If your child is just learning math facts, or if she needs to brush up on ones taught earlier, try using flash cards. Ask your teacher what math facts your child should master at her grade level.
You and your child can make your own flash cards with problems like "9x3" on one side and the answer "27" on the other. Then vary the way you use the cards. Here are some tips:
Have your child write or say the answer as you show her the problem.
Try showing her the answer and ask for the question that goes with it, like on the TV game show Jeopardy.
Sort out the problems that are easy and then do extra work on the harder ones. Sometimes, mix them up and go through them all.
Use odd moments to practice. Work on the number facts with your child while folding laundry, while you're doing dishes together, or before bedtime.
Keep the practice times short. End them with words of praise for successes and good effort, and math skills will be reinforced.
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