It becomes really important to know those basic math facts well when you start doing higher math. You need to know the basic math facts when doing longer multiplication and division problems, and other higher math, as well. It simply takes much longer to do those tougher problems if you do not have automatic recall of the basic math facts, and it results in a great deal of frustration. Also, if you do not know the basic math facts well, it could lead to small mistakes in calculation when working longer problems. I observed this first hand when I taught fifth grade in the public schools. I drilled the basic math facts, even with my fifth graders. And, the kids who did not know their math facts well got really frustrated when doing long multiplication and division problems.momma2kact wrote:"Why" do we memorize math facts? Is it just for speed? And if so--why do we need to have the speed? This may seem obvious to others, but I just don't quite understand the "why" it's so important? Every time I hear "memorize math facts" I think of all of the times I've heard people say that they memorized the info., passed the test, and forgot the info. That is just not at all what I want for my kids!
I do really feel it's important to understand "how" to work math problems! I really want them to "know how" to do things, and to enjoy learning(which they do). My oldest has a hard time memorizing(or maybe not so much, but his little sister is just better at it then him......) anyway, he is good at math and enjoys it, and I want to keep it that way! Forcing the math facts memorization would make him "not like" math anymore......
Looking forward to your thoughts :)
More than that, we use basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts often in every day life. You don't want to have to pull out a calculator every time you need to figure out a simple addition problem. Knowing those math facts is an important life skill.
My dd (age 7, doing Adventures this year) does not enjoy our math drills to learn those basic facts. She dreads when I pull out the flashcards 2-3 times a week. But, I know that she will need to know those math facts as the math gets more difficult. Automatic, accurate recall of the basic math facts is so important so that she will not experience even more frustration further down the line.
Just my humble opinion. I wouldn't push it if it turns your son off to math, but I would certainly keep pursuing it with him. It is an important skill and will be important later on.