In
the age of technology is it still important for students to know their basic
math facts? Calculators and apps seem like an easier alternative.
But
would we say that reading is no longer essential because technology now provides
us with software that can read things for us? Of course not! Just
as in reading, knowing your basics helps to propel you. Higher order math
becomes nearly impossible without knowing basic math facts.
Having
basic math fact fluency is the same as being a fluent reader. The more secure a
child is with basic math facts the easier it is to tackle algebra and calculus
down the road. Being
secure with basic math facts allows you to figure out sales tax on a bill, know
what an item will cost when on sale, and be ready to negotiate that salary when
applying for the dream job.
Ways
to help your child learn basic math facts:
What
will you tell your child about using the calculator?
