MathHacked is Powerfully Effective for Teaching Times Tables to Kids of All Ages

What is MathHacked?

A revolutionary system for teaching times tables to kids in a way that makes them enthusiastic about math, confident in themselves, and sponges for future learning…all the while making you the good guy! 

If they’ve already ‘sort of learned’ their multiplication tables and hate math, it’s a great way to go back and really get them solid.  It will change their attitude about math 180 degrees.


What will my first day using the MathHacked system look like?


We know you’re busy! All you really need to know to begin the program is how to push “Play” on a short online video and then mimic with your student what you saw. 

You can also join us on our Millennial Paradigms Facebook Group where you can get your personal questions answered–and learn great ways to interact with your child to improve your child’s inner genius and dramatically improve your relationship.

Online modules help you teach your child times tables the QUICK & EASY way

What makes MathHacked so unique and successful?

This system is based on isolating patterns, so that the kids can use their own powers, or mental figuring to pull up the answers, and on using “tricks” or non-numerical associations that help create a pathway in the brain between the equation and its answer. This method makes them feel strong and empowered because they don’t have to look to some “smarter” adult for the answers they lack, nor do they have to painstakingly memorize and then try to remember; rather, they’re given a way to figure the answers out themselves. This new skill of “mental gymnastics” is exciting and empowering because they discover they really ARE smart.

You will see body language brighten and lift as your children come to really believe that they are smart. Learning their times tables will be a snap! That sure feels like a whole lot of success!

What Should My Child Know Before Starting?

To begin MathHacked the child should recognize and know the names of all the numbers, to be able to count a good spell by ones, and be able to know which numbers are more or less than others. They should specifically be able to know what is one more and one less than any given single-digit number. It is also helpful if the child knows how to count by fives. 

Our experience is that generally 6 year olds are ready, and occasionally a 5 year old here or there. You will understand through the orientation videos how to tell if your child is ready or not. Just know that we never advocate pushing children beyond what they WANT to do and what is natural for them…or for creating any kind of stressful situation for them whatsoever; in fact, this is most definitely NOT the MathHacked way. 

The point is not that we start kids any earlier in math than you would otherwise wish, only that when we are ready to start, that we begin them with times tables and division facts–the MathHacked way–instead of addition. There is plenty of time for addition later on. Our experience is that this order of things creates a mindset in children that makes math easier for them all around, and therefore easier on you, their parents.

One last note on this point is that if you have a child wanting to do MathHacked even younger than 5 (they often do because the box and cards make it look so fun), find a way to spend a little one-on-one time with them to get them involved with the cards in some small way. As you look into the first two modules, you will find that there are little things you can do to make this possible for them. 

What if my child knows most of his/her facts?

How well does your child really know his/her facts? Unless a child knows all the basic facts to the point of “effortless and automatic,” it can feel like walking through quicksand to tackle things like Algebra, for instance.

We find that 80% competence gives only 20% confidence. To give you an idea as to why, think of walking on a surface that’s smooth except for just 20%, of the floor boards jutting up. You would not be able to walk with confidence on that floor–without having to focus on it the whole time, that is–and especially while carrying something heavy. Math is like that.

Taking the time and care to smooth out every one of those “rough spots” will make a world of difference for your child in doing math down the road. 

Additionally, while a person may do well in one category of thinking, it’s a different thing altogether to be able to jump back and forth at will between different categories. You’ll see more what we mean when you get inside the training. This skill is something we like to call “mental gymnastics” and is likely something your child has never really tried doing. This ability, too, is well worth stopping all other math studies for a time, to acquire and solidify.

How did MathHacked come to be?

Heather Linchenko, the creator of MathHacked, struggled in her homeschool with a daughter who hated math, and had diminishing confidence in the struggle to learn it. After telling her daughter enough times that “sometimes you just have to do hard things,” it finally dawned on Heather that this was an all too familiar theme. Not only was a negative attitude toward math the prevailing attitude with her own classmates, this daughter was the fourth child she had to give these sorts of pep talks to in her homeschooling career. 

(Another thing: many brilliant adults still believe they are “not smart” because they didn’t do well with how math was taught when they were kids. Are you one of them? This “not smart” label, once internalized, is STICKY!) 

Heather finally said, “NO MORE MATH UNTIL I FIGURE THIS OUT”. 

She reflected on two principal things and these spurred her on: a) the feeling of failure and incompetence in a French class in college–she now understood acutely what “feeling dumb and like quitting” was like and wanted better for her child, and b) a quote she had heard many times from her former boss and friend, Stephen R. Covey: “Student inability is usually nothing more than teacher inflexibility.” 

Time to get flexible!!! 

She “stepped into her daughter’s shoes” asking her question after question, and ultimately figured out that the sticking point for her in math was multiplication. Strange, because she thought her daughter knew those pretty well. 

Heather stepped out of the centuries-old box and looked at the process with new eyes, utilizing many of the philosophies she had learned from Covey and other thought leaders she had studied over decades. With the completely different approach discovered, her daughter soared in math–and math became her favorite subject, even in high school, long after this program was completed. 

Several years later, when working as a teacher’s aide in a private school setting, Heather had the opportunity of trying out her system with a large class of 1st to 3rd graders. She saw them coming to math with that familiar negative body language and dread and asked if she could implement this program.  WOW. The success she had with 100% of the class–even the goof offs and those shut down to their education–“blew her socks across the room”. The children lined up daily to work on their math and were sad when the system was over. 

Additionally, the teacher of the class, after seeing Heather teach not just math, but many subjects in new and fresh ways, and watching her class continually excited at learning, said, “Where did you learn to teach this way? I have a masters degree and I’ve never seen anyone teach this way.” 

Parents started coming to her class wondering what “secrets” she had in motivating their children and opening up their personalities. They had seen such big changes in their own kids. She then realized that the uniqueness and power of her system and methods went way beyond her little home school. Since this time, she has been badgered by many to make this available to others. 

Seeing and hearing of the math plight of the majority of parents out there…and knowing she had solutions…drove Heather to make this MathHacked Deluxe Training System available to everyone, including you!

How can a program for math help with parenting?

Heather here. I love this question. 

In trainings and podcasts I have done, and especially to close friends when trying to explain just what MathHacked is (not an easy task to do quickly, btw, as there is so much more to it than a surface view would have you believe), at some point I will invariably jump from talking about math to talking about parenting.h to talking about parenting. 

I hear my passion strengthen as I talk of helping parents get to richer relationships with their children, to a place of less stress in these relationships and more joy, to less time spent on controlling or avoiding and more time spent simply enjoying each other’s unique presence and basking in the unparalleled opportunity it is to be together. 

So easy to forget how utterly COOL that is when things get crazy, huh?! 

I have discovered that I, along with most well-meaning parents out there, have been guilty of giving kids far too little credit, of underestimating them, and of accidentally “getting in their way”, making it more difficult for them to awaken their untapped potential. Boy, have I ever done this! 

This is TIME CONSUMING and ENERGY DRAINING, I can tell you!!! 

But there is a better way; it’s the MathHacked way.

Surprisingly, not only does MathHacked create the best foundation for your child’s math career than anything we’ve ever encountered–and this aspect is awesome in and of itself–it is a fantastic vehicle for heading toward all those things that give your family life more joy, those things that add LIFE to your life. 

How can MathHacked help with such a thing as this, you say? 

Because without having to…

• understand and assimilate the many philosophies behind the system, 

• without having to go through the time and hard work of mining them, 

• and testing them, 

• and personally changing your mindset to match them, 

• without all the trial and error 

• and sheer number of MISTAKES and FAILURES that I had to go through 

• to get to the knowledge contained within the MathHacked Training System that has drastically improved my life and relationships… 

…you can simply watch and mimic these MathHacked paradigms at play, just 15 or so minutes a day with your child, in a simple math setting. 

If you do our system as we explain it, you will see and experience how much of a difference a “new way of being” and a “new way of thinking” with your child can make, how much more effective and fun your time together can be, and get a better idea of the increased influence you can have. VISION is created…and along with that, a DESIRE to carry it forward into other areas of education and life. 

You know, Vision is a powerful thing.

When you catch and hold Vision, your aim shifts from trying to get through life and trying to survive your kids, to trying to accomplish something specific or even many specific things.

It changes what you think about in the shower and as you fix your hair, from worrying about your kids and fearing you’re not “enough” as a mother [NEWS FLASH: You are.]…to Envisioning and Dreaming and taking care to reframe your thoughts to more useful ones. 

Additionally, MathHacked offers you a very comfortable setting to “try these paradigms on for size” with your child. It provides you with a non-threatening opportunity to tweak your parenting and to adopt ways and ideas found within the training, that will ultimately lead your child to take the reins of his or her own education and life, and for you and your child to enjoy the “tightest” of relationships with each other.

Tight relationships unlock learning potential and free inner genius.

Tight relationships hold the finest of joys this life has to offer.

“To be happy at home is the result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.” ~Samuel Johnson

Yep, that’s it. You got it, Samuel. It’s pretty intense but it’s true: our endgame goals with MathHacked go well beyond math. #relationshipispower

Note: The podcast below, which includes discussions about parenting, is entitled “Changing the Paradigm of Educational Pedagogy” and took place 11/30/17. Thank you Luminous Mind for the opportunity. 🙂

Who are "The Gals at MathHacked?"

“The Gals” are Heather and Shirl, a couple of crazy grannies (well, Heather is a would-be granny, but hopeful!) who decided that instead of retiring (actually Heather has a full-time job too), they would start a company! So now rather than putting their feet up and eating grapes, they have found themselves collating thousands of math cards, hoisting hundreds of boxes and climbing steep peaks of learning in all things online. 

Their first assembly center was Heather’s basement, crowded with tables and stacked to the rafters with cards. How exciting it is to have recently graduated to a real live warehouse! 

Heather is the creator of MathHacked and Shirl the business brain, master of systems and manager of details, and even at her “grandma” stage of life, can work anyone under the table! Except maybe Heather. 😉

Why do they give up so much beauty sleep when it is now more needed than ever?? Mission. Having both been homeschool mothers themselves, there is nothing they hate more than to see a discouraged homeschool mom or discouraged children. They’ve been there, done that, and it ain’t fun. Having gained the knowledge to help, particularly with regards to math, they feel a mission to do so; they are excited to pass on what has lifted burdens for them and will for you, as well. 

Heather and Shirl happen to be not just business partners, but sisters! They were born and raised in Eastern Idaho in a family of ten children, growing up on a farm. Shirley is child #6 and Heather is #8.

Both were administrative assistants to the world-renowned Executive/Personal Development and Human Relations guru, Stephen R. Covey, for several years each, and took great part in typing and helping edit his books, including his best selling Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

One of Stephen’s teachings is that people should live their lives “in crescendo”. Heather and Shirl are tickled to realize they’re doing just that! 

Hobbies? Whenever possible, they love to ride horses together in the mountains and also enjoy philosophizing, learning from each other, and singing harmonies with their children and extended family. Fun fact: A common friend complimented Shirl that she was the funniest person in the whole world, and Heather that she was the 2nd funniest lol.

A little more about Heather’s journey toward the creation of the MathHacked Deluxe Teaching System:

Besides the opportunity to rub shoulders with Stephen R. Covey for many years, she also worked as administrative assistant to Douglas T. Snarr, another motivational speaker and author (who spoke in a circuit with Paul Harvey, Zig Zeiglar, and others). These two “mentors extraordinaire”, through their intense love of learning, knowledge, passion for sharing and their example in living the principles they taught, planted her firmly on the path of life-long learning; she wanted to become just like them. 

She married a man born and raised in communist Russia, causing more shifts in her thinking and how she views life…tectonic shifts. She also discovered through seeing his education, how woefully inadequate hers was by comparison. Though she had been an “honor student” through most all of her years in school, she discovered that while she happened to be good at the “system,” she did not come out feeling educated. Her kids had many questions, as all children do, but all she could come up with for answers was, “Yeah, that sounds familiar but I can’t remember!” It was “memorize, test, and forget”, a sad state of affairs.

While living in Kazakstan due to her husband’s work, and finding the English-speaking schools to be out-of-this-world expensive, she of necessity started homeschooling their five children. What surprised her was how much she enjoyed it, how much more fulfilled it made her feel as a mother, and how much she learned! Over the years she has enjoyed the leeway homeschooling gave her to break even more with tradition and societal norms and experiment with new teaching methods and ideas. 

Through much trial and error, she has picked up some unique philosophies about education and parenting along the way that she has found to be very effective, and really so much easier on both teacher and student. 

These new ideas, along with lots of experimenting–and some mind-blowing success in the classroom–led to the creation of a system for teaching multiplication (before addition, ideally) that we call MathHacked. She hopes it will become a factor in shifting current educational paradigms. She and Shirl see a new day in education dawning and are excited to be a part of it!

Listen to Heather’s Podcast to Learn More!

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