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    • flash cards is the best bang for your buck but kids seem to vary on which programs they prefer. I think interacting and learning with other people is the most enjoyable for kids. Sorry I can't be of more help.

    • Cool. I guess kids get a reward and not just an intrinsic reward. I think I'd be more motivated too. Have to try that.

    • I consider "reinforcing facts" distinct from "learning facts" and I have different recommendations for each.

      Reinforcing or speeding up facts can be done in any number of different ways. Here are some of our favorites:

      - is free straightforward and gets it done

      - learning wrap ups are fun for in the car:

      - flashcards

      - printable timed worksheets

      I have a kiddo who just needed some consistent time on Xtramath and mastered everything just fine. However, I have another child who just couldn't seem to remember the facts from one day to the next. He'd be much faster by the end of a particular study session and then the next day it was like he'd have to learn them from scratch again.

      So I went looking for a better approach and we've loved the Math Facts that Stick series from Kate Snow. She teaches the facts in logical groups and gives the kids concrete visuals to fall back on as they're working on recall. 15 minutes a day is all it takes so it's a doable supplement to school. She has a great primer on the approach here, along with a test to see which facts are already mastered.

      The other books: Subtraction Facts that Stick, Multiplication Facts that Stick, and Division Facts that Stick all look great as well. We're halfway through subtraction and have multiplication waiting in the wings: .

    • Thanks for this -- I had not come across the Math Stick before and yes this looks great for the car and just whenever.

      Also interesting point about reinforcement as opposed to learning -- that is a distinction that I need to spend more time thinking about. The school curriculum is "You know it or do not" but there is a place other than that for the kid who thinks "outside the box."