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    Rocket Math Information for Parents:

    If your child is in grades 2 - 4, they are probably participating in the Rocket Math program here at Kingwood.  Rocket Math is actually theMastering Math Facts   program created by Dr. Donald Crawford for Otter Creek Institute in Wisconsin.

     The basic idea of the program is to help children learn their math fact at their own speed, a few facts at a time.

     A goal is determined for each child based on how fast that child can write.  You cannot, for example, expect a child to complete 40 addition facts in one minute is he is only capable of writing 32 numbers in a minute.  Every child has a goal determined by a timed writing test first.

     After the goal is determined, the timed fact tests can begin.  Some people do not agree with the concept of  timed fact tests.  The problem is that a child's knowledge of their facts will affect their ability to do many, many things in future math courses.  Once the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are understood, the facts are simply an item to be memorized.  If they are not memorized, the child will use valuable time "figuring" each time the fact comes up.  Research supports this.  The more information a child has memorized, the more available space in a child's memory to work on new and novel tasks (such as solving word problems or thinking of new ways to attack problems).

     Rocket Math is meant to provide the children with daily oral practice.  This oral practice requires the children to say their facts aloud to a partner and provide the answer.  By asking the child to speak the problem and its answer together, the entire fact can be recalled easier.  If a child is practicing facts simply by reading a list of answers, the answer will not be "stuck" to a specific problem in the child's head.

     Children in this program are expected to learn only a few facts at a time.  At the beginning of the program, your child should bring home a list of facts in the order that they will be learned.  If you want to help your child practice, you can make flash cards.  To make the flash cards, simply find the letter of the test your child will be taking.  Your child must know all of the facts up to and including that letter.  Each day your child advances a level, add new flash cards to the deck.  The way the program is structured, you should be adding only three or four new cards each time.

     I have had a lot of positive comments from parents and teachers.  I hope your child enjoys the program and learns his/her facts.