If you’ve followed JCD for a minute or two, you may know that I’m a teacher at heart. Before I had my kids, I had my own classroom. As a matter of fact, my students, and the teachers and other professionals I worked with remain some of my very favorite people ever. Now, many of my students are grown with careers and families of their own. That’s so strange to think of. I am blessed to remain in contact with many of them, and often wonder about those I haven’t heard from. I wonder about all the amazing ways they are changing this world. These days, I get my teaching fix by volunteering in my kids’ classrooms. When my son was in Mrs. F’s third grade classroom my ‘job’ was to help students learn their multiplication math facts. Mrs. F described her vision for what this time in her classroom would look like. With this in mind I created this Printable Math Fluency Learning Kit.
Math Fluency Learning Kits
These math fluency kits create an interactive learning system that help students master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division math facts. The Math Fluency Booklets create an organized learning path that guide students as they set learning goals, practice and master skills, and track progress. Flip Tab Math Flash Cards provide a fun learning experience. Teachers can send home the included progress cards periodically to communicate skill growth and mastery with parents. These Math Fact Fluency Learning Kits make it easy to setup a comprehensive system to help students master math facts.
Flip Tag Flash Cards
We used index cards to create flip tag flash cards to help students practice their facts in Mrs. F’s classroom. For this post I designed printable Flip Tag Flash Card Templates. Pros and cons exist for each method. The index cards didn’t have to be copied or cut and are a great option if you have a supply of them . The printable cards take a little more prep work since they have to be copied and cut, but the end product is much neater due to the cutting guide lines, especially if you have the kids help make them (which is a great learning activity, just make sure to double check the cards to ensure they are studying correct facts ). These cards work interchangeably for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division. It only takes 2 copies to create a complete set of cards (1-10) which means you only have to cut 10 cards for a complete set. Which is totally doable, right? Alternatively, you would need 10 index cards. This is what the a completed multiplication cards look like for 2s. If you use index cards, you’ll just cut 4 slits down each side and replicate the process for each fact family as needed.
Math Fluency Booklet
The Match Fluency Booklet has four pockets: Goal, Practice, Assess, and Reward. Cards start in the front Goal Pocket and move through the pockets as skills progress. Cards placed in the Assess Pocket signal teacher/parents to quiz students on the material. Once a card is mastered, it’s moved to the Goal Pocket, where the skill is highlighted to mark it’s mastery. There is even a progress card included that makes it easy to communicate how students are progressing. Complete directions are included in the kit.
While this system was designed for use in the classroom, I think it can easily be used at home to support any kid learning their math facts. You can disregard the progress cards, but the rest of the learning system is something you can totally use to guide kids through practicing and learning their facts. If you just want to use the flash card template, that’s an option too. These resources are available as a freebie to anyone who subscribes Jasey’s Crazy Daisy. Get your Math Fluency Practice Kits Here.
Don’t forget to pin it for later! I’d love to see how you apply this Math Fluency Practice Kit! If you use it, please post pictures and tag @jaseyscrazydaisy using the hashtag #jaseyscrazydaisy. Thank you so much! Talk soon!