Help with Mastery of Arithmetic Facts

Help with Mastery of Arithmetic Facts

by William Michael -
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Dear friends,

Mastery of the basic facts of Arithmetic is an obstacle for many home-schooled students.  Memorization requires consistent study and great repetition, and these are two challenges in homeschooling.

To help with the memorization of Arithmetic facts, I recommend using what I call "Arithmetic Triangles", which are flashcards designed for the memorization of multiple facts at the same time.  Most importantly to establish in the mind a relationship between three numbers, which proves most helpful in the long run.

Students should drill with these cards daily, memorizing the facts in all directions:

  • 2 plus 3 equals 5.
  • 3 plus 2 equals 5.
  • 5 minus 3 equals 2.
  • 5 minus 2 equals 3.

By drilling in this way, the relationship between 2, 3 and 5 is established in the student's mind.

The same can be done with multiplication and division.

I will produce some video content to help with the use of these, but recommend them for immediate use by all Academy students.

God bless,
Mr. William C. Michael
Classical Liberal Arts Academy