My son could not learn addition facts even using the procedure outlined in Carnine's Direct Instruction book. After weeks and weeks, he'd finally learn four facts and then when two more were introduced he'd forget them all. Precision teaching graphing indicated that he shouldn't be working on the skill, but who is going to give up on one's own child and math basics. Seven days a week we worked on learning the facts. When he forgot the first four, we'd start all over learning those. When I'd introduce two more facts and he'd forget them all, it was starting over time. We did that several times going back to those darned ole first four facts.
Eventually, slowly but surely he began to learn the facts and the best part was that as they finally were in his long term memory, he began to learn other facts more quickly.
Direct Instruction Resources
- National Institute for Direct Instruction
- Direct Instruction Research Summary
- Martin Kozloff's Direct Instruction Site