Why is it important for me to review math facts with my child over the summer?

by Kelly Armstrong,
Fourth Grade teacher

Teachers spend some time reviewing at the beginning of the year, but the quicker the class as a whole can get through the review, the sooner they can start learning new concepts. Students entering grades 2-5 need to review facts 5-10 minutes per day during the summer.

Having math facts memorized and ready to go at the beginning of the school year will help your child apply the facts to more complicated math processes. When your child doesn’t have to add or subtract on his/her fingers or spend a great deal of mental energy recalling multiplication and division facts, he/she can devote more of that energy to higher level math problems. Daily review during the summer can help a student be prepared for new learning right from the start of the school year, which in turn allows for more overall progress during the course of the year.  By the way, it is important to memorize the facts 0-12! 

What should I do?

There are a lot of good ways for your child to practice. Of course, since we are becoming more dependent on our devices, look for some apps and websites that will review facts. There are many sites out there that will allow you to print out free worksheets. Finally, flash cards are a great way to review – especially since they involve one-on-one time with your child. Helping your child achieve and spending time with your child! How great is that?

Am I done when school starts?

Don’t drop the facts review once school starts. If your child has the facts “down pat,” then reviewing a couple times a week won’t hurt. If he/she still needs the review, go the extra mile and make sure it gets done daily until those facts are answered easily with 100% accuracy. Once addition facts are mastered, move on to subtraction. Keep going until your child has mastered division facts.