My oldest daughter has been struggling with math this year. When she gets it, she gets it and enjoys it. But when she doesn’t – man, it is melt down time.
After observing and working with her a bit, I realized something – she was having trouble because she hadn’t memorized her basic math facts, especially her multiplication tables.
Who wants to sit with a long multiplication or division problem and have to add on the extra work of figuring out the basic facts, like 7 X 7?
I have tried flash cards and those usually bring a round of tears, whining or at best, a very short attention span with maybe 10 facts covered.
So What Could I Do To Help My Daughter With Math?
One very useful suggestion from a local homeschool gal was that I needed to go back to manipulatives with my children and we are now incorporating that back into our homeschool.
My idea was to create an app. I could do something like flash cards, but more interactive. And there is just something about putting the math flash cards / math facts onto the phone that makes it more attractive. My daughter spent 20 minutes working on it the other day w/o any realization that she was really “working” on math.
Don’t let your child continue to struggle with math – help them learn their math facts. For less than the price of one deck of flash cards (i.e. multiplication), you can get all four math facts – multiplication, division, subtraction and addition in one app!