I have always loved a challenge. In fact, I could probably be described as a “carrot” person when it comes to motivating me. Dangle a reward in front of me and I will find a way to get it!! I think that’s why I have such fond memories of the Facts Master program when I was in Elementary. The challenge of getting faster and faster at my math facts only fueled me on. We practiced in class, but I also took it upon myself to practice at home nearly every day. Although I didn’t make the fastest time in the program, I came very close. I was thrilled.
While our oldest is very good at math, he is not always very quick at the problems. Nor does he know his facts from memory. A lot of times I catch him still trying to “figure them out” in his head. Although I think he knows them, he lacks confidence. My goal with these fun math facts grids are to help him with his memorization.
There are 4 grids in each set: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. If you’ve never used them before they are easy peasy to set up and use. No really…they are!! Simply write the numbers 0-9 across the top and down the side in random order. You will do this on each grid. Then set the timer, beginning with 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, grade the grids. Once they complete the grids with no mistakes at 10 minutes, you can lower the time to 9 minutes. Then, 8 minutes – 6 minutes – 5 minutes and 4 minutes. You can of course keep going down in time if your students are inspired and up for the challenge!!
Here are few tips on printing and using the grids.
- Print the grids on cardstock or heavier paper and laminate them for more practice
- If you laminate them, use a wax pencil or dry erase markers, which wipe off easily
- Use these for practice when learning math facts
- Use them for motivation for learning math facts
- Set up a reward system – especially if you have a “carrot” child
Mister Bull works really well with rewards and is always asking me how he’s doing on his papers and whether or not he got an A+. So, I decided to create some fun Facts Master Badges. You can download them by clicking on the pictures below. There are badges for boys in boy-like colors and badges for girls in more girly colors.
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Facts Master Badges for Girls
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