I know that 1 Minute Math Addition for first graders seems like a strange conecpt. While timed math tests are not mentioned in the curriculum guide for your kid’s school, they are a way for teachers to find out if their students have mastered basic math facts. This is very important today when teachers and schools are expected to have students meet certain standards.
If your child had been able to complete the 20 problems in one minute, they would have demonstrated that they had a mastery of the facts on the timed test. A child is considered to have learned a math fact when they can give an answer in less than 3 seconds.
Sadly, these timed tests can sauce students a lot of anxiety. That is the main reason that I feel it is important to help them in advance of them actually needing the lesson in school. Making it fun, and some sort of game, means you can help them learn and take away the anxiety!
The transition from kindergarten to first grade is a big step for a child. A child is now apart of a “big school,” meaning he/she is surrounded by more students, can eat in a cafeteria, and play outside during recess
First–graders learn mathematics on many fronts, including computation, numbers and number sense, measurement, patterns, shapes, money, and telling time. You will notice a dramatic shift in your child’s development as he or she starts looking at the world more logically and understands cause and effect.
Why is it important that students become fluent in basic number facts?
My 1 Minute Math Addition for First Graders actually has 30 problems on it so you can easily tell if the topic is truely mastered or not. Let’s consider 18+ problems correct a bonus for preparaing your child for first grade.
So, practice your numbers with your peanut until you think it is time to test the knowledge. Make a game out of it like a piece of Smartees candy for each correct answer or that night a book read for each correct answer at bedtime. Get your your timer and print off my worksheet here: 1 Minute Math Addition-1