Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fastt Math Info for Parents

FASTT Math Guidelines/Reminders for Parents

  • FASTT Math is the district’s required fact fluency program for all students in grades 2-4. The district goal is that all students are fluent in whole number facts through 12 (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) by the end of 4th grade. Benchmarks along the way include fluency in addition and subtraction through 9 in Grade 2, addition and subtraction through 12 and multiplication in Grade 3, and division in Grade 4.

  • Students need to complete 6 lessons per week (i.e., 2 lessons each for 3 sessions). Ideally some practice happens at home and some at school. If you do not have Internet access, let your child’s teacher know and your child will be given time to use the program at school.

  • In order to complete a lesson, students MUST play a game. If they quit the lesson without playing the game, the program will make them repeat that same lesson.

  • In order for a student to turn a Focus Fact into a Fast Fact, they have to answer that fact correctly in their Fact Challenge and in games every single time.

  • Internet Explorer seems to be the best browser to use to access FASTT Math. Firefox works well some of the time, and Chrome rarely works.

  • Occasionally students have technical difficulties while using the program. Most times, closing out of the program and browser and restarting solves the problem. If your child is repeatedly having problems at home, it could be that your computer is an older version that does not support the program effectively. Again, let your child’s teacher know if your child is struggling to use the program at home.

  • Students who were in grades 2, 3, and 4 in the previous school year can use their FASTT Math accounts all summer. To access the program, go to your school’s website and click on the FASTT Math button on the left side of the page. Then click on “For Students,” and then the FASTT Math icon.

  • If a student does not use the program for an entire month or more, they will be moved back to the beginning of the operation they were on (this happened to many students over the summer last year). If you do not have Internet access at home, try visiting a public library.

  • If your child finishes an operation over the summer, email their last year’s teacher, as he or she needs to move them into the next operation.

  • If your child has mastered his/her facts or wants more practice, visit Great Sites for Kids for several effective math websites. (Get to Great Sites by first going to your school’s website, then click on “Parent and General Info” then “Technology” then “Great Sites for Kids.”

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