We all know that math equation flash cards are popular all across the board: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. They can be found in every school supply store and even in the dollar section.
But in classical education, we believe there is more to math than just working and memorizing equations. We take it a step further and teach elementary students the GRAMMAR of mathematics, too. This means they learn and memorize the vocabulary and definitions and equations of math.
If you are doing school at home and looking for a math curriculum, I highly recommend Saxon for a solid classical math program. We started Saxon when my boys were in second and fourth grades. Fourth grade is the perfect time to switch to Saxon if you are wanting to avoid Common Core type math. We carry 1’s! 😉
When we got one third of the way through my son’s fourth grade Saxon math book, I could tell that memorizing the vocab would serve him well. That’s when I started writing colorful flash cards for him. Handwriting worked better than typing because oftentimes a visual needed to be drawn.
Once we took the time to drill through the vocab, much time was saved in my son’s math work. No more going back through pages to figure out what different terms meant and how to work certain problems.
I highly recommend taking the time to make some handmade math grammar flash cards yourself. They have helped me as the teacher and my son as the student tremendously. Writing them myself helped me nail down the information for teaching, but your students could also write them on their own, especially if they learn well by writing things out. My students are more visual and auditory learners so it worked for me to write them and go over them with my student by site and sound.
And once you have them made for one student, you can reuse them for younger siblings! That’s a great investment of time, right there.
If your school year is too busy to squeeze in this project, try making this a summer project. Use the cards as summer review or to get ready for the coming school year.