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.
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.
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!
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
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:
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:
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.
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 Main Benefits Of The Program
Instruction encompasses all 5 of the principles of teaching/learning that lead to student success.
When the inverse relationship between multiplication and division is understood, kids learn 2 facts for the work of 1.
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.
A Simple 3-Step Method Makes Learning Easy, Engaging and Fun
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10-15 minutes a day is sufficient. Quick Facts is designed to be fun, quick and easy.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Although we make it simple, we never talk down, so our materials can be used for older learners
Yes. I used this process with special needs students. The beauty of this method is that it is totally self-paced.
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
Take advantage of this quick, easy, fun way to learn NOW!