5 Tips for Fast Math

1. Make sure your child understands the concept

  • Use Manipulatives ( beans, blocks, pennies) to help build the problems
  • Use manipulative to solve the problems
  • Solve the problem without manipulative

2. Do a pretest and see what your child already knows.

3. Practice the facts:

  • Create flashcards
    • http://www.aplusmath.com/flashcards/Flashcard_Creator.html
  • Play games with dice:
    • Use a timer and 2 die, roll the dice and answer out loud. See how many problems can be solved in 1 minute or 2 minutes. Keep a chart and track progress.
    • http://www.enasco.com/math/Math+Manipulatives/Dice/
  • Play computer games

4. Create worksheets

  • Math Worksheet creator:
    • http://www.math-worksheets-generator.com/
    • http://www.superkids.com/aweb/tools/math/
  • Practice writing the answer
  • Review errors, demonstrate patterns

5. Practice times facts with pencil and paper

  • Horizontal
  • Vertical

About Melissa Mullin, Ph.D.

I am the director of the K & M Center in Santa Monica, CA. Our goal is to help children reach their academic potential. We specialize in creating individualize learning programs so each of our students can do better in school and life.
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2 Responses to 5 Tips for Fast Math

  1. I thought you may be interested in a math manipulative that I invented called the ZeroSum Ruler. it makes working with negative numbers much easier and more concrete. My graduate thesis results showed a 62% decrease in student error on a delayed-retention test one month after the last of three activities with the ruler. Before the ruler, I was getting a lot of “-22 + 5 = -27, etc., where my students were confusing addition with the rules of multiplication. You can check out my site at http://zerosumruler.wordpress.com/

    • Melissa Mullin, Ph.D. says:

      This a great idea! Concrete tools for working with negative numbers are very helpful. Thank you for sharing your idea.

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