If there’s one thing I’ve learned (the hard way) is that there’s really no way around prioritizing math facts. Memorizing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division tables is as fun as watching paint dry. BUT, it’s beyond necessary.
When kids struggle with math, it’s often because these math facts are what we call “sticky.” They don’t just pop into your brain like 2 + 2 does. If 5 x 7 gets “sticky” in your brain and you have to think it through, it’s not quite memorized.
If this is the case for most of your child’s math facts, consider taking a break from your curriculum lessons and focus on memorization.
Try a season of playing the games mentioned above in #4, including the games in your CTCMath dashboard.
We also really like memorizing the multiplication tables using songs. Print out my multiplication song cue cards for an easy way to learn the songs for each table.
And if you want to try traditional math worksheets, we like to use Web Math Minute.
For an easy refresher on multiplication facts, take a look at your child’s lesson plan in CTCMath and find the section for Times Tables. You can assign your child the whole Times Table topic and these lessons will step them through daily practice that will catch them up quickly.
Not only is this an un-intimidating way to catch up in math facts, but you’ll be able to see how they’re doing on their lessons. You’ll also be able to see their scores on their Speed Skills. With all this info, you’ll know for sure when they’ve got their math facts down and are ready to move on.