Turn your child into a maths magician?
I think that most of us at some stage of our school lives have heard of the Family of Facts, but were you aware of how incredibly important they are?
Family of facts are a fantastic method of teaching maths, especially multiplication. StayOnTrack uses number pyramids and multiplication tables to help your child practice and reinforce these essential skills.
A fact family is a collection of three numbers that are related . You can write addition and it's inverse (opposite) subtraction sentences using the same three numbers. (that's the family.)
For example: 4, 3 and 7 make a fact family. There are two addition and two subtraction facts in this fact family.
Fact families are so clever they can also work for multiplication and its inverse - division! For example 3, 7 and 21
As you can see they are called a family because they are all related!
Success with basic facts is helped when a child realises that once they know a particular fact such as 3 x 7 = 21, that they can then use this knowledge to solve 3 other related family of fact problems.
This knowledge is particularly helpful when your child is learning and practising their basic facts, as what can seem a little overwhelming, is suddenly a much smaller amount of problems to know. It also helps with instant recall as your child can see and make the connections, they know the relationship of the family of fact members, therefore they can see at a quick glance who is missing.
Regular practice of this skill is the secret to using fact families to reinforce knowledge. StayOnTrack uses exercises such as Fact Family in level 2 and 3 and Things I Know in level 3.
What do we know....