We have spent some time learning how to use our Rocket Math folders. It is great to see students working together cooperatively and learning their math facts at the same time! You can read more about Rocket Math on their website here.
As we begin working with larger and more complex numbers, challenges with basic facts begin to show. Students can work the problems using their fingers, TouchMath strategies or a calculator but that slows them down a lot.
Just as our reading fluency practice has increased students abilities to read quickly and smoothly, math fact fluency practice will increase students' ability to recall basic facts. A fact is mastered when it can be answered instantly, without any pause.
We will be using a program called Rocket Math. It will take only a few minutes each day of class time, but students will keep working until they have mastered all the facts.
You can help your child progress and learn faster by practicing at home. Any day your child does not pass a set of facts, he/she will bring that day's practice sheet home in their homework log. It will help a great deal if you practice with your child for five minutes with that sheet. I will include the instructions for practice in the homework log as well. Be sure to read them over. Your child will be able to explain the procedure to you because it is the same that we practice in class.
If your child passed that day's timing they will not have a practice sheet. Instead they can go to Speedy Math and practice online.
As always - your help at home pays off at school and in the future!
This is my fourth year as a District Behaviour Support and Intervention teacher with the New Westminster School District. My focus is on students who are having serious challenges with self-regulation across many domains - biological, emotional, cognitive, social and prosocial - at school, at home and in the community. My role is to provide support to teachers and teams to create an environment for success for the student.