There are a number of ways to help a child memorize and practice math facts. Combine printable worksheets, online games, learning apps, online flashcards, and YouTube videos.
For faster learning, try to have your child do one of each item everyday. However, that may not always be realistic. Break up learning, if possible. For example, play a YouTube video at breakfast time, do a math sheet during homework, and play a card game at bedtime. The more they do, the faster your child will learn, but you don't want to create frustration by having them do too much at one time.
- How to Make Custom Addition Math Fact Worksheets
It is quick and easy to make a worksheet for addition math facts. Creating custom math fact worksheets allows you to focus on problems your child struggles with. You can also make math fact worksheets that are fun for kids.
Printable Minute Math Worksheets
I highly recommend Super Teacher Worksheets. These are minute math drills. The idea behind these is to have a child solve as many problems as they can within a fixed period of time, such as a minute.
You can also use these sheets as traditional math sheets. I am working on addition with my child and I like these particular sheets because they give a choice of having the first addend go up to either 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9. The second addend will only go up to 9. I recommend going worksheet by worksheet. Focus on the first sheet that goes up to 2, then move onto the worksheet that goes up to 3, and so on.
You will find minute math worksheets for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Math War Card Game
Math War is a card game that makes learning math facts a lot of fun for kids. You can buy math war cards for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Basically, you deal the deck of cards to each player. In each round, the player with the highest answer wins. You can also come up with your own variations on the game. Math War is easy enough that you can do it with a kindergartner and perhaps a preschooler.
Softschools.com has a few really good games. For addition, I like the following:
The customized game gives you the option to choose your own addends. You can also find games for subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Fact Monster has an excellent online addition flashcard game that offers 7 levels. Children earn stars for each correct answer and for each set finished. Subtraction, multiplication, and division are also included.
iPad and Android Apps
Tablets and phones can be great for teaching math facts because they make it fun. Search the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for math fact games. Some are free.
YouTube has lots of videos and songs that help kids learn math facts. In the YouTube search, type in 'learn math facts' and choose videos that you think your child will enjoy. You can save the videos you like in a playlist.
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© 2011 LT Wright
dschoengarth on September 04, 2013:
I love to see how other people are teaching their kids! We have struggled for years with math facts at our house. Have you seen: crazymathmom.com? It is worth checking out...free ways to teach basic facts.