Math facts have been an important part of any student's education for a long time. It seems we try to find ways around "rote memory", but watching my son beat me in solving math problems while I'm trying to figure the answer out on my calculator has fully convinced me that these facts are vital to success in upper math. Therefore, I'm not giving up on drilling my girls in their math facts until it becomes like breathing to them to solve 8 x 6.
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As a part of our Classical Conversations memory work, every year we memorize math facts. For kids younger than 10, we skip count, but once they are old enough, they memorize their times tables. This time of year we are preparing for Memory Master, which challenges students to recite all of their memory work for the entire year. My son loved the math recitation. He could go through the times tables at top speed with great accuracy without really batting an eye. I thought my daughters would do the same.
I was wrong.
My second child could talk circles around my son. She is insightful in ways that he is not. However, math doesn't gel in her brain like it did his. When we prepared for memory master last year, we hand wrote all of our math facts on to flash cards to help her study and succeed in memorizing all of them. Thankfully, she made it, but this year I thought we'd jazz it up with some colorful and fun flash cards that aren't as tedious to lug around.
The printable includes all of the math facts starting with 1 x 1, and ending with 15 x 15.
Print these out on heavy cardstock front and back, then cut them out. If you want them even more sturdy, you can laminate them. I punched a hole in the side and put them on a key ring so that we wouldn't lose any. This makes them easy to take with us wherever we're going to get more math fact practice!
Some tips on cutting:
- Cut 1" off of the bottom of the page (where the website link is located)
- Cut 1/4" off each side
- Flash cards are 1.5" x 3.5"
- Use a portable paper cutter to make straight and even cuts
So if you like my printable key ring math facts flashcards and would like to print them out for yourself, put your email address in the box below. You will receive an email from me, asking you to click a link to confirm that you are you. Then you’ll receive the link to the download. Let me know what you think!