Some of your students may be ready for math facts practice in kindergarten and first grade. Providing your students some rich activities to practice and remember basic facts will help them to become better math problem solvers. But how do you do that in an early childhood class?
You would start with the pirate map – every student gets one to track what facts they have shown mastery of.
Students will color the numbers to show they have mastery. From there you would plan activities to help them work on their addition skills.
Do we need to or are we asked to kill and drill our students on math facts? Hopefully not. Just like learning the alphabet, learning math facts should be low stress and fun.
Do we need to overwhelm our students with flashcards? Of course not, but many will argue there is a place for flashcards in your approach. The point here, you have to look at YOUR requirements for your school, look at your standards, and do what you think is best for the group of students you have sitting in your classroom!
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