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Know division tables by heart 1-12

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Know powers of ten in division: 10, 100, 1000 (ie: 100/30) =70.

Regularly use fact families to figure out division equations. (example: 4 x 2 = 8 , 2 x 4 = 8, 8 / 4 = 2, 8 / 2 = 4).

Make their own division story problems and write the matching equation (25 cookies and 8 people,how many cookies per person? 25/8=3 with one left over; we each get 3).

Dear Parent,

You will hear murmuring from teachers about kids still struggling with multiplication and division. By 4th grade math we are at the boiling point for using basic math facts to solve more complex math equations. Don't panic. Use this time to help your child really know their basic facts. Listen to one of 100’s of comments from a middle school teacher about basic facts:

“I have been teaching 6th grade for 5 years & it seems like it is getting worse...... THE STUDENTS CAN'T MULTIPLY OR DIVIDE! I have done it all... timed tests, flash cards, math tables.. you name it! When I look at the curriculum, it is all multiplication & division. How else do you find area & circumference, find Least Common Multiple or Greatest Common Factor, how do you find equivalent or lowest terms with fractions..... HELP”.

This excerpt about teacher frustration was added to emphasize how dire it is for children to understand how numbers work.

In the world of education a lot of blaming goes on about who is responsible for teaching basic facts. My opinion? Stop disagreeing and get to it! Knowledge is power!

Keep on Truckin’

Yours Truly,

The Crazy Math Mom

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