Math Facts Are Important and
Research Proves It!
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What are Math Facts? A
Math Fact is a math problem that a child needs to "just know".
For example, 5+8 is an Addition Math Fact, and 94 is a Subtraction Math Fact. Children
need a lot of practice with Math Facts so that they can progress from using various counting strategies
through to the desired end result of having instant recall and mastery of basic Addition
and Subtraction Math Facts.




Quick Recall of Math Facts Critical Independent research proves that higherlevel math is more difficult to
learn when children have not mastered their Math Facts. This
research proves the need and importance for our children to master
their Math Facts. A few quotes from the experts:  Educators and Cognitive Psychologists agree that the "ability to recall basic
math facts fluently is necessary for students to attain higherorder math skills"
(Whitehurst, 2003).
 "Recent research in cognitive
science, using MRI's, has revealed the actual shift in brain activation patterns as untrained math facts
are learned" (Delazer et al., 2003).
 Instruction
and practice cause math fact processing to move from a quantitative area of the brain to one related to automatic
retrieval" (Dehaene, 2003).

Board
Games Develop Number Sense  "Families that provide opportunites for children to...play simple board
(games) and card games that require the players to count, add,
subtract, and match are giving their children thinking challenges that develop their number
sense" (Wakefield, 1997).
 Research
by Siegler and Ramani (2008) found a "correlation between math achievement and students'
exposure to board games at home."


Giggle Facts is the Answer! Giggle
Facts is a fun way for children to master their Math
Facts. Our Math Facts Program allows students to play games
at every level of learning, not solely as a review after learning is complete. Many
Fact practice books and games only target a portion of the math skills necessary to master
all the Facts. Many are based on rote memory, while others have special tricks to learn some of the
Math Facts. Many games are only suitable to play once the student
has learned all the Facts. Giggle Facts teaches
the students not only to memorize their Addition and Subtraction Facts,
but also to develop a better “number sense” that will enable them to truly understand
the relationship between numbers. This will help them form a solid foundation for more advanced math
concepts in years to come. Finally, the quality time you will spend together playing the games
will be meaningful and enjoyable.

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