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Math Facts Games:

Flash Cards In Ring Binders


Today's Snack: You can make some silly-looking edible flash cards with whole-wheat crackers spread with a tablespoon or two of cream cheese (add a little milk and stir so that it spreads more easily), and then put as many small slices of radishes or cucumbers cut into squares as you would like. Then quiz yourself :>) as you drink a tall glass of ice water and eat your "flash cards."





Store-bought math flash cards

Paper hole punch | Large binder rings



Every home should have a set of math flash cards. They're a great way to make the math facts automatic. You shouldn't have to stop and think about the math facts, by third or fourth grade. If you don't know them by heart, you're bound to struggle with a lot of the math work in later grade school on up.


You need math facts practice for summer review, revving your skills at back-to-school time, and at least weekly review as the school year goes on. But in busy households, loose flash cards tend to get lost or misplaced.


Here's a way to keep kids engaged in the process of math review: make their own set of flash cards connected with ring binders.


Simply punch a hole in the same corner of each card, and connect with a large ring binder. They'll store nicely in a plastic bin, drawer or shelf with the student's other academic aids and books.


You might keep the cards with the math facts in order at first (1 + 1, 1 + 2, 1 + 3, etc.), but after a while, mix them 'way up to make it more of a challenge.


Kids can quiz themselves, each other, or parents with the flash cards.


At the start and end of the semester, parents might want to time the student going through the whole deck and attaining 100 percent correct answers. By the end of the semester, the student might be able to shave a lot of time off. If so, give a nice reward for a job well done.


By Susan Darst Williams Math 2012

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