Math Facts Goal Setting Challenge
Here's the place to commit to your own math goal. Join other children worldwide who have commited to their goals. It's important to learn your math facts and you can have fun too — ace your speed drills at school, surprise everyone and build your MATH FORCE.
- It's cool to learn your math facts!
- You'll have fun in math races with your friends!
- You'll join other children worldwide!
- You'll have fun surprising grown-ups when you answer a math question so fast!
Parents and Teachers
- Your children will be taught goal-setting skills.
- Your children or students will start seeing the fun in math.
- Children who have a good foundation in math will do better in school overall.
- Your children will find math easier to learn.
- Your children will be more confident.
We all know it's beneficial for children to have a solid foundation in basic math — but before helping your child join our Math Facts Goal Setting Challenge, please make sure he or she wants to participate. The most important factor in achieving success is your child's commitment to learning.
- Make sure the goal is not too difficult to achieve and is an appropriate level of math knowledge.
- Break down the main goal into smaller goals.
- Write out daily and weekly goals.
- Be flexible in adapting your goals or the challenge to your child's progress.
- Use a checklist that children can check off themselves.
- Color in the facts learned on the addition table chart or times table chart.
- Color in the rows they may already know (i.e. 1x, doubles, 10x).
- Teach them the multiplication patterns like 10x and 11x.
- Teach them the reverse rule; then they only have half as many facts to memorize!
- Start with easier facts to increase their confidence and work your way up to harder ones.
- Try to find creative ways to practice.
- Involve your child as much as possible in creating math activities and games to practice.
- For really tough facts, try making up a funny story with words that rhyme with the answer to help your child visualize it.
- Provide an incentive! (i.e. "Let's try to learn the times table by the time Grandma and Grandpa come to visit next month").
- Get the whole family involved! Each child can have a different goal. Even Mom and Dad can pick something to learn as well. We included the 13 times table especially for Mom to have a challenge too. Children love quizzing their parents!
- Make your first math challenge rewarding (i.e. praise your child and show your enthusiasm, celebrate your child's achievement, print out one of our certificates for them).
- Show your enthusiasm and willingness to work together to achieve the math goal.
- And most importantly, have fun!