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Rocket Math


Dear Parents,

            This year, 311 is going to be spending time daily practicing and learning math facts, beginning in the operation of addition.  We will be using a program called Mastering Math Facts (we call it Rocket Math).  It will only take a few minutes each day of class time, but students will keep working until they have mastered all the facts.  A fact is mastered when it can be answered instantly, without any pause.  Mastering Math Facts is unique because it teaches only 2 facts and their inverses on each page.  The program allows each child to go at his or her own pace, taking as many days to master those two facts as needed.  Students are given an opportunity daily to show they have learned a set of facts by passing its test.  Once students “pass” a set of facts, they color in the letter for that set on their “Rocket Chart.”

            You can help your child progress and learn faster by practicing at home the same set of facts your child is learning at school.  Any day your child does not pass a set of facts he or she will have that day’s practice sheet to bring home as homework.  It will help a great deal if you will practice with your child for five minutes with that sheet.

            Here’s how I recommend you practice.  Your child should have the top half of the day’s practice sheet (without answers written in) in front of him or herself.  If the answers have been written in, then your child will need to write out the facts without answers on another sheet of paper, but copying the first row will be enough for practices purposes.  Work only on the top half of the sheet.

            Have your child read each fact aloud and then say the answers to you.  If you hear either the slightest hesitation or an error on one of those facts, give your child some extra practice on that fact.  The best way to give extra practice is to begin immediately giving your child the correct answer, then ask him or her to repeat the problem and the answer once more.  Next, back up two problems and have your child begin again.  Each practice and test sheet is cumulative, including all the facts learned so far.

            Learning all the facts in a given operation is a lot of work, but future success in math is dependent upon knowing facts so well that the answers come automatically without much thinking.  Especially in a world of calculators, being able to compute math facts mentally is needed just to know if the calculator answer is correct.  You can also help by sharing with your child the importance of learning math facts.  Thank you so much for your support of this critical learning goal.  I will keep you notified of your child’s success in this important task.



 Ms. Kim Montgomery




Last modified 10/12/2010