Using Math Grids in your Homeschool

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Several months ago I created my first set of math grid practice sheets. I know in that post I explained a few tips, but I wanted to make a central, easy-to-locate post that shares how you can use math grids in your homeschool and why they are helpful – even motivational.

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.

FREE Facts Master Badges printables

The Challenge

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.

Gaining Confidence

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 is to help him with his memorization.

Grids for Practice

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!!

Download all our other Math Grids

Tips for Printing 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

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Reward them

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.

Download the Facts Master Badges

These badges can be printed and used as a fun reward or tracking system for your kids as they master their math facts. Included are two sets – one in boy(ish) colors and one a little more girly. 

To download the Facts Master Badges, simply add them to your cart and checkout. **Upon checkout, you will be added to my Weekly Newsletter list.**

 

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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