How to Master the Math Facts: Addition and Subtraction
Mastering math facts can be difficult and boring for kids, but knowing the facts can make math so much easier for them in the long run.
So what is the best way to teach the facts and make them stick without boring your kids?
Make mastering the math facts fun!
Today, I am going to share with you a few ways we are mastering the addition and subtraction math facts in a fun, hands on way.
Hands-On Manipulatives For Math
Most kids learn best by manipulating things with their hands. So, hands on resources are essential.
Math Games for Addition and Subtraction
One way we make everything fun in our house is games! So of course we are using games to master our math facts.
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Apps To Help Your Child Learn Math
We love using our Kindle Fire for school. Having apps that help focus on math fact fluency are essential in our homeschool.
DVD’s That Teach Math Facts
My daughter learns a ton through watching things on television. So I love having a few fun math fact shows at the ready.
Fun Math Printables for Addition and Subtraction
One of the ways you can make math fun is by using fun printables.
I picked all the ones I knew would be fun for my daughter (mostly ones that involved coloring and dice). Then I used them to make a math fact book for her.
You can search places like Teacher Pay Teachers or Pinterest and find printables that would appeal best to your child.
DIY Math Activities
One of my daughter’s favorite things to play with is LEGOs. So why not turn that into math practice too?
For this activity I used a fine tip Sharpie to write numbers on the bricks and now she can use them to “build sums”.
Another simple activity is this fun flower pot sums. To make this I used Astrobrights Cardstock, a 1.5″ scalloped punch, a 1″ circle punch, and popsicle sticks to create the flowers that would be “planted” into the pots.
I wrote all the math facts for sums to 10 and scattered them around (this activity would be so fun to take outside). I found these flower pots at the Dollar Tree and wrote 1-10 on them.
Another great option if you want something to help you teach the facts that includes games and practice are the Math Facts that Sticks book series by Kate Snow.