Effect of Daily Math Home Practice and Number Talks on Automaticity of Basic Math Facts

Researchers: Tammy Boychuk and Bing Cui
September 2014

This research project used a qualitative approach to investigate whether the practicing of basic mathematical facts at home improves automaticity, fluency, and accuracy. Number talks were used in this project to increase number sense and connections, mathematical thinking and reasoning, and different mental mathematical and computational skills. There is evidence in the literature that practice both at home and at school improves students’ accuracy, automaticity, and fluency. The two researchers also connected this math project to a real-life situation. The “math at the mall” field trip gave students a practical real-world application for mathematical learnings in an enjoyable and supported setting.