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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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