Early mastery of the math facts is the best predictor of success in math. Repetition is the path to mastery and mastering needs practice (lots of it!). With this in mind, we need a great resource to have a great start.
There are several great resources for math practice, but one to consider is DadsWorksheets.com. There are math fact drills for all four of the core operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), as well as worksheets that delve into more advanced math topics. The timed fact drills are designed to teach math facts incrementally, so the worksheets in a series introduce only a few facts at a time. When your child can complete one of the sets of math facts easily without errors, you move on to the next level, until all of the math facts for a given operation are mastered.
There are several versions of each worksheet at each level, so there is no risk of a student memorizing worksheet answers. So for example, if your daughter is on Level C in the multiplication worksheets, you just pick one of the worksheets from that level, print it out and turn her lose. You can choose versions that have enough practice problems for one minute or two-minute timed tests.
Most of the worksheets include detailed answer keys. And yes, all worksheets and tools on this site are free for you to use and share. If you’re a parent taking the time to help your kids get ahead in math, I hope the content here is a help and, beyond the worksheets, let me give you a hearty high-five. If you’re a teacher looking for materials to benefit a whole room full of kids, even better.
So how did all of these math resources wind up on the Internet?
Here’s Dad’s answer…
“So I started out with one daughter who was practicing her addition facts at school, and they kept sending home the same worksheet every night for her to practice. And I’d watch her do her homework, and she would go like lightning through the first couple rows of problems, then start finger-counting everything else. I asked her she did so well at the start, but then had to count for the rest and she told me she memorized the answers in the first few rows. I knew instantly we had a problem, so I built some randomized addition worksheets and we practiced with those.
Before I knew it, I had worksheets for all operations, plus lots of parents asking to share, and the site started from that. Now there are worksheets for all the math topics we struggled with, including long division, fractions and anything else that seemed to need extra practice.”
There’s plenty to explore at DadsWorksheets.com, and it should be a site in every homeschool parent’s list of bookmarks. Some of the site’s newly created tools are the Fraction Calculator, Percent Calculator, Prime Factorization Calculator, Factoring Calculator, and the Online Timer. These tools are very useful for in-class or homeschooling use. They are also great for students and parents practicing at home.
Visit Dad’s worksheets soon and make learning math easy and fun!