Grades PK-8 — Games and Books Add, subtract, multiply, divide—knowing basic math facts is key to success in higher grades. Learning concepts like fractions, percentages, and decimals, not to mention understanding algebra, geometry and trig, depends on the ability to quickly and easily recall those same basic facts. You can’t understand fractions if you don’t know how to divide. You can’t learn the concept of division if you don’t know the times table. If you don’t recognize the numbers, you can’t learn to add or subtract!
The bottom line is that the more automatic our recall of basic number facts, the easier it is to apply them later. And what is the key to their becoming automatic? Repetition. In other words, practice. Kids, especially those with learning challenges like ADHD and dyscalculia don’t like to practice. It’s hard. But all kids like to play card games—Memory, Go Fish, Old Maid, War. When playing the card games, they’ll learn the basic number facts they need, and you (and they) will be thrilled. They won’t know how it happened, but suddenly, they’ll know that 2 + 3 = 5 and 9 x 6 = 54! Here’s to making math fun!