Silly Math Question - drilling math facts?

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Could someone please explain to me what people mean when they talk about drilling math facts, in regards to children in K or 1st, for instance. Does this mean drilling 2+1=3; 2+2=4; 2+3=5; 2+4=6; etc?

I remember learning the "times tables" when I was in elementary school. I don't recall memorizing tables like this for addition and subtraction though.

Is this what is meant by drilling math facts?

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Could someone please explain to me what people mean when they talk about drilling math facts, in regards to children in K or 1st, for instance. Does this mean drilling 2+1=3; 2+2=4; 2+3=5; 2+4=6; etc?

I remember learning the "times tables" when I was in elementary school. I don't recall memorizing tables like this for addition and subtraction though.

Is this what is meant by drilling math facts?

I am guessing in K you can drill facts about numbers that make 10 in a sum? like 3-7, 8-2, 5-5, 1-9 and so on?

also 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4 and so on?

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Yup, we drill our addition and subtraction facts using flashcards and speed drills on a daily basis.

ETA: we don't do a particular order or by sums. I just rotate through what we have learned. So , once we started subtracting from 12, I would add those cards into the mix and rotate out some if the others. I rotate the cards about once a week, taking out a few and adding back in whatever I took out when I added the new stuff. Does that make any sense...haha:). Our speed drills are also just a random mix of problems we have covered.

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Drilling does mean practising the addition/subtraction/multiplication facts. It could be orally, through flash cards, games or worksheets.

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Thanks for the confirmation. Much appreciated.

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I remember learning the "times tables" when I was in elementary school. I don't recall memorizing tables like this for addition and subtraction though.

Is this what is meant by drilling math facts?

Yes. I use oral, at this point, as kiddo would stop and erase any number not up to his standards. I use the triangular cards with the sum or product at the top, and the "parts" at the bottom.

When I was in 5th grade we had timed drills that we did over and over until we could do them perfectly in less than X minutes. We did adding first, then subtracting, then multi, division, and then mixed problems.

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