If your child is struggling with math facts, here are some tips based on brain research.
Three principles to understanding memorization of math facts.
Math facts are often very difficult for students to memorize due to the fact that knowing math facts is considered rote learning and are not easily connected to the real world.
Our long-term memories are simply chemical and electrical changes in the brain.
Connecting the visual cortex of the brain to math facts strengthens the memory trace (Thus making it more likely that it'll become long-term memory ... The Goal!)
A Powerful Strategy to Learn Math FACTS based on the three principles.
Home Location Mnemonics This is how home location mnemonics works. First select like 3-4 groups of math facts, say like the 3's, 4's, 6's, and 7's times tables. Write each group of math facts on different colored sticky notes with the answer written on the back. Thus, you might make 3's yellow and 4's green etc. etc. Now the powerful part. Take each set of facts and assign them to a part of the house. So, say you assign the 3's to the kitchen. Attach each sticky note to something in the kitchen. For example, 3x4 is on the toaster, 3x6 is on the fridge, 3x7 is on the garbage can etc. etc. You would do the same thing with the 4's but assign them to the living room. Make sure each set is on a different color and in a different part of the house. Oh, don't forget the bathroom facts!
Now that you are setup study each set of math facts each day, especially right before bed. Now you have something to visually attach to your math facts and before you know it those memory traces will get so strong that your math facts are now part of your long-term memory, the GOAL!
Here is a fun place for your children to practice their math facts together.
Here is a short Kid Snippets video to provide some comic relief about learning math from a child's perspective. Children are recorded interacting and then adults act the interaction out. It makes for some comical videos.
Knowing your math facts makes future math lessons much easier for students. Here are some resources you can print at home to help your child:
Please print out and use these to help your child practice their math facts. If you use these to time your child they should be given 3 seconds per problem. That is considered proficient.