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Memorization of math facts

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From: Ralph (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: May 23, 2007 at 13:07:38
Subject: Re: Memorization of math facts

Dear Cheryl, Thank you for writing to T2T. Your son is certainly not alone in having difficulty committing basic facts to memory, and you're certainly right that it can be extremely frustrating for them (and us!! :) Since you mention how "anxious" your son gets when it comes time to practice his math facts, then one suggestion I'd have is to try to create situations for him where he is learning his math facts in a "non- threatening" environment. Play games such as Snakes and Ladders (in some places called Chutes and Ladders), where he's rolling dice and finding the sum of the dice, or card games like "Addition Snap" [where two players, e.g. you and your son] turn over two cards from a deck of cards with the 10s and face cards removed, and the first player to call out the correct sum gets the two cards--player with the most cards at the end of the game wins], addition bingo, and other games. There's also a very neat book I came across recently called Math Aerobics, which provides games, music, "calisthenics", etc. all with the purpose of helping kids memorize basic addition facts. The Author's name is Joan Raymondo Costello--you can purchase the book at Barnes & Noble, or contact the author (for a discounted price) at: Joan Raymondo Costello e-mail: enoch@buffnet.net Hope some of these ideas help. -Ralph, for the T2T service

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