**The important thing to remember is that children really need a basic understanding of**If your students do not understand why 3+2=5, then they are not ready to start memorizing their math facts. These students still need to work on basic number sense and one to one matching with manipulatives.

*how*addition and subtraction works before you start focusing on fact fluency.**Use games to keep things fresh and interesting.**I love using games in my classroom. If students are having fun while learning, they will be more engaged and much more likely to remember what they learned.

The more hands-on my students can be the better. I love to get them up out of their seats and working with other students. Games are a great way to review skills or to fill those extra minutes that you have in the day. I always have plenty of games copied and ready to go. Whenever I see a need for a change of pace, I can grab a game out of my drawer, and we are ready to practice our learning.

**Use manipulatives as much as possible. **Students want to get their hands on things. I use manipulatives in math as often as possible.

**Use technology to practice fact fluency.**We go to the computer lab at school once a week, so we have the ability to use the computers for math fact games. If you have access to tablets in your classroom (I do not) there are some fantastic math fact apps.

**It is important to remember that students will learn their math facts at their own pace.**It is impossible to believe that everyone in your classroom should learn all of their +2’s one week, +3’s the following week, and so on. Just like anything else, students will learn them at different times.

**While learning math facts is extremely important, it is NOT the sole determiner of whether or not a child is good at math.**Some students excel at memorization, while others excel at the higher order thinking portions of math. Just because a child may be struggling with memorizing their math facts, do not assume that they will struggle with all areas of math.

**Most importantly,**

**make learning math facts FUN.**

You can find these activities in my Addition and/or Subtraction Fluency packets.