One of the most important skill to obtain in elementary school is fact fluency. Fact fluency refers to solving basic math fact problems within three seconds. This skill will greatly assist as student move forward to learning higher order mathematics.
A great tool to assist students with mastering Fact Fluency is XtraMath.org. XtraMath helps students transition from counting or calculating the basic math facts to recalling them. Recalling math facts instead of calculating them frees up mental resources for higher-level operations.
XtraMath uses timed quizzes and practices to encourage students to answer the questions as quickly as possible combined with spaced repetition to efficiently develop recall. The three-second threshold is carefully selected to be long enough to type in a recalled answer but not long enough for the student to comfortably enter a counted or calculated answer.
Students should have already learned the basic counting or calculating strategies and be able to solve the problems without time pressure before starting to practice an operation on XtraMath.
Another skill that is very important in elementary school, is mastering the foundational skills to then be able to build upon in later years. A tool for students to practice these foundational skills is FrontRowEd.com. With Front Row, every single problem your child is working on is based on the Common Core. The advanced break-down of the Common Core ensures that a student doesn't miss any part of a standard that would later prevent him or her from advancing.
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