Memorization is:

*“The process of committing something to memory or learning something by heart.”*

* -Oxford dictionary. *

Memorizing math facts is something that all students work towards during their time in primary and elementary school. Children engage in repetitive exercises to learn 5 + 5 =10 and 8 – 5 = 3. Primary Montessori children work on memorizing these same essential equations. However, in the Montessori approach, we first introduce children to the big-picture concept of the four operations so that they have an understanding of what 5+5 actually means. Children use hands-on materials to learn that addition is “**putting together small quantities to make a larger quantity**.” They play games to determine that multiplication is “**putting the same quantity together many times to yield a larger quantity**.” Only after lots of experience with these big-picture concepts do we introduce the memorization of essential math facts. The children then find that learning these equations by heart helps them to perform the four operations with greater accuracy.

## At Home Memorization Activities:

In the Montessori classroom, we introduce children to hand-on materials that help them derive the math facts. The activities below are opportunities for repetition with memorization after these hands-on lessons have been practiced.

### Addition Strip Board ages 5 -5 ½ and up

*Directions: *Print the addition strip board and strips on cardstock. Cut out the red and blue addition strips. Print the addition tables. To get started, place the blue strips in order above the left side of the chart. Place the red strips in order above the right side of the chart. Read the first equation listed on the addition table. Use one blue strip and one red strip to find the answer to the equation. Record the answer on the table. Continue until you have explored all tables 1-9. Use the control chart to check your answers. When you are finished, staple your equation sheets together to make an addition booklet. Over time, progress to the second set of addition tables in which the equations are mixed.

** The addition stripboard is best used after a formal presentation by the teacher.*

### Addition Practice Charts ages 5 -5 ½ and up

*Directions: *Print the addition practice chart. Print and cut out the addition equations. Read each essential addition equation. Try to determine the answer without using your fingers or counting in your head. If the answer pops into your mind immediately, you know this equation by heart. Otherwise, use the practice chart to solve the addition equation. Record any unknown equations on the math paper below and repeat the full equation with the answer (8 + 8 =16) to help with retention. Continue until you have explored all 72 equations. Use the control chart to check your answers to ensure you are memorizing the correct equation. When you are finished, staple your equation sheets together to make an addition booklet. Over time, you will not have to use the chart at all!

### Addition Blank Chart ages 5 -5 ½ and up

*Directions: *Print the addition blank chart and the addition answer tiles. Cut out the tiles and arrange them above the blank chart, grouping like numbers. Print and cut out the addition equations. Read each essential addition equation and determine the answer. Look for the answer tile. Use your fingers to find where the answer tile should be placed on the blank chart (similar to how you used the addition practice chart 1). Continue until the entire chart has been completed, and all of the answer tiles have been placed.

### Subtraction Strip Board ages 5 -5 ½ and up

*Notes: The Subtraction Strip Board is a bit more involved than the addition strip board and is best used after a formal presentation by the teacher. Please see your child’s guide for full instructions as to how to use this material. *

### Subtraction Practice Chart ages 5 ½ and up

*Directions: *Print the subtraction practice chart. Print and cut out the subtraction equations. Read each essential subtraction equation. Try to determine the answer without using your fingers or counting in your head. If the answer pops into your mind immediately, you know this equation by heart. Otherwise, use the practice chart to solve the subtraction equation. Record the equation on the math paper below and repeat the full equation with the answer (18 - 9= 9) to help with retention. Continue until you have explored all equations. Use the control chart to check your answers to ensure you are memorizing the correct equation. When you are finished, staple your equation sheets together with a cover sheet to make a subtraction booklet. Over time, you will not have to use the chart at all!

### Subtraction Blank Chart ages 5 ½ and up

*Directions: *Print the subtraction blank chart and the subtraction answer tiles. Cut out the tiles and arrange them above the blank chart, grouping like numbers. Print and cut out the subtraction equations. Read each essential subtraction equation and determine the answer. Look for the answer tile. Use your fingers to find where the answer tile should be placed on the blank chart (similar to how you used the subtraction practice chart). Continue until the entire chart has been completed, and all of the answer tiles have been placed.

### Number Puzzles ages 6 and up

*Directions: *Use your addition and subtraction math facts to solve the number puzzle.

### The Multiplication Board ages 5 ½ and up

*Notes: The Multiplication Board is a bit more involved than many of the other memorization materials and is best used after a formal presentation by the teacher. Please see your child’s guide for full instructions as to how to use this material. *

### Multiplication Practice Charts ages 5 ½ and up

*Directions: *Print the multiplication practice chart. Print and cut out the multiplication equations. Read each essential multiplication equation. Try to determine the answer without using your fingers or counting in your head. If the answer pops into your mind immediately, you know this equation by heart. Otherwise, use the practice chart to solve the multiplication equation. Record any unknown equations on the math paper below and repeat the full equation with the answer (8 x 8 =64) to help with retention. Continue until you have explored all of the equations. Use the control chart to check your answers to ensure you are memorizing the correct equation. When you are finished, staple your equation sheets together to make a multiplication booklet. Over time, you will not have to use the chart at all!

### Multiplication Blank Chart ages 6 and up

*Directions: *Print the multiplication blank chart and the multiplication answer tiles. Cut out the tiles and arrange them above the blank chart, grouping like numbers. Print and cut out the multiplication equations. Read each essential equation and determine the answer. Look for the answer tile. Use your fingers to find where the answer tile should be placed on the blank chart (similar to how you used the multiplication practice chart 1). Continue until the entire chart has been completed, and all of the answer tiles have been placed.