Is Your Child Exhibiting Any Of These Symptoms?
If you've encountered these problems (or ones like them) then you know how frustrating it can be for them and you to confidently move forward in your math lessons. You realize there's something that's holding them back.
You've used pages and pages of paper printing off "free math worksheets" from the internet -- all with the hopes that one more worksheet, one more timed drill, or one more math game will finally do the trick.
Before addressing the symptoms, let's diagnose the problem.
As a former schoolteacher for over 25 years, I saw these problems and more.
My experience has taught me that in order for students to really excel at math, to love problem solving and logical reasoning, and to recognize numerical relationships, they need some tools at their disposal.
Immediate recall of basic facts is one of those tools.
Basic Facts Are The Building Blocks Of Other Math Skills.
Without having immediate recall of basic facts to build upon, it’s really hard to handle fractions, word problems, and prime and composite numbers.
Much less algebra!!
Not everyone agrees about the importance of basic facts.
The prevailing philosophy underlying this is that as long as students basically understand what multiplication and division are all about, they can figure up the facts or use a calculator.
True, but what a cumbersome, inefficient way to work!
The Efficient Path To Math Success- Immediate Recall Of Basic Facts.
Thinking about 'how children learn' is one of the first steps in creating successful teaching materials.
Here are five tried and true principles that lead to student success:
PRESENT INFORMATION IN SMALL INCREMENTS
SHOW CONNECTION IN MATERIAL TO BE LEARNED
ATTACH NEW LEARNING TO PREVIOUS LEARNING
PRESENT MATERIAL OFTEN AND IN DIFFERING WAYS
CREATE A PLEASANT, ENGAGING ATMOSPHERE
Since Nothing Existed To Help My Students I Created My Own Solution...
...to introduce third-graders to basic facts.
My third-graders were struggling! And mastery of basic facts was a required objective! I started out trying to teach basic facts the way the math text suggested:
- Multiplication 1 – 5
- Division 1 – 5
- Multiplication 6 - 10
- Division 6 - 10
Some of my students couldn't get those facts internalized, and many of them thought of division as a separate skill from multiplication…and a more difficult one. They needed strategies and focused practice. So over a period of time, I perfected my own method by:
- Changing the order in which the tables were taught
- Teaching multiplication and division together
- Providing unique flash cards for practice
- Determining mastery with timed tests
...to review basic facts with fifth-graders who were struggling.
Later…a different locality and fifth-graders, many of whom were still struggling with basic facts.
No problem. I know how to handle this!
I pulled out my old third-grade materials and set aside just 10 minutes at the beginning of each math class to teach basic facts. The students enjoyed learning them this way. It didn’t take long to get those basic facts in their math tool kits, and we could focus on the really good math stuff.
Thereafter, basic facts became part of my fifth-grade curriculum, beginning on the very first day of school.
My students enjoyed the system and the challenge of improving every day, in competition only with themselves.
I had tried to learn my facts for 3 years, this year was the easiest because I had Quick Facts.
Quick Facts are a fun and easy way to learn times tables, and they help you with other math.
Having Quick Facts with multiplication and division together makes them easier.
The Solution That Helped Hundreds of Students For Over 15 Years Can Now Help Your Child Succeed At Basic Facts:
Master Multiplication and Division on IMMEDIATE RECALL!
Why It Works:
The Main Benefits Of The Program
Set Your Pace
Instruction encompasses all 5 of the principles of teaching/learning that lead to student success.
Learn 2 For 1
When the inverse relationship between multiplication and division is understood, kids learn 2 facts for the work of 1.
Become A Master
There's criteria to meet before moving on to the next lesson. Built in review after each new table makes facts stick!
Some kids dread the "big" tables, like 7's and 8's. Our sequence builds on previously-learned facts where easy facts are learned first.
How It Works:
A Simple 3-Step Method Makes Learning Easy, Engaging and Fun
Step 1: Watch The Instructional Video
A DVD player or DVD drive is required to view the videos
Each kit contains instructional videos where I'll teach the kids just the way I would in the classroom. Your child will internalize the concepts because the videos provide sound instructional strategies for learning them.
Plus you'll have your own personal on-demand teaching assistant,...me.
Step 2: Practice The Flash Cards
After instruction, students will practice with unique flashcards.
Unique because the students find the answer to the multiplication problem in the related division example on the other side, and vice versa. This practice helps the child to recall the answer without any mental calculation or counting up.
Step 3: Take The Timed Test
When students are confident they know the facts, they'll take a timed test. There's one for each multiplication and division table and review tests to follow each new learning segment.
Their progress and speed on the timed tests keeps them motivated.
Here's what a Quick Facts with Grandma Bee kit includes:
- 1 DVD containing 27 videos
- 1 binder with 47 individual timed tests and their corresponding answer keys
- 1 set of unique multiplication and division combo flash cards
- 1 student folder for taking tests and for tracking progress
- 1 wet erase pen
- 1 yellow highlighter
And To "Sweeten The Pot",
We Added Something Extra To The Program
To keep learning interesting, we integrated a beekeeping theme.
In addition to teaching, beekeeping is another one of my favorite things.
We've built in:
This stuff is easy!
Can I increase my speed and accuracy today?
Look at my chart! I only have one more fact left to learn!
I wonder if there’s something new about bees in the next lesson.
Wow! I didn’t know that every honeybee I see is a girl. Girls do all the work!
Who knew so much of my food depends on honeybees?
Learning about honeybees makes each step
less like a math assignment
and more like an adventure.
Watch the video below to see what we mean:
Ready To Get Your Child On Their Way To Multiplication & Division Mastery?
Plan to stop by our booth (#438). Bring your child and let them try out this proven method right there on the spot.
And while you’re there, you can register for a free kit.
Still Wondering If Quick Facts Is Right For You And Your Child?
I already have a math curriculum. Why do I need Quick Facts with Grandma Bee?
Our goal is to supplement your math curriculum with educationally sound instruction—no gimmicks. We teach correct mathematical terminology as we go along.
Keep the curriculum you already have! We fill this niche for you.
How will I be able to fit Quick Facts with Grandma Bee into my already busy teaching schedule?
Since you only need to allocate 10 minutes or so each day for basic facts, you don’t have to rearrange your daily plans. The instruction is done for you. I am your on-demand teaching assistant whenever you need me.
The kit includes how-to videos that show you and your child how to use the materials successfully. A built-in timer is included with the videos. Children can time themselves. You are free to be an overseer.
Keep in mind, we’re working towards immediate recall. The time you spend mastering basic facts now will be repaid with more efficient and accurate work later.
How much time does Quick Facts with Grandma Bee take?
10-15 minutes a day is sufficient. Quick Facts is designed to be fun, quick and easy.
I’ve tried everything else, why will Quick Facts with Grandma Bee be any different?
The instruction is educationally sound and gimmick-free. Multiplication and division are taught together. We provide focused practice. Mastery is proven after each small segment.
Hundreds of students have mastered basic facts using this process. If it didn’t work, I would have found another method that did.
I’m concerned that Quick Facts with Grandma Bee won’t work for MY child.
If immediate recall of basic facts is part of the child’s curriculum, I see no reason what it wouldn’t work. Once I refined this method, I truthfully never had a student who didn’t master basic facts.
Could I use Quick Facts with Grandma Bee to introduce basic facts?
Yes. You know your child best and will know when he/she is ready. A child who is ready to internalize basic facts will not balk at this program.
My child is in the 6th grade and doesn’t know his facts. Will Quick Facts with Grandma Bee work?
Yes. Although we make it simple, we never talk down, so our materials can be used for older learners
Can I use Quick Facts with Grandma Bee for special needs children?
Yes. I used this process with special needs students. The beauty of this method is that it is totally self-paced.
Can you guarantee that Quick Facts with Grandma Bee will work for my child?
We can’t guarantee learning because we can’t control all the circumstances. We can guarantee the quality of the product. If you follow the steps as they are specified, I cannot see any reason why success wouldn’t be the result.
In retirement an idea kept nagging at me. "You know how to teach basic facts. Why not put together your techniques in a simple 3-step kit and make it available to teachers, parents and students?"
I did. It’s done. It's right here, just for you.
- Brenda Bailey