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### Helping Your Child to Learn the Basic Facts

 Use materials (buttons, coins etc) to show the factsDraw 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 = 48AS CHILDREN PROGRESS THROUGH THE NUMERACY STAGES, INSTANT RECALL OF THE BASIC FACTS IS ESSENTIAL AND CAN ONLY BE LEARNT THROUGH PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.