Are you wondering how to help your child get better at math?
I’m going to show you a way to memorize math facts that I saw work with almost every child. It’s old-school. It’s low tech. I think it’s been around since teachers rode to work on their dinosaurs.
When I was in school, I was always weaker in math than in reading or writing. Once I became a teacher, I realized that I LOVE teaching math. Want to know why? I got better at math thanks to a very math-minded friend in college. He showed me how math really does make sense. I realized that math isn’t that hard, after all. It’s just that it’s taught so badly in public school. I don’t even want to go over all the terrible math programs I had to use, both as a student and as a teacher. UGH.
If your child is struggling with math, get familiar with mastery programs vs. spiral. Understand that one method or the other might work better for your child. Personally, I can adapt a mastery program to the needs of a student much better than I can adapt a spiral program – so I use a mastery program!
The next thing to do if your child is struggling with math is to make sure that math facts are memorized! This is non-negotiable to me, unless the child has special needs/learning disabilities that truly prevent it.
Pulling math facts from memory rather than having to figure out a simple math problem is a natural next step in mathematical development.
You can use many different methods to memorize math facts. In these modern times, parents often turn to high-tech solutions to learn math facts. Those are fine, too, but don’t be too hasty to throw away the old methods. In particular, I’ve seen one old method prove itself to be my best method for how to teach math facts.
This old-school method of memorizing math facts is cheap, effective, and has the advantage of giving kids practice in writing out math problems. Watch the video and see this simple method.