Tired of them not actually memorizing them in their long term memory?
Let's face it, this is not anyone's favorite part of the early education process, but a necessary one. Let's dive into what Dr. Robinson recommended for children before they start their first math textbook, Saxon 5/4.
FLASHCARDS ARE ADDED GRADUALLY
Let's be honest, it's a lot of cards.
Addition Facts: 190 cards
Subtraction Facts: 190 Cards
Multiplication Facts: 169 Cards
Division Facts: 156 Cards
However, you do not have to give them the whole lot right at the start. The course of study recommends you gradually add problems, using the smaller numbers added first.
Do not however, do all addition first, then subtraction, then multiplication, then division.
I know it's tempting, especially if you have a little OCD, but all four types of problems must be used simultaneously. Then slowly, without overwhelming the student, keep the number of cards increasing. The goal is to have the student using the entire set of flashcards in each daily study session.
Does it get a little tedious after a while? Yes, however they know this is necessary in order to be successful in math, but there is also one other "fun" incentive you can use.
Once every card is in use, they can use a timer and time themselves placing the cards they know in a right pile and cards they don't know in a wrong pile. Once they are done, they pick up the wrong pile and go through it again making a right and wrong pile, and again until eventually they have answered all cards correctly. Once they have answered all the cards correctly in a right pile, the timer stops. This is their best time. Now, they can try to beat their time, and if they do, they get the following day off from doing math flashcards. Some kids love this, and others do not like the pressure of the time, so it will depend on the student.
There are a lot of methods out there to memorize flashcards and a popular option today involves screens, but I ask you to seriously consider sticking to old fashion flashcards for long term memory among, other reasons.
There are other benefits to using flashcards in this way, if you have watched my overnight student video, you know that using notes as flashcards is a sure fire way to memorize anything, if you also teach it or even pretend to teach it. Flashcards are also helpful when memorizing vocabulary and even music notes. Flashcards also are a favorite at Our House for memorizing Bible verses. Get your children used to having flashcards in their lives, and they will come to appreciate them as a tool for the rest of their lives.
I will link some helpful videos below.
If you know someone who is struggling with this portion of RC, please share this blog post with them.
I also have created a course for filling in the gap from the very beginning to where RC officially picks up. You can check it out here.