Quick recall of math facts is essential to success in math from first grade through college and beyond. Student's performance in this area is a priority at Resurrection School. Because of this, all classrooms grades 1-5 are using a program titled Mastering Math Facts-/Rocket Math. The key points to this program are:
~Students do not begin to memorize facts until they understand the concepts of addition and subtraction.
~Students proceed at an individualized pace.
Research has proven that "chunking" information into groups of 2 or 3 is the best way to memorize, therefore facts are taught in groups of 2 plus their inverses.
Our second graders are going to use this program to improve memorization of math facts. Parent participation is essential to the program so we are asking for parental help. Parents can help us by practicing at home the same set of facts your child is learning at school. Any day your child does not pass a set of facts, he or she will bring that day's practice sheet home as homework. We are asking you to practice with your child for five minutes using that sheet. Here is how we recommend you practice. Your child should have the day's practice sheet (without answers written in) in front of themselves. Have your child read each fact aloud and then say the answers to you. If you hear either the slightest hesitation or an error on one of the facts, immediately give your child the correct answer. Then ask your child to repeat the problem and the answer once again. Next, back up three problems and have your child begin again. If there is no hesitation or mistake when the problem is reached this time, be sure to praise your child and let them continue.
Work until finishing the top half of the page, but no more than five minutes in one session. If you wish to do a second session, wait at least an hour, or try it again in the morning.
Please be watching for your child to be bringing home their practice sheets daily. We are very excited about this method of memorizing math facts.
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