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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What age group is most appropriate for Mondo Math?

A: Mondo Math Multiplication is very effective for 3rd and 4th graders, and can be helpful for 2nd graders or by anyone wishing to review or reinforce their math-fact skills.

Mondo Math Addition may be used by K-3rd grade students with great success.

Q: Which grade levels would benefit from Fab Phonics?

A: Fab Phonics is ideal for 1st and 2nd graders. It can also be used in kindergarten with great results. English as a Second Language (ESL) students or other adults wishing to increase their decoding skills and improve their reading strategies can also benefit from Fab Phonics.

Q: Who does all those different voices on the Mondo Math recordings?

A: Most of the impersonations on Mondo Math were done by Jon Spivack. However, some voices were provided by Brad Pugh, Trina Spivack, and Linda Pugh.

Q: Who played the music on the Mondo Math and Fab Phonics recordings?

A: Almost all of the music on Mondo Math was done by Jon Spivack (guitar, bass, and harmonica) and Brad Pugh (drums, keyboard), with some contributions by Trina Spivack (keyboard). Special thanks to Kirt Shearer, engineer at Paradise Studios, Sacramento, California.

A variety of musicians can be heard on Fab Phonics, including: electric and acoustic bass, drums, percussion, saxophone, flute, keyboard, acoustic piano, and vocals. Trina Spivack played acoustic piano and keyboards, and Jon Spivack played all the guitar parts. The musicians included: Steve Comber, Tony Galioto, Scott Gordon, Mike McMullen, Scott Reams, Jon Spivack, and Trina Spivack. The engineers were Kirt Shearer and Scott Reams at Paradise Studios, Sacramento, California.

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

A: To get to the other side.

Q: Why did the chicken cross the playground?

A: To get to the other slide.

Q: Why did the chicken refuse to play baseball?

A: He was afraid he might hit a "fowl" ball.