math rocks!

 
Rolling dice improves your child’s numerical fluency! Being numerically fluent transcends paper and pencil arithmetic.  Your child’s fluency is a good reflection of their deep, rich and connected understanding of how our number system works.  When elementary school children fall behind in math, it is most likely due to poor number fluency.  5 minutes of practice a day, every day, is the ticket to success in mathematics for your child.


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Download math rocks!

  1. Math Rocks is a program designed by Pi Q Math to help children build strong fluency with whole numbers.

More ideas for practicing mental math at home:
The 24 Game! is a game the whole family can play.  There are several versions available from focusing only on addition and subtraction to a level that adults will find fun which includes multiplication and division.  
MultiFlow is an excellent app for practicing multiplication facts.  A child can focus on specific tables without the pressure of time or try their hand at a mad minute.  The app also includes a game that gives the answer and you must find the question within a certain amount of time.  The app covers basic facts up to x12 as well as an expert level up to x20.
The card game 7ate9 is a fun game to play with children learning how to add and subtract by 1, 2 and 3 quickly and effortlessly.
Motion Math develops apps to challenge children in math fluency with whole and fractional numbers.  Their games are compelling for children and of excellent quality.
Meerkat Math is another app that offers a lot of customization.  The games are based on speed which helps a child memorize and improve mental math.  This game allows a child to focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication or division (or any combination of the 4 functions) at four different levels.
Play KenKen online or print out puzzles to do with a pencil together.  These puzzles require strategy as well as arithmetic to solve.
Poker 31 requires a single deck of playing cards with the face cards removed and several players.  Deal 3 cards to each player.  Each player asks for more cards from the dealer until the sum of their cards is close to or equal to 31.  The player that is the closest or equal to 31 (without going over 31!) wins a poker chip (or some other fancy token).  The first player to win 3 poker chips wins!  To make this game more difficult, allow players to vary the value of the Ace to be 1 or 11 depending on what is more advantageous for their current hand.

More ideas for practicing mental math at home:

  1. BulletThe 24 Game! is a game the whole family can play.  There are several versions available from focusing only on addition and subtraction to a level that adults will find fun which includes multiplication and division. 

  2. BulletMultiFlow is an excellent app for practicing multiplication facts.  A child can focus on specific tables without the pressure of time or try their hand at a mad minute.  The app also includes a game that gives the answer and you must find the question within a certain amount of time.  The app covers basic facts up to x12 as well as an expert level up to x20.

  3. BulletThe card game 7ate9 is a fun game to play with children learning how to add and subtract by 1, 2 and 3 quickly and effortlessly.

  4. BulletMotion Math develops apps to challenge children in math fluency with whole and fractional numbers.  Their games are compelling for children and of excellent quality.

  5. BulletMeerkat Math is another app that offers a lot of customization.  The games are based on speed which helps a child memorize and improve mental math.  This game allows a child to focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication or division (or any combination of the 4 functions) at four different levels.

  6. BulletPlay KenKen online or print out puzzles to do with a pencil together.  These puzzles require strategy as well as arithmetic to solve.

  7. BulletPoker 31 requires a single deck of playing cards with the face cards removed and several players.  Deal 3 cards to each player.  Each player asks for more cards from the dealer until the sum of their cards is close to or equal to 31.  The player that is the closest or equal to 31 (without going over 31!) wins a poker chip (or some other fancy token).  The first player to win 3 poker chips wins!  To make this game more difficult, allow players to vary the value of the Ace to be 1 or 11 depending on what is more advantageous for their current hand.

Five minutes a day, 
every day!
Short, distributed practice has been shown to be the most effective method to master a skill.  Build good habits by discouraging the use of fingers or counting.  Number fluency comes from memorization as well as a solid understanding of how our number system works.

Math Rocks!

Playing 7ate9.

“Our daughter came to camp one day this spring.  We have been using the dice you gave us for practicing mental math very regularly.  Our daughter is getting much better!  I just wanted to let you know how much your efforts have helped.” - Stacy, mother at Teller Elementary

After working for 3 whole days, celebrating with a mad minute of 50!!

Use dice to randomly generate numbers.  

Online sources for dice:

EAI Education
Didax Education Resources
Amazon

Use dice to randomly generate numbers. 


Online sources for dice:


  1. BulletEAI Education

  2. BulletDidax Education Resources

  3. BulletAmazon