Wednesday, February 3, 2010


We all know that memorizing our math facts will make math so much easier, that does not make learning them fun or even easy! 
As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received a free 90 day trial at Saxon's FactsFirst .
FactsFirst is an online math program from the publishers that brought you Saxon Math.

factsfirst was created for children to develop fluency in basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division through placements tests, lessons, review, and practice.  Arcade style games reward students upon completion of a unit.

your student starts by setting up their avatar. My kids like doing these avatars and had a blast creating them.This image will fallow them through the lessons.
Each lesson is divided into 5 sections:
1. Learning two new facts
2.Using the communative property with the new facts
3. Practice time
4. A quiz
                                                                  5. Scoring of the lesson
At the beginning of the lesson the student is taught 2 new facts, they practice these till they know them before more are added.

At the end of the lesson their is a chart to show the student his/her progress, very encouraging!
Here is a picture of this chart. 

After your child is done with the lesson they get to spend 5 minutes in the arcade games, to practice what they are learning.

So how did this work for us?  My kids want to improve on their math facts and this has really helped. First they are given credit for knowing the answer, a check mark on the chart, but if they get it fast they get a check mark plus!!! So being a bit competitive with themselves they quickly aimed for the best!!!  The lessons are quick and encourage speed, meaning they really must learn the facts well to beat the clock. This was a bit difficult in the beginning for my 8 year old but she is really picking up her speed now, and that is the goal.

A 1 year subscription to FactsFirst costs $49.99.  That price gives you a household license for up to 4 students, less than $12.50 per student for an entire year of math practice.  You can try the addition or multiplication demo HERE (buttons at the top of page).

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