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Subject: Early addition facts
Date Posted: 10/8/2007 10:06 AM ET
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Do any of you homeschool parents or teachers have good ideas for teaching addition fact families to fluency so kids are automatic when it comes to knowing their facts such as 5+2=7? Thanks.

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 11:03 AM ET
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I just saw these in The Old Schoolhouse magazine:


I may get it for times tables.


Date Posted: 10/8/2007 4:28 PM ET
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I "pop quiz" my child at random times on facts that he's not memorized.  Sometimes I group them by number (i.e. all the 5 + X facts) and sometimes by solution (all the combinations that create "5" ).  When I do groups we may use manipulatives and I write the equations up on the board.  For the pop quizzes I usually just choose one or two facts to work on at a time. 

We also teach factor and "work arounds".  For instance, my son didn't know what 8 + 5 was, but he could add 8+3+2 easily.  Or I might remind him that 10+10 is 20 so 9+9 is two less than that.  Some of these tips I've gotten from Math U See others I remember from my own school days or working with my nephew years ago.

Finally, there are TONS of free drill programs and games online (check my links below).  I like Arithmetiles, which can be played free online or you can purchase an upgraded version.  I also like Katsuko and did purchase that one.  It's not as fun as Arithmetiles but I'm a Big Fish game club member so I got it for $7. 


I review several educational games on my commerical website www.shopping.hwtk.net but everything on the school links site listed below is free or at least partially free (i.e. free trials or other goodies).



Date Posted: 10/8/2007 6:03 PM ET
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We are using a book called Two Plus two is not Five.  It is wonderful for teaching tricks to memorize addition and subtraction facts.  I got it from the people who sell Times Tales.  Timestales.com

I highly recommend this workbook!

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 8:33 PM ET
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Thanks for your suggestions.