Math Facts are important because they form the building blocks for higher-level math concepts. For example, adding and subtracting larger numbers, telling time, counting money, measurement, and long multiplication and division are all concepts that are significantly easier for a child to learn once he has mastered his Math Facts and has developed a keen number sense.
- Educators and Cognitive Psychologists agree that the "ability to recall basic math facts fluently is necessary for students to attain higher-order math skills" (Whitehurst, 2003).
- "Recent research in cognitive science, using MRI's, has revealed the actual shift in brain activation patterns as untrained math facts are learned" (Delazer et al., 2003).
- Instruction and practice cause math fact processing to move from a quantitative area of the brain to one related to automatic retrieval" (Dehaene, 2003).
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