As teachers and parents, we understand the importance of mastering basic math facts. Basic math facts provide a foundation for math success. It is the precursor for more complex and challenging math procedures. Although we want kids to become fluent with their math facts, this is not a goal that is simple to achieve.
#1 Students need a variety of opportunities to learn and master math facts. Since students learn in different ways, we need to provide ample opportunity for mastery… in a variety of ways.
When it comes to working with math facts, I am all about making it fun and as hands-on as possible. I have created 6 packets in our Addition and Subtraction Bundle to make practice FUN! I have also created our Addition and Subtraction Math Fact Booklets to give students endless opportunities to practice with 216 wipe on and wipe off booklets!
For students who need the extra support, it is my hope and goal that teachers and/or parents will use these resources with manipulatives. Below I will show you a few manipulatives that we like to use for adding and subtracting. For students who don’t need the extra support, manipulatives may not be as necessary. The most important thing is that you, as the teacher, integrate manipulatives, visuals, tables, hundred charts and discussion as needed.
Over time and through multiple avenues of practice, students will begin to master basic addition and subtraction facts automatically. This is ultimate goal and this is what we hope to achieve for our students.
This method allows students to feel successful while working up to mastering more math problems at as faster speed as they become more proficient.When I was in the classroom teaching, my students took these tests daily. They were required to write the problems they missed on the back of the page 3 times each. You can be sure that their proficiency increased quickly!!