Mastering addition facts is a critical part of becoming a confident math student. Songs, music, and rhyme are all helpful tools to aid students in memorizing and reciting their math facts. Maybe you remember Three Is A Magic Number, My Hero, Zero, and other Schoolhouse Rock hits fondly, and can still sing them word for word.
With the goal of memorization in mind, we’ve taken the Addition Facts songs from our Skip Count & Addition Facts CD & Songbook and made them available right here. So you’ll find the songs, sheet music, and coloring pages for seven different types of addition facts that could be tricky for students but provide an essential foundation for the next levels of math. The songs provide a memorable approach to the addition strategies taught in Alpha by including catchy phrases and silly sounds like “9 would like to be 10” and “slurp.” Keep in mind that information that is stored in the brain through singing a song is retrieved the same way it was entered; therefore your student may likely sing it in its entirety to arrive at the information he wants to find. Once the songs are learned, we recommend practicing and saying the math facts without the music to ensure that your has committed them to memory.
So we didn’t stop there, at just memorization. If you’re familiar with the Math-U-See approach , we don’t like to stop at just the “what?” of math facts – we pride ourselves on digging into the “why?” behind the “how?” To help your students get to the “why?,” our Curriculum Development team has come up with fun and engaging activities you can try together with your student. These hands-on activities use Math-U-See Integer Blocks or household items to reinforce conceptual understanding and mastery of single-digit addition facts.
Enjoy these fun ways to help build a strong math foundation for your lifelong learner!