So math facts are becoming the bane of my educational existence. My sixth graders should know them, quickly, easily, no fingers involved. They don’t.
I remember well sitting at our yellow and white formica table in a yellow swiveling bucket seat being drilled on flash cards until dinner was ready. It was a routine, and it worked. I would never be on the side of drill-and-kill but in this instance, drill-and-know was effective.
So Sumdog is just one more place where my students can practice their math facts. It’s free, they design a simple avatar for themselves, choose from a variety of games and levels and get to work. I highly recommend it.
Additionally Sumdog has two other modes that can be set up by the teacher. The Challenge mode is an individual Challenge to get to a certain number of problems with various criteria in place (type of games, level of math, etc.). The Competition mode is similar but that a Leader Board is established so it’s a bit student versus student. I’ve tried both to varied success. Bottom line–they are doing a lot of math, enjoying themselves and possibly working closer to the mastery I achieved in my kitchen with my mom.