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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Math Facts Must be Mastered
Recently, a parent asked:

"My child is learning her multiplication facts fairly well, but she still does not know her addition and subtraction math facts yet.  Is this abnormal?  What should I do about it?"

Actually, I see it happen more often than one might think, so no, it isn't abnormal.  I believe that the underlying reason, more often than not, is that children can rely on other strategies to answer an addition or subtraction question fairly quickly, whereas in most cases they can't do this for multiplication facts.  Let me explain with an example...

9 + 6.  A child can quickly start at nine, and count up 6 numbers in their head, going 10-11-12-13-14-15 (6 numbers).  They get to 15, albeit slowly, but since they've answered the question correctly, they allow themselves to keep using this strategy and they do not commit this math fact to memory.  In other words, they've not mastered this math fact, but they can get to the right question, so they think "good enough" and move on.  But it isn't "good enough", and they will be much slower when they start having to learn and master higher level math concepts that build on math facts.

With 9 x 6, they do not really have a choice other than to commit this multiplication fact to memory.  It is too slow and usually too difficult to skip count by 9's, 6 times (9-18-27-36-45-54), so there is no other choice but for them to commit this fact to memory.

The issue is likely that your child has not been exposed to the math facts enough to achieve mastery.  The good news is that it is not too late, and it only takes a small commitment of 5 to 15 minutes per day, 4 to 7 times a week!

As part of my tutoring business, I frequently see children struggling with higher level math concepts, and one of the underlying reasons for this is they've never committed their addition and subtraction math facts to memory in kindergarten through to second or third grade.  The curriculum moves along quickly in the classroom, and if a child hasn't mastered a new strategy or concept, the curriculum must nonetheless be covered and the teacher has to move on.  Teachers do their best to give each student individual attention, but the reality is that parents sometimes need to support their child at home.

If your child is in Kindergarten, First, Second, or Third Grade, consider our Giggle Facts Math Program.  Kindergarteners and First Graders will be at the beginning stages of fact learning, while Second and some Third Graders will be solidifying the facts.  Giggle Facts is a fun way to learn math facts and a great way to spend quality time with your child playing board games!  There are 50 games included, and the math facts are broken down into 26 levels.  If you do not want to spend the money, do what my parents did: get out some boring old flashcards, and practice the math facts with your child until they have committed them to memory.  Giggle Facts is more fun, and it won't make learning math feel like a trip to the dentist for you or your child, but either way, your child needs to learn her math facts to ensure her future success with higher level math concepts and math strategies.

Don't just take my word for it, check out
independent research we've documented about the importance of math facts...it is all there, in black and white.

Thanks for the question!  Let me know if I can be of further assistance!  Smile
11:40 am edt 

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mastering Math Facts - I am here to help...

Parents, you've got questions about how to help your child learn their addition and subtraction math facts.  As an experienced teacher and private tutor, I have suggestions and answers for you.  You are welcome to ask questions, I will post them (anonymously) to this blog, and I will answer them in a timely fashion.

I have invented the Giggle FactsÔ math program to help you give your child an advantage in mastering their math facts.  It is value-packed, a lot of fun, and great for your kid(s).  If you choose not to purchase Giggle FactsÔ, please use this forum to ask me questions about your child's math facts mastery.  I'm here to help!

Thank you - Laurie.
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10:16 am est 

2009.03.01 | 2008.11.01

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Laurie's Top 10 Reasons - Use Giggle Facts!

 

Number 10 - Because your satisfaction is guaranteed - there is zero risk in buying it.  If, for any reason, you choose to return Giggle Facts back to Laurie within the first 14 days of owning it, she'll take it back, and give you a full refund!  Now there's a teacher who believes in what she has created!

 

Number 9 -  Because all the materials are included to let you have fun with your kid(s) while they master their Math Facts!

 

Number 8 - Because it has 50 math games (that's a lot!) and math worksheets.  The 26 levels include a constant review of strategies and math facts that have been learned.

 

Number 7 - Because Flashcards are boring.  Frown  Most Kids and Adults don't enjoy flashcards.  Children love playing board games, card games and dominoes, and Giggle Facts is FILLED with a bunch of fantastic, full-color laminated game boards, as well as components that make learning Math Facts a lot of fun! 

 

Number 6 - Because research proves that kids learn best when playing games and having fun.  And, since Giggle Facts is full of fun math games...well, you get the picture...

 

Number 5 - Because it ISN'T computer or Internet-based!  We all love the convenience that computers have brought us, and the Internet is uber-cool.  However, there is no replacement for physically sitting down with a child and giving them the best gift of all - your time and guidance! 

 

Number 4 - Because Laurie created it, and she has a deep passion for creating games for kids to learn in a fun environment.  She's an excellent teacher and tutor, and has put Giggle Facts together in a way to share her deep knowledge and passion for making learning math fun!

 

Number 3 - Because a child's future success in math is worth far more than just $39.99.  With 50 math games, that's less than $1.00 per game!

 

Number 2 - Because Giggle Facts breaks down the learning of Math Facts into 26 separate levels.  No other math program or math games make learning facts so easy (and it really is a lot of fun too!).  Children really respond to our step-by-step, fun approach! - we guarantee it!

And, the Number 1 Reason to Buy Giggle Facts is...

 

Number 1 - Because once children have mastered their Addition and Subtraction Math Facts, they are strongly set to succeed in other more complex math concepts that build upon these "oh, so important" Math Facts!

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