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There is always a concern over how much ‘schooling’ our children lose or forget over the summer months. To help keep basic math skills sharp, I am giving my daughter extra math practice by using Math Essentials Speed Wheel Drills.
What are Speed Wheel Drills?
Speed Wheel Drills is a consumable workbook designed by a math instructor that gives students a quick, daily drill sheet to reinforce basic math facts. I received 3 workbooks – Addition, Multiplication and Division. Each page gives the student 12 ‘wheels.’ Each wheel is actually a grid of what I call fact families.
At the center of the wheel a number is given. Around that number the wheel is divided into 12 sections with a different number in each section. Your student will use the operation (add, multiply or divide) their workbook is focusing on to find the answers to the 12 problems in each wheel.
There are 120 pages of drills. Each pages has a random grouping of facts. The Speed Wheel Drills workbooks could be finished in one school year if you used them 4 times a week, or could be stretched out over a couple of years if your child works at a slower pace or if you choose to mix up the drills and rotate between multiplication, division and addition.
These drills are intended to be timed. You can record the time and the correct answers in the space above each wheel. Of course, you could have your child work the drills with or without a timer. At the beginning of each book, there is a page of helpful tips and ideas for using the Speed Wheel Drills with your child.
How did we use Speed Wheel Drills?
Because we have had a rather chaotic summer, my goal has been for my 9th grade daughter to do a page of Speed Wheel Drills a couple times a week. Since we homeschool year round, we have a lighter schedule during summertime and I thought this would work well with our routine these past couple months.
She is using the Multiplication workbook now. Once we start our fall school schedule she will switch to the Division workbook. It takes less than 15 minutes for work a wheels and record the times. After she finishes a page, I correct them.
I am not putting pressure on her to finish her Speed Wheel Drills in a certain a mount of time. Instead, I am looking for improvement in mastery. After doing several pages her time gets quicker, but more importantly, her number of correct answers improves.
Mastery of basic math facts is essential. The only way to get there is practice, practice, practice. With Speed Wheel Drill workbooks from Math Essentials it is quick and easy to get that practice in – plus it brings results!
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