Sunday, July 26, 2009

Flash Cards

Avery decided he really does want to learn the math tables after all, and that he would rather do it with flash cards than games and things like I've been trying to entice him with. Sometimes broccoli is best just plain, huh? I made some real quick, some that he can practice with himself.
Each number is circled at the top, telling us which table we're working on, and the numbers 1-12 below are reminders to practice adding, subtracting, and multiplying those numbers.

Here's the back of one of the cards, for practicing those pesky division problems. These cards aren't meant to be tricky, but rather easy for Avery to self check and just sort of zip through he tables. We're going to carve out a few minutes each day to work on this, and hopefully it won't take too long to memorize it all, now that he's interested.
His math understanding is great, and he really hasn't had a problem with plodding through complex problems, counting it all out to find the answers, but he does get frustrated sometimes when he can't answer problems without a pencil and paper. I've been letting that frustration build, occasionally reminding him that memorizing would make it a lot easier to work through these problems, but not forcing the issue. Finally he's stepped forward, ready to tackle all those long lists of numbers!

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