition facts that stick and she already loves the games!

My son will be doing kindergarten in the fall and I’ll be using your kindergarten book. I only wish you had your other books available for my first grader!

So glad you and your daughter are enjoying Addition Facts That Stick! Yes, First Grade MWC is on track for May 2021. We plan to release a new book each spring, so Second Grade will come out in spring of 2022.

I have a third grader who still needs to work on addition and subtraction. I purchased all of your “facts that stick” book – is there an ideal order I should run through all of these books with him or can I jump in with any book when needed (ie” right now they are getting started on division, but he still struggles with the other 3, so is it ok to start there or does he need to learn the others first?) If there is a specific order – what order do you suggest?

I recommend that you go in order: first addition, then subtraction, then multiplication, and finally division. Each operation builds on the previous ones. (For example, he’ll use addition to figure out the multiplication facts at first, so it’s important that he have a strong grasp of the addition facts first.)

Kate, I am very impressed and happy with your math books. It really helped me catch up my 2nd grader, who seemed to learn almost nothing last year (probably in part due to the pandemic, but also he has since been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder). We are big fans! I am writing to ask if you have advice for teaching algebra, as it seems you are focused on the younger grades. My 8th grader who does well in school does not seem to be getting as much as he should out of algebra (perhaps due to the remote learning) and I know he needs this for future classes (including physics, stats and other high school classes) so I’d like to build up his foundation. Do you have any suggestions for a program, workbook, or app? Thanks so much!

I like the Key to Algebra series for algebra remediation. They’re visual, not overwhelming, and they give a thorough review of all those important skills. They’d likely be a great fit for a child with auditory processing disorder, since they’re so visual.

Hi. I am in LOVE with your math with confidence curriculum and wonder if you have plans to go past 4th grade? If so, what grade level will the series stop?

Hello. I just found your curriculum. I am a certified teacher, and now have a microschool in my home. I am loving this approach to math. I was looking for hands on and mastery since we do a lot of growth mindset and exploratory learning. I LOVE the literature component to your curriculum. I have 8 kiddos ranging from K-2nd and will be getting the Kinder and 1st grade curriculum. Are you needing any students to pilot your second grade math? If so, pls keep us in mind. I would love to see how it works in our setting.

So glad the program feels like a good fit for your microschool! Pilot testing for second grade is complete, so I’m not looking for more pilot testers at this point. Thanks for offering, though!

Best wishes in your teaching, and Happy Math!
Kate

I had been searching for a Math curriculum for my son that was a good fit. It is the perfect balance of instruction, student participation, and independent work. Math with Confidence has been amazing for both of us. We love it. Please develop curricula beyond grade 4. He is technically K but using grade 1.

Hi, do you recommend using your “facts that stick” books together with your MWC books? We are currently using your MWC First grade book. We love it. My daughter is actually asking for more activities though. I want to take advantage of her interest without overwhelming her though. Any advice from you is much appreciated.

MWC teaches the facts thoroughly. For most kids, it’s enough review and practice to fully master them. So, there’s no need to use the Facts That Stick books along with MWC unless you find that she needs more practice. If she’s looking for more, you might consider playing some of her favorite games multiple times. Or, she might enjoy some other math challenges or games, like Mighty Mind or Balance Benders.

I am debating between AOPS academy and Russian school of Math (both online) classes for my 8 year old daughter. I read your review for AOPS/Beast academy and was wondering if you have any thoughts on Russian school of math too.

Hi, I have bought your preschool book and is going to purchase the Kindergarten series soon. I stumbled upon the Addition Facts that Sticks and wish to find out does the Kindergarten series covered the concepts in Addition book or should I order both?

Math with Confidence covers the math facts thoroughly, so no need to buy both at this point. She families like to use Facts That Stick as summer review, but you don’t need to add it in unless you feel your child needs extra review and practice after first grade.

Hi Kate,
I’m looking for a maths curriculum for my 6 year old daughter. We live in Australia and I was wondering if you could please recommend a good curriculum that uses metric system for measurement?
Thank you,
L

Yes, manipulatives are an important part of the program for helping kids concretely understand the concepts, especially for the younger ages. Starting in third grade, there will be more visual representations of concepts in the workbook, but manipulatives will still be part of the program.

Hi, I just received MWC1 in the mail and am very excited to start it with my 5 y.o. We are about to finish the old version of TGTB K math and I’m hoping that the transition will work well. My son is able to add up to 10 in his head most times now (sometimes he still needs manipulatives) but I noticed that he has difficulty counting larger groups of objects (8-20) when they are in random order. I think he forgets which one he has already counted if objects aren’t organized. Do you have any suggestions for exercises to help him improve with this? Also, I noticed that the teacher guide mentions that kids should follow the arrows when tracing numbers on the worksheets (example Lesson 1.1A) but there are no arrows printed. Not a big deal but I figured I would mention it in. 🙂

Thanks for that typo alert, Anya! I’ll get that corrected in the next printing.

For counting, he probably just needs more practice. Suggest he start in one corner, plan out his counting path in advance, and then and move systematically through the path. Start with lower numbers and gradually move up, and I bet he’ll get it soon.

I absolutely love Kindergarten and 1st Grade Math with Confidence. My only wish is that these were created sooner. Already pre-ordered 2nd grade and cant wait!

This is my first year homeschooling my 7-year-old. She completed kindergarten in public schools. I am not sure which book set to get due to the fact that she still struggles with some things that are kindergarten, like large number recognition, calendar, and the coin’s name and worth.

Hi Victoria, all those topics are reviewed in First Grade Math with Confidence, so I bet you’ll be in good shape moving on to First Grade MWC (or another first grade program).

Awesome math program! We have used K & 1 here and have found both levels to be a very enjoyable pace while being very focused and incremental. I am curious if you plan to keep with the parent/ teacher-led lessons throughout your math levels or do you foresee ever transitioning to a more independent lesson instruction style in the higher grades such as video lessons? Thanks!

So glad you’re enjoying the program! I expect that the lessons will gradually become more streamlined and slightly more independent as we move up the grades, but the parent will definitely still be involved (and the main source of instruction). The interaction of a live conversation is difficult to replace with a video, and children often end up with very superficial knowledge when they don’t have a parent holding them accountable and asking questions to check for understanding. That said, I know it’s a lot to teach multiple math lessons in a day in addition to all the other subjects, so I will be tweaking the program to be less parent-intense and time-consuming for parents.

We are doing Kindergarten Math with Confidence with our 5 year old and I love it so much that I’m planning buy the Preschool book for my 2 year. I bought your curriculum because when I read through one of the lessons, I actually started to cry! The way you teach subitizing and how quantities do not change do to location or formation is really sowing more than just math. It’s sowing the TRUTH that truth is objective and unchangeable, no matter what changes around us. This is why teaching math is so important to this generation of children. It moved my heart and mind so greatly that I knew it was the math choice for our family. It’s also been accommodating to be able to use household objects. We have four children, a “pair” of boys and a “pair” of girls. They all came to visit, as drawings, for our lesson on the number 4. 🙂 We are having a great time. My younger two ask for math lessons, which is so encouraging. Thank you for your work. The Lord is present in it. <3

Hi, Kate. Do you know anyone who’s used your program to teach Autistic children math? my daughter has just recently been diagnosed with Autism. She’s also has a learning disability, and is several years behind traditional students. Was wondering what your thoughts are on using this program for her, just starting homeschooling last year, public school was to over overwhelming for her.
Thanks!

Yes, many families with autistic children use Math with Confidence and fit that it works well for their children. If you’d like to connect more with families that use the program, you might want to join the MWC Community Facebook group so you can directly ask about the experiences of parents of kids with special needs.

Just bought all of your book and pre-ordered your multiplication and division! Love your method! Keep it up!

Thanks so much, Cel!

Will I need any manipulatives for the books? I have Cuisinaire rods, base 10 blocks, “unifix” cubes, Lego’s, abacus, math balance and more. We like to play math games and do hands on work since it has helped three of my four kids and both nephews. Just wondering if I need anything else to use your strategies. Thanks.

Hi Tabitha,

You should be all set with those manipulative. The only other thing you’ll need is a deck of cards.

Happy math!

Kate

In your Math Facts that Stick series, to you teach with an abacus?

Hi Tommie,

No, I use a paper ten-frame with counters so that parents don’t have to buy anything extra and so children can easily move the counters to learn the different addition strategies.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hello Kate!

Do you have any plans for writing a math curriculum? We finished our math curriculum early in the year, and have been using your Addition Facts. I love it so much!! If you had a full curriculum, I would switch in a heartbeat!! Thank you for all you do!

Hi Megan,

Aww, thanks for the kind words! I am indeed working on a full curriculum, but unfortunately it will be quite a while before any of the books are published. (Kindergarten will hopefully be released Summer 2020, with more books to follow each year.) Perhaps if you have some younger kids? 🙂

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate,

It’s Diana from Hawaii -it’s been a while since we’ve been in contact on Facebook or in your online video courses 🙂 I’ve learned so much from you and your courses…and teaching math to my five year old son is working beautifully…but I’m still struggling with my older, now eight year old, daughter…and I am strongly suspecting some type of left/right processing issues. She finished Singapore K, and then mid way through Singapore Primary Math 1, we switched from RightStart Math Level A (about a year ago), which helped tremendously. But as we move into double digits and place value in RSM Level B, we are stuck again and can’t seem to get past Assessment 1. She still often confuses her right/left hands, writes her numbers 3, 7 backwards, has problems with the teens/tens, writes place value backwards (for example, she reads/writes 18 as 81), and reads/”sees” the number line from right to left…I wouldn’t say these are issues 100% of the time, but definitely a large majority of the time, despite working on the concepts for two years now. We are still progressing, but so very, very, slowly. I’m at the point where I feel like I need someone with more expertise to see if there are processing issues here or not, and I’m wondering if you might provide online tutoring services? or if you have any recommendations on where I could go for tutoring help in this type of situation.

As always, thank you so much for your help! Diana

Hi Diana,

I’m afraid my writing schedule doesn’t allow me to do much tutoring at the moment, but I don’t think I’d be the best person to help, either. What you’re describing sounds more like a specific learning issue that a local expert would likely be most helpful with. I’d suggest looking for a local learning disability testing practice to do a consultation with and possibly some testing. (Your pediatrician may be able to recommend someone.)

Math-wise, in the mean time use whatever kinds of helps or scaffolding your daughter needs to help her be successful. You may be doing these things already, but I’d suggest a place-value chart, number samples taped to her desk, and a chart labeling left and right. These will help take the cognitive load off her working memory so that she can focus on the math concepts without the directionality issues getting in the way.

Great to hear from you! I hope you’re able to get to the bottom of things. It sounds like you’re doing a great job teaching her and paying attention to what she needs.

Kate

Hi Kate

Just wondering what your thoughts are on Saxon math? We have started using it with our 11yo son. I’m not sure what to think of it however not incredibly satisfied with it .

Hi Suzanne,

I wrote a “mini-review” on Saxon a while ago on Facebook. Here’s the link for my thoughts on it, along with some helpful comments by moms who have used it.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate! I have a daughter diagnosed with NLD syndrome. Primarily a weakness in right brain processes, including intuition, where most specific learning disabilities are right brain-visually-strong. DD, now 8, requires a highly sequential systematic mastery method for learning where each skill is worked on separately from the others along with very explicit verbal instruction. We are currently working with an educational specialist familiar with NLD to adapt multiple programs to meet DD’s needs as none that she has ever come across have been tailored for the NLD brain-it being a low incidence disability. A few come close, but move way too fast for mastery to be acquired before the next thing. Many of the activities I’ve previewed in your series are identical to those she used in her office to get a sense of DD’s ability. Her first advice was to teach subitizing using ten frames. I am so thrilled to have come across your math resources. I know you are working on a curriculum and I do hope there will be more of the same–addressing skills sequentially and individually.

Another comment/question. I’ve purchased the preschool and addition facts books from Well Trained Mind. I’ve read the introduction of Addition Facts That Stick and in the section on readiness DD is able to count to 20, she recognizes most written numbers up to 20, but still confuses a few–she has a visual processing weakness, understands the concept of addition (we did Waldorf math last year and worked with all 4 processes simultaneously along with skip counting and rhythm activities, year before we used Charlotte Mason Arithmetic book 1 that also covered all 4 processes indirectly, for preschool we used Rod and Staff workbooks), but her understanding of place value is still not there. Her number sense is fairly strong up to 4, but 5 gets tricky and 6 is definitely a challenge–she has to count to figure out most equations and still relies heavily on manipulatives. I am wondering if we should spend some time in the preschool book to start. See above regarding recent advice to take it sequentially focussing on just one skill at a time to mastery before moving to the next. Would welcome your thoughts. I’ve also a very keene 3 year 9month old.

Hi Karen,

It sounds like you’re doing a fabulous job finding resources to help your daughter thrive. Starting with subitizing the quantities to 10 sounds like a great place to work on next. The preschool book definitely is a good starting place for that, and you can also add tallies, nickels and pennies, or anything else arranged in combinations of “5 and some more”.

Would you be interested in joining my first grade curriculum pilot test group? It begins with those subitizing skills and then moves into addition facts, so it might be a good fit for where your daughter is at now. You can read about the pilot program here. If you’re interested, you can send me an email at the Contact link above (under About), and we can get you set up.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate, first of all I would like to thank you for your wonderful website! I am writting from Brazil and since I have found out your Math Help site I have been using Primary Math (Singapore Math) Standards Edition! It’s been so good! I have bought Division Facts that Stick and is very good as well!

Last year I took your Seminar “Fractions That Make Sense” on Well Trained Mind. It is wonderful, the best thing to help me teach my son!

Recently I have tryed to see it again, mas there is some problem over there.

I have contacted the support, but have had no answer.

I can only see the course “Math that makes sense”, but rigth now I really have to learn (and teach my son), about fractions multiplication and division.

I would appreciate if you could help with that.

Hi Priscilla,

I’m so glad you found the fractions course helpful! They changed their website, so things are slightly different. To find the course, go to this link and type Snow in the Course

Titlebox. Then, the course should come right up.Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate, thank you very for your kind help. Everything is ok now on WTMA! Happy Math!

Hi again!

Steve from WTMA have emailed me and informed me that was a problem indeed with the course (Fractions that make sense) and my registration, but fortunately he has fixed it.

This time I would like to know if there is some book or material to be used while wacthing the third lecture of the course (Multiplication and Division).

Sorry to bother you with these question, bit I am little bit lost in the third lecture.

The first and the second recorded lectures are full of examples and pictures that you draw to show the fractios and the computation. It is really easy to see and undertand everything.

The third video though shows no examples and no pictures. It is only you talking to the audience. Is it rigth? That’s why I would like to know if there is a book or some written material to be used with the lecture. Because I am not a English native speaker it is a little bit harder to me to follow the third lesson.

Thank you in advance again!

Hi Priscilla,

Yes, the recording got messed up for the third lecture! I had forgotten! So sorry about that. Please send me an email at the contact form above (in the About heading), and I’ll send you the annotated slides.

Thanks,

Kate

Hi! How fast do you suggest to move through your books. Should the addition and subtraction be taught in the same year or in consecutive years. We love your books! Thank you

Kim

Hi Kim,

One per year is a good pace for a lot of kids: addition in 1st, subtraction in 2nd, multiplication in 3rd, and division in 4th. It’s also fine to do them back-to-back in the same year as well, especially if your curriculum calls for mastering them in a particular grade.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate,

Is there a sample or preview of your Kindergarten Math curriculum that’s coming out in May? We’re starting to plan for our Kindergarten year and deciding on Math has me in a tizzy! Thanks!

Hi Mallory,

No preview yet, but it should be up soon. My best guess is that it will be up early in April on the Well-Trained Mind Press site, hopefully followed by a sample on Amazon soon after. The Amazon page for it has a brief description to give you a flavor of it, but I know there’s nothing like looking at actual samples!

If you have any specific questions I can answer, feel free to leave them here. 🙂

Happy Math!

Kate

I did read through the description on Amazon. I was just curious what a typical lesson will look like. I am definitely a visual learner and like to see something when I’m making a decision! I’ll look forward to the preview in a few weeks.

Hello!

I really enjoyed your webinar this evening as part of the Brave Writer Homebound online conference. Your ideas really struck a chord with me, and I’m eager to try them with my 2nd grader. I’d like to start by trying your free subtraction and addition facts tests, to see what he already knows. I am unable to access the tests from this website (I click, and nothing happens). Not sure where the problem lies, but I would appreciate any assistance you can provide. I’d like to assess his learning so far before deciding which of your “Facts that Stick” books to order. Thanks so much for sharing your enthusiasm and encouragement! Kind regards, Annelise

Hi Annelise,

Sorry you’re having trouble printing the tests! Please send me an email at the contact link above (in the top menu, under Ask Kate), and I can email them to you directly.

Glad you enjoyed the webinar, and happy math!

Kate

Just ordered your book for teaching subtraction. May I ask what type of counter you rec to purchase to go along with it? Thanks!

Hi Valerie,

Any kind of counter that’s 3/4 inch or less works great, so you likely already have something around the house. Counting bears, foam blocks, Legos….anything that your child can easily handle and move around will do the job.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate!

Love the work you are doing and would like to buy your books for my daughter. Our country is in a lock down and we are nor sure when international shipping will be possible. Is there any way to buy digital versions of the books?

Thanks!

Hi Ani,

This is such a strange time! Yes, my publisher offers pdfs of all my books directly at their website: welltrainedmind.com.

Take care, and happy math!

Kate

P.S. Amazon offers the Kindle version of a few of my books, but they’re a total pain to print–I definitely recommend the pdfs instead.

Hi Kate!

Apologies if this has already been asked.. I am doing your preschool math at home with my 4 yr old. I also have your addition facts that stick. After we finish your preschool math, where do I go next? Should I do addition facts or Righstart A? I will be starting RightStart with my older three so as much as I WANT to try your K program, I don’t have capacity for two programs as they grow. 😉 anyways. I’m wondering what’s the next step after finishing your Preschool book. Thanks!!

Hi Sabrina,

I totally hear you on not wanting to manage two programs! Go to RightStart A first, and then use Addition Facts that Stick as needed in RSB to help your child master the facts.

Happy Math!

Kate

Thank you! One last question.. is it possible to go into Rightstart B instead of RightStart A from your preschool math and take two years to complete it? My daughter is in that interesting phase between being an older preschooler and a young Kindergartner. I was thinking of just taking two years to complete Kindergarten with her but I still want her days to be fun and relaxed as a preschooler’s should be. Or should I really just do Rightstart A with her in one year? (wondering how to keep it fun and age-appropriate and also cost-effective since she is my last)

Hi Sabrina,

No, I wouldn’t recommend that at all. RightStart B moves quickly into difficult topics (like two-digit mental addition and place-value) that are quite conceptually challenging. I think you’d have a lot of frustration and tears without the foundation that level A provides.

Happy Math!

Kate

Aw I wish 2nd grade was available! I’m an ESE teacher in FL and my mother is going to teach my son for the 20-21 school year. We will use your multiplication book to supplement! She’s never homeschooled but she is looking forward to staying home with her grandson!!

Is Kindergarten Math with Confidence appropriate preparation for the Singapore sequence or is it better to use something like the Essentials A and B books? If it covers the necessary material, it looks like your K program would be more interactive and fun than the Essentials books. Thanks.

Hi Brandi,

Yes, Kindergarten Math with Confidence leads well into the Singapore books. They take a similar conceptual approach and cover the same material, just in a different way.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate, my daughter will be 4 in September and already counts to 100+, counts objects and writes numbers, can do simple adding and subtracting. I’m really interested in starting a SM program with her, but am afraid Preschool Math at home may be too easy while Dimensions pre-K seems intense (though I would be willing to put in the work if it was best for her). I had her take the Dimensions KA placement test this morning and she got 75% correct.

What do you think is appropriate for us to start? Thank you in advance!

Hi Loretta,

I think you’re right that the pre-K may be unnecessary and overly-complicated. With a 75%, she definitely needs some more work with those skills–I’d go with Dimensions KA and plan to zip through the parts she already knows.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate,

I just purchased Addition Facts that Stick and am so excited to use it! My son is starting Singapore’s Primary Mathematics 1A this year, I’m wondering if you would recommend using AFTS first and then jumping into Primary Math? Or, waiting until I get to the addition section of Primary Math and then pausing it to use AFTS? Thank you!

Hi Meghan,

I recommend beginning Addition Facts That Stick at the end of 1A (after Unit 6) and simply adding it as a warm-up to your Singapore lessons. (If you find that this makes math time too long, do half of a Singapore lesson each day.) If you decide to use Subtraction Facts That Stick, start it whenever you finish Addition, sometime in the middle of 1B.

Hope you and your son enjoy it! Happy Math!

Kate

Thank you- that’s so helpful!

Hello Kate,

I heard about your books from a friend and as we recently started homeschooling I am searching for the right 1st grade math curriculum for my daughter. She loves math and I want to keep it that way. What do you recommend for 1st, since I see your book won’t be out until 2021. I have been considering Math U See, or using the free curriculum that is open from SFUSD. Thank you!

Hi Evelene,

The options can be overwhelming! You can find my full guide on choosing curriculum here, with links to all my full curriculum reviews.

Hope that helps, and happy math!

Kate

I bought your book Preschool Math At Home for my 4 1/2 year old son and it is going so well! We are on the subitizing chapter and I was shocked at how easily he jumped from pointing and counting to seeing numbers. Your sequence of activities is so well thought out! Just want to say thank you so much! I’m excited to get your kindergarten curriculum after he’s done, even though he’s a year away from an official start, just to keep the math enthusiasm going! 🙂

Thrilled to hear it, Erica! Those aha-moments are the BEST.

Thanks for taking the time to let me know, and happy math!

Kate

Hey Kate,

Your program looks beautiful.

Is there a reason you plan to stop after fourth grade and not continue to fifth or sixth?

I look forward to purchasing when my oldest is 5-6!

Julie

Hi. My family and I really like your math books, and we especially like playing the games. Do you think you will ever come out with an app for android, apple, or amazon freetime? Thanks.

Hi JJ,

I’m definitely more of a writer than app devloper, so probably not. But who knows? Maybe once I finish the Math with Confidence series I’ll be ready to learn some new skills… 🙂

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi JJ,

I’m definitely more of a writer than app developer, so probably not. But who knows? Maybe once I finish the Math with Confidence series I’ll be ready to learn some new skills… 🙂

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate,

I have been looking for some material for my 4 year old(almost 5 in few months) to teach him Math and make his foundation of understanding Math ,I just love the book (Kindergarten Math with confidence),I like the style of methods to teach kids,thanks.I have seen other books kn your website Addition facts that stick etc,Do you recommend to take those books as well in addition to the one I already have.

Hi Harpreet,

Children typically learn the addition facts in first grade, so I recommend holding off on it until after kindergarten.

Happy Math!

Kate

Are these curriculums common core based?

They’re not based on the Common Core. However, like most homeschool math programs, the Math with Confidence series generally meets or exceeds the grade-level common core standards.

I’m a new to homeschooling mum of two boys (10 & 8). What is the best order to go through the facts that stick series?

Thanks!

Hi Tessa,

The order is addition, subtraction, multiplication, and then division. But, with older kids, you may find that you don’t need to do all of them, and the assessments here on my site will help you decide. Start with the addition test, and then use the scoring guide to figure out whether to start with Addition Facts That Stick or move on to the subtraction test.

Best wishes in your teaching, and happy math!

Kate

Kate,

We love KMC. My daughter is suppose to be in 3rd grade math. However, with a lot of factors I felt that it is better to start her over with a better foundation. It is clicking which is great and she loves the work book. It’s so easy for her which is building her confidence level so much. She says now that she loves math. Win!

So my question, After finishing G1MC what would you recommend for 2nd and 3rd grades since those books come out way into the future? I really love Right start but the price is wowzer. I appreciate your help Thanks so much Binah.. P.s my son loves it and he is in k and my 4 year old love the preschool one however even tough it is just play time she wants to do workbooks just like her older sister and brother. Just an idea for maybe for those who want it.

Hi Binah,

So glad that MWC has helped your daughter enjoy math more and feel more confident! Take a look at my article on choosing curriculum for all my in-depth reviews. Also, you might consider using the Activities for the AL Abacus (review here) along with my Facts That Stick books if you’d like to try to catch her up on an accelerated pace but still make sure she hits all those important basics.

Best wishes, and happy math!

Kate

Do you have a release date yet for when MWC 1st grade will be available to purchase? We are working through MWC Kindergarten now and really liking it!

So glad you’re enjoying Kindergarten MWC, Ally! First Grade will be released in May. Here’s the Amazon link for a sneak peek. 🙂

Happy Math!

Kate

Will sample pages of 1st Grade Math with Confidence be available before May?

They’ll probably be available in late March or early April. Happy Math!

Is the first grade book still on track for spring of 2021? My child is in first grade now, but we are slightly behind in math and I would love to purchase it this spring and work through the summer and fall and then start the 2nd grade book midway through second grade.

We just started your addition facts that stick and she already loves the games!

My son will be doing kindergarten in the fall and I’ll be using your kindergarten book. I only wish you had your other books available for my first grader!

Thanks in advance for the update!

Heather

Hi Heather,

So glad you and your daughter are enjoying Addition Facts That Stick! Yes, First Grade MWC is on track for May 2021. We plan to release a new book each spring, so Second Grade will come out in spring of 2022.

Happy Math!

Kate

I have a third grader who still needs to work on addition and subtraction. I purchased all of your “facts that stick” book – is there an ideal order I should run through all of these books with him or can I jump in with any book when needed (ie” right now they are getting started on division, but he still struggles with the other 3, so is it ok to start there or does he need to learn the others first?) If there is a specific order – what order do you suggest?

Hi Christina,

I recommend that you go in order: first addition, then subtraction, then multiplication, and finally division. Each operation builds on the previous ones. (For example, he’ll use addition to figure out the multiplication facts at first, so it’s important that he have a strong grasp of the addition facts first.)

Hope you enjoy them, and happy math!

Kate

Kate, I am very impressed and happy with your math books. It really helped me catch up my 2nd grader, who seemed to learn almost nothing last year (probably in part due to the pandemic, but also he has since been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder). We are big fans! I am writing to ask if you have advice for teaching algebra, as it seems you are focused on the younger grades. My 8th grader who does well in school does not seem to be getting as much as he should out of algebra (perhaps due to the remote learning) and I know he needs this for future classes (including physics, stats and other high school classes) so I’d like to build up his foundation. Do you have any suggestions for a program, workbook, or app? Thanks so much!

Hi Kelly,

I like the Key to Algebra series for algebra remediation. They’re visual, not overwhelming, and they give a thorough review of all those important skills. They’d likely be a great fit for a child with auditory processing disorder, since they’re so visual.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi. I am in LOVE with your math with confidence curriculum and wonder if you have plans to go past 4th grade? If so, what grade level will the series stop?

So glad you’re enjoying MWC, Paige! For now, the plan is to go through at least fourth grade, and then we’ll see!

Happy Math!

Kate

Hello. I just found your curriculum. I am a certified teacher, and now have a microschool in my home. I am loving this approach to math. I was looking for hands on and mastery since we do a lot of growth mindset and exploratory learning. I LOVE the literature component to your curriculum. I have 8 kiddos ranging from K-2nd and will be getting the Kinder and 1st grade curriculum. Are you needing any students to pilot your second grade math? If so, pls keep us in mind. I would love to see how it works in our setting.

Hi Beth,

So glad the program feels like a good fit for your microschool! Pilot testing for second grade is complete, so I’m not looking for more pilot testers at this point. Thanks for offering, though!

Best wishes in your teaching, and Happy Math!

Kate

I had been searching for a Math curriculum for my son that was a good fit. It is the perfect balance of instruction, student participation, and independent work. Math with Confidence has been amazing for both of us. We love it. Please develop curricula beyond grade 4. He is technically K but using grade 1.

So glad it’s been such a good fit for him!

Hi, do you recommend using your “facts that stick” books together with your MWC books? We are currently using your MWC First grade book. We love it. My daughter is actually asking for more activities though. I want to take advantage of her interest without overwhelming her though. Any advice from you is much appreciated.

Hi Isabelle,

MWC teaches the facts thoroughly. For most kids, it’s enough review and practice to fully master them. So, there’s no need to use the Facts That Stick books along with MWC unless you find that she needs more practice. If she’s looking for more, you might consider playing some of her favorite games multiple times. Or, she might enjoy some other math challenges or games, like Mighty Mind or Balance Benders.

Happy Math!

Kate

hi Kate,

I am debating between AOPS academy and Russian school of Math (both online) classes for my 8 year old daughter. I read your review for AOPS/Beast academy and was wondering if you have any thoughts on Russian school of math too.

Sorry, I’ve heard of it, but I don’t know much about it and don’t have any personal experience with it. Happy Math!

Hi, I have bought your preschool book and is going to purchase the Kindergarten series soon. I stumbled upon the Addition Facts that Sticks and wish to find out does the Kindergarten series covered the concepts in Addition book or should I order both?

Hi Yan,

Math with Confidence covers the math facts thoroughly, so no need to buy both at this point. She families like to use Facts That Stick as summer review, but you don’t need to add it in unless you feel your child needs extra review and practice after first grade.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate,

I’m looking for a maths curriculum for my 6 year old daughter. We live in Australia and I was wondering if you could please recommend a good curriculum that uses metric system for measurement?

Thank you,

L

Does Math With Confidence use manipulatives as heavily as was seen in Addition Facts That Stick?

Yes, manipulatives are an important part of the program for helping kids concretely understand the concepts, especially for the younger ages. Starting in third grade, there will be more visual representations of concepts in the workbook, but manipulatives will still be part of the program.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi, I just received MWC1 in the mail and am very excited to start it with my 5 y.o. We are about to finish the old version of TGTB K math and I’m hoping that the transition will work well. My son is able to add up to 10 in his head most times now (sometimes he still needs manipulatives) but I noticed that he has difficulty counting larger groups of objects (8-20) when they are in random order. I think he forgets which one he has already counted if objects aren’t organized. Do you have any suggestions for exercises to help him improve with this? Also, I noticed that the teacher guide mentions that kids should follow the arrows when tracing numbers on the worksheets (example Lesson 1.1A) but there are no arrows printed. Not a big deal but I figured I would mention it in. 🙂

Thanks for that typo alert, Anya! I’ll get that corrected in the next printing.

For counting, he probably just needs more practice. Suggest he start in one corner, plan out his counting path in advance, and then and move systematically through the path. Start with lower numbers and gradually move up, and I bet he’ll get it soon.

Happy Math!

Kate

I absolutely love Kindergarten and 1st Grade Math with Confidence. My only wish is that these were created sooner. Already pre-ordered 2nd grade and cant wait!

So glad you’re enjoying them, Jessica! Happy Math!

This is my first year homeschooling my 7-year-old. She completed kindergarten in public schools. I am not sure which book set to get due to the fact that she still struggles with some things that are kindergarten, like large number recognition, calendar, and the coin’s name and worth.

Hi Victoria, all those topics are reviewed in First Grade Math with Confidence, so I bet you’ll be in good shape moving on to First Grade MWC (or another first grade program).

Happy Math!

Kate

Awesome math program! We have used K & 1 here and have found both levels to be a very enjoyable pace while being very focused and incremental. I am curious if you plan to keep with the parent/ teacher-led lessons throughout your math levels or do you foresee ever transitioning to a more independent lesson instruction style in the higher grades such as video lessons? Thanks!

Hi Rhea,

So glad you’re enjoying the program! I expect that the lessons will gradually become more streamlined and slightly more independent as we move up the grades, but the parent will definitely still be involved (and the main source of instruction). The interaction of a live conversation is difficult to replace with a video, and children often end up with very superficial knowledge when they don’t have a parent holding them accountable and asking questions to check for understanding. That said, I know it’s a lot to teach multiple math lessons in a day in addition to all the other subjects, so I will be tweaking the program to be less parent-intense and time-consuming for parents.

Happy Math!

Kate

Hi Kate,

We are doing Kindergarten Math with Confidence with our 5 year old and I love it so much that I’m planning buy the Preschool book for my 2 year. I bought your curriculum because when I read through one of the lessons, I actually started to cry! The way you teach subitizing and how quantities do not change do to location or formation is really sowing more than just math. It’s sowing the TRUTH that truth is objective and unchangeable, no matter what changes around us. This is why teaching math is so important to this generation of children. It moved my heart and mind so greatly that I knew it was the math choice for our family. It’s also been accommodating to be able to use household objects. We have four children, a “pair” of boys and a “pair” of girls. They all came to visit, as drawings, for our lesson on the number 4. 🙂 We are having a great time. My younger two ask for math lessons, which is so encouraging. Thank you for your work. The Lord is present in it. <3

So glad you’re enjoying the program so much, Callie! Thanks for taking the time to let me know, and happy math!

Kate

Hi, Kate. Do you know anyone who’s used your program to teach Autistic children math? my daughter has just recently been diagnosed with Autism. She’s also has a learning disability, and is several years behind traditional students. Was wondering what your thoughts are on using this program for her, just starting homeschooling last year, public school was to over overwhelming for her.

Thanks!

Hi April,

Yes, many families with autistic children use Math with Confidence and fit that it works well for their children. If you’d like to connect more with families that use the program, you might want to join the MWC Community Facebook group so you can directly ask about the experiences of parents of kids with special needs.

Happy Math!

Kate