Updated: May 27
Personally, I have always taught my students that it doesn't matter what type of strategy you use, so long as it's effective.
If it works, use it.
So to build student confidence in number facts you need to teach them a range of strategies.
A tried and tested method of teaching number facts to 10 is the Rainbow Facts idea.
Rainbow Facts are a good strategy for students to learn because it helps them to understand the relationship between numbers. It can also build confidence in students who struggle with mathematics.
Another reason teachers love this strategy is that it shows students there are a number of ways to reach the same answer. 2 + 8 = 10 but you can also get the same answer by adding 8 + 2, 5 + 5, 7 + 3 and so on. It's important to teach flexibility of thinking when teaching mathematics to young children as it lays the foundation for other maths concepts.
In particular, I LOVE the Rainbow Facts strategy because it's so visual and engaging!
Who doesn't love a rainbow?
I'd like to give you this free set of Rainbow Facts Sheets (no subscription required) just click the link here.
Enclosed you will find a colour version for your classroom wall, a black and white version for students to colour and a blank version students can complete to build their own confidence.