Volume 1

Learn Math Fast System Volume 1 Overview

283-page paperback book
51 lessons, 51 worksheets, four-chapter tests and one final test
Answer Key in the back of the book
An Answer Card for the verbal tests

Why start with Volume 1?
Volume 1 teaches students how to add and subtract single digit numbers in their mind.  This is a skill that is often missing from other curricula, and it is generally what holds a student back from exceling in math.  Once they learn how to add and subtract single digit numbers, they can take advantage of tricks like the 9's trick and the 11's trick (see below).

With our approach to multiplication, students only need to memorize 11 of the multiplication answers, not 144 of them.  The rest of them can be solved an easier way or with a trick.
Older students can complete this book in about six weeks (or less) and get their confidence back.  Middle schoolers can complete it in about two months and gain that much needed foundation.
If your student struggles with math, please start with the first lesson in volume one and don't skip any lessons.  You can tell them that this is the only way for you to KNOW that they KNOW everything the NEED to know before taking on fractions.  If the lesson is easy, they will be done in a few minutes, but by reading every lesson, they will be sure to learn what they missed the first time around.  However, if your student can add, subtract, multiply and divide REALLY WELL, even with a decimal point, then you can skip volume 1 and start with fractions.
Have a young student?  No problem, everyone goes at their own pace.  Just give them several days or weeks to learn each lesson.  There are supplemental worksheets on this website, if your student needs more practice.
Upon purchase, you will receive a password to access a page on our website that contains printable pdf versions of every worksheet in the book.  That password is located on page 9 of volume 1.


  • Our Big, Big Bookmark is an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet that contains hints to all the most easily forgotten math concepts from volumes 1 - 4.  So, let's say you're in pre-algebra and you have to divide fractions, and you can't remember if that's when you flip the fraction or not.  Just look down at your Big, Big Bookmark and see that you flip the second fraction and then multiply straight across.  Available for purchase at the bottom of this page and in the Store.
  • Our Book of Worksheets contains one copy of every worksheet from volume one and one copy of every (Volume 1) supplemental worksheet that you can download from our website.  In addition, you'll get a third worksheet per lesson, review worksheets before the tests, and a few bonus worksheets and puzzles.  This book is best suited for a young student.  Older students typically don't need three worksheets per lesson.  This is the only volume that has a separate book of extra worksheets.

Sample pages of Volume 1:

Stand Alone or Supplemental?
This book teaches the foundation of math starting at 2 + 3.  Students should already know how to count, read and write numbers, and have a basic understanding of 2 + 1 before starting.  Topics such as telling time, the calendar, Roman numerals, and tally marks are considered math, but are not taught in the Learn Math Fast System.  Most homeschoolers can teach those topics over time without a book.  This book will teach anyone, at any age, how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with the greatest of ease - quickly!

​Scope and Sequence
Students will learn how to add and subtract single-digit numbers in their mind.
Fluency in multiplication facts and triple-digit multiplication problems.
Addition, subtraction, and multiplication are taught with and without a decimal point.
Long division with and without a decimal point is taught.  Students will learn to write their remainders with a fraction, a decimal point, or as a whole number.
Place Value up to the one hundred billionth place is taught.
Students can round a number up or down.
US Measurements and Unit of Measurement are taught


Copied from Amazon
GCTop Contributor: Children's Books
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing results
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2022
​I tutored my grandson over zoom. We began with the idea that I would drill him in multiplication and help him memorize his facts, a skill he failed in school. After one session, I realized he could do little more than add 2+1--At. Age. Nine! We went back to the beginning with LMFS. In only a few weeks, he was proficient in addition and subtraction. I wondered what they had been doing with him in school to allow him to fall so far behind. After a few months, he mastered the basic operations. Sadly, he fizzled out of our tutoring sessions once he caught up to grade level. However, I'm so grateful for this easy-to-use method. With varying levels of success, I've taught math to children of high to low learning abilities with many different systems: MathUSee, Saxon, RightStart, Video Text, Life of Fred, Understanding Mathematics From Counting to Calculus, and several others. Like AlphaPhonics, Learn Math Fast System isn't full of bells, whistles, and distracting graphics, but it beats them all.
UPDATE:  Learn Math Fast is now printed with color ink and updated photos.

Table of Contents:

Adding and Subtracting up to 5
Adding and Subtracting up to 6
Adding and Subtracting up to 7
Adding and Subtracting up to 8
Adding and Subtracting up to 9
Adding and Subtracting up to 10
Adding and Subtracting the same number
Chapter 1 Review Test
Adding numbers larger than 10
Adding small numbers in your mind
Subtracting small numbers in your mind
Adding and Subtracting Double Digit Numbers
Adding and Subtracting by 10's
Adding Double Digits
Adding Several Double Digit Numbers
Place Value up to the One Hundred's Column
Borrowing in Subtraction Problems
Borrowing with Zeros
Chapter 2 Review Test
Multiplication and Division
Multiplying by 0, 1, and 2
Multiplying by 3
Multiplying by 4
Multiplying by 5
Multiplication is the Opposite of Division (Division)
Multiplication, Factors and Products (Division)
Multiplying and Dividing by 6
Multiplying and Dividing by 7
Multiplying and Dividing by 8
Multiplying and Dividing by 9/Using the 9's Trick
Multiplying by 10
Multiplying by 11
Multiplying by 12
Multiplying by Hand
Multiplying Three Digit Numbers
Long Division
Place Value to One Billion
Multiplying Three-Digit Numbers by Two-Digit Numbers
Greater Than, Less Than and The Decimal Point
Adding with Decimal Numbers
Multiplying with Decimal Numbers
Division with Remainders
Division with Fractional Remainders
Dividing Decimal Numbers
Dividing with Three Digit Numbers
Dividing with a Decimal Number
The Mean (Averages)
Chapter 3 Review Test
US Measurements
Fluid Ounce
Cups, Pints, Quarts and Gallons
Chapter 4 Review Test
​Final Test