Anonymous asked in Education & ReferencePrimary & Secondary Education · 1 decade ago

What exactly are "Math Facts?" and how do I teach them to my son?

I have been told he needs help with his MATH FACTS. I want to help but don't remember that from school and just want ideas / tips from others (rather than soley the teacher) on what works or has worked for your child. Thanks!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Math facts are the basic operations of math, like addition, subtraction, and multiplication and division for slightly older kids. If he needs help with math facts, that probably means that he needs help learning to do operations quicker and more efficiently, ie: not having to count on fingers, etc.

    To teach them to your son, a lot of practice is the best way. Addition and subtraction are taught well with objects, and multiplication and division operations can be memorized.

  • math facts for a first grader or so are 1 + 1 = 2, 1 + 2 = 3, so on... all the way to 12. so the last fact would be 12 +12.

    for multiplication its the same. but it will be easiest and most useful to learn them in this order: two's, fives, tens, then doubles (6 x 6 = 36, 7 x 7 = 49, 12 x 12 = 144, etc.)

    you can make a nice little worksheet for him and make flash cards of the facts.

    a workheet that looks like this:

    1 x 1 = ___

    2 x 2 = ___

    3 x 3 = ___

    4 x 4 = ___ ...

    when you say them you can say them with a rythym, and it also helps if you have him draw pictures of the multiplaction facts.

    example for 3 x 5 you could have a grid with 3 blocks wide and 5 blocks long, or you could place 3 stacks of 5 crackers on the table to show him what the facts really mean.

    heres a link that may help too.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Get math flash cards from wal-mart . Have him memorize a few at a time. Whether it's subtraction Adding or multipling or divideing. When I learned my facts back in the 1940's we had to memorize them and it all doesn't happen at once. do a few at a time. . I was a Chapter 1 math instructor in a school system for 3 years. I played math games ,which helps them learn math really fast. Find a store that caters to teachers They will have games to help your son. Good Luck. BE PATIENT WITH HIM

    Source(s): working as a Chapter 1 math instructional assistant in an elementary school for 3 years. I help a lot of children understand math problems especially long division.
  • Repetition works. drill him on 1+1=2, 2-1=1, 1x1=1, 1/1=1(divided by)

    If he cannot instantaniously (sp?) come up with 7x3=21, then he will struggle with complex stuff....278 x 356=98968.

    Facts would be the numbers 1-10 added & subtracted, and nubers 1-12 multiplied & divided.

    Use tricks, like 9x any number equals a number that can be added to get 9, like 7x9=63 (notice 6 is one less than 7) 6+3=9. Look on or do a search for math facts...and explore on your son's behalf.

    I cannot express enuf that learning my facts later has been a huge help to teaching my kid why it is so fundamentally important. (i took algebra 3 times & still didn't get it due to my lack of math fact memorization)

    go over it in the car on the way to school, orally. waiting in line? facts. taking a shower? facts. do simple math in a store to show why it is useful...this peanut butter costs less per ounce....

    Good luck, I know it is tough.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Math facts I believe are just the basic facts, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Also, I would review money and time with your child, depending on how old he is. It's best to use concrete (things you can touch, or things he knows about) objects when discussing your facts. Make things as visual as possible--so you can not only see them, but can touch them like making lines on a paper to touch to count the final sum.

    Hope this helps!

  • 1 decade ago

    Math facts...being able to quickly answer a simple addition/subtraction/multiplication/division problem. This requires memorization, not just being able to count on fingers, objects, etc. Make a game of it; use songs, flash cards, bingo...whatever you can come up with to make it fun and he'll learn faster and retain it better that way. Try to enjoy your time together; don't get frustrated.

  • 1 decade ago

    Start from the simple mathematical operations: Addition, substraction, multiplication, division. Then proceed to place values, fractions, decimals, percentages and rounding off and ordering of operations (multiplication first, then division, then addition, then substraction). Explain math sentences: n + m = l is one complete math sentence.

    Higher level will deal with theorems and postulates.

    Hope this helps.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i think that when he getts home from school and if he has math homework your should help him and/or you should sit him down and ask him what exactly he is having trobel with and then go on from there help him understand

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