Do you have a child who needs to practice math facts?
There are a variety of both paid and free resources available that your child can use to master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Many of these resources can actually make math facts practice enjoyable for your child.
I have some suggested resources for you today that will hopefully help your child master math facts.
Let’s look at what they are.
Resources Your Kids Can Use to Practice Math Facts
Here are some helpful tools for learning math facts.
Hands-On Practice Mats
Practice mats, like the one pictured at right, make abstract numbers and facts concrete. They enable your child to see how 1 + 1 makes 2 because your child uses manipulatives such as beans or counters on the mat to make the math facts. The mat at right from Add and Subtract with Maxwell Mouse comes with mouse and cheese counters your child can use. This technique is very effective for hands-on learning.
Puzzles or Practice Cards
Assembling math facts puzzles or using practice cards where your child matches a math fact to the answer are also beneficial methods for learning. They work well for kinesthetic learners who don’t like to write.
(If you need practice cards, you’ll find some in Add and Subtract with Maxwell Mouse. 😉 )
Charts and Tables
Hundreds charts and multiplication tables can help your child both practice and reference math facts. They enable him to see the whole picture and not just the parts.
Your child can use flash cards for quick practice sessions. They’re portable so they can be handy for practice on-the-go. Want to make flash card practice fun? Check out these flash card games. They can be played by one or two players and work well with the individual learning needs of each player.
Games are perfect for making math facts practice enjoyable because they add an element of fun to an otherwise dreary task. Check out this page for tons of fun learning games.
Of course, worksheets are another common tool for math practice. Filling out a practice page can be a bit more enjoyable if you make into a race against the clock with a timer. Don’t do this until your child has become somewhat familiar with a set of math facts.
Songs and Chants
Songs and chants can make math facts practice enjoyable for your child. You can usually find CDs of math facts songs in stores or on Amazon. Math facts chants like “4 + 4 = 8” or “6 x 2 = 12” can be done while marching, bouncing a ball, jumping rope, or doing some other physical activity.
Computer software, mobile device apps, and online games are helpful for math facts practice. They are usually designed to make learning enjoyable for kids so you might want to look into them.
I hope these resources help your kids practice math facts and master them easily and quickly. If you know of other methods for practice, please share them in the comment section.
Oh, and don’t forget to keep track of math facts mastery on an incentive chart so that your child can see his progress towards his goals. 😉