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Helping Your Child to Learn the Basic Facts

  • Use materials (buttons, coins etc) to show the facts
  • Draw the fact. Use a variety of different materials to make it fun. E.g. chalk, water on paint brushes, sand trays etc.
  • Encourage children to record the results in their own way.
  • Record the fact as an equation. If it helps, write it out more than one time.
  • Get them to ‘prove it to you’.
  • Image it. Create a picture of it in their mind. Get them to talk about their image.
  • Make it competitive. Challenge them to beat their own time.
  • Use songs or make up rhymes to support learning facts.
  • Have strategies to help. Use what they already know.
        e.g. If you know 6 + 6 = 12, then 6 + 7 = 13
        4 x 8 is tricky. But if 2 x 8 = 16, we double it. 16+16=32
        6 x 8 is tricky, but 5 x 8 = 40 plus 1 x 8 = 8, so 40 + 8 = 48

AS CHILDREN PROGRESS THROUGH THE NUMERACY STAGES, INSTANT RECALL OF THE BASIC FACTS IS ESSENTIAL AND CAN ONLY BE LEARNT THROUGH PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.