Has your child ever studied math facts at home and forgotten them on the test at school?
Have you used old-fashioned flash cards and your child still gets low test scores?
Has your child written out math facts hundreds of times and had trouble recalling them?
What if your child could master their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division factsin half the time?
How would your life be different? Imagine how your child would feel when they passed their math facts tests with flying colors! Picture them mastering more complex math concepts quickly since you’ve spent less time teaching the facts!
The Math Facts Mastery strategy transforms the learning process for any child, even if your child has studied their math facts for what seems like eternity, and never quite knew them for their tests. It also creates success for any child who has used outdated “flash cards” repeatedly and still does not recall their facts during the test.
The children who seem to have given up on learning their facts are not aware that there is another, more effective strategy available to them. They have struggled only because they have used a learning style method that does not work well for this type of task.
Those who use spatial visualization, visual motor sequencing, vocabulary/ logical/ sequential processing during calculation problems are higher performing.
What this means is that students who understand that math is a visual, logical task, will be more efficient in their learning and problem solving abilities. Their thought processes will activate many areas of the brain and they will “see” the facts in their mind rather than rely on just hearing, or using kinesthetic methods such as finger counting.
The following are two strategies that incorporate visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning strategies. Just as in the Super Speller Strategy, your child will use three learning styles as they learn, but will, again, rely on their visual picture of the facts for more efficient access and recall during their written tests.
With the following strategy your child will be learning addition and subtraction simultaneously. This will reduce their learning time by half. Multiplication and division will be learned at the same time as well.
5 x7 unlined note cards or colored paper.
- Fine tipped colored markers (crayons will also work but tend to be too thick)
Addition and Subtraction Math Facts In Half the Time
- While playing the Mozart music found at and recommended in the resource section, have your child draw a large triangle with colored markers on unlined colored paper. If they are younger, they may use a template you have made. If you choose, you may place the numbers inside the triangle.
For addition and subtraction, you will be using a large, thick right-side up triangle that you see on the following page. For multiplication and division, you will use an upside down triangle.
2. Use as many colored sheets as possible for the different facts. Have your child place the numbers to be added on the outside sides (or just inside) of the bottom and top of the triangle you see in the example above. Put a plus sign at the bottom inside of the triangle. Place the answer at the outside edge on the top of the triangle. Draw a minus sign in the inside at top of the triangle.
3. Tell your child that they will learn the fact over the next 2 days. This reduces anxiety. On the first day you will tell your child that she does not have to learn the fact today. This takes the pressure off of the thought of immediate mastery. On the second day, tell her that today she will learn the fact. That way, your child is already familiar with the fact.
4. Each child holds his or her triangle up above their eye level and in their upper right or upper left visual memory position. You might call this their magic math screen, or to tune their T.V. screen into their math channel. (Refer to Chapter 6 for directions on how to establish where this location is).
5. Ask your child if they would like to learn the exact strategy of children who have an easy time with math facts. Go on to explain that kids who have an easy time see the math facts in pictures just as if they are seeing a movie screen in their mind.
For the remaining steps in math facts in half the time look for part 2 of this article under math in the articles section.
She is the creator of the free learning styles quiz where you can share your visual, auditory or kinesthetic learning styles results with your friends, family, teachers and co-workers. Wyman is a university instructor and created this strategy about cutting learning time for math facts.
Posted by +Pat Wyman, author and founder of HowToLearn.com