XtraMath is a online math program that helps students master their math facts. At Rowen, we expect our students to transition from counting or calculating the basic math facts to recalling them. Students’ ability to quickly recall math facts instead of calculating them allows them to use them mental resources to solve higher level operations and problems.
We expect our first grade students to master the basic addition facts; second grade students to master addition and subtraction facts; third grade students to master multiplication and our fourth grade students to master multiplication and division. For us, mastery means that students can recall basic facts within a three-second threshold. Three seconds is long enough for students to comfortably be able to answer a basic math fact but not long enough for students to count or calculate a basic math fact. Xtramath is one of the tools we used to accomplish this work.
Xtramath uses timed quizzes and practices to encourage students to answer the questions as quickly as possible combined with spaced repetition to efficiently develop recall.
While students use Xtramath at school, we encourage students to practice Xtramath at home. Parents can also view their child’s progress report from a computer. Please speak with your child’s teacher for access to Xtramath at home or your child’s progress report. Xtramath takes only a few minutes a day and we believe that it is time well spent!
To access XtraMath, click here.