Thank you for helping your child build a strong foundation for mathematic competency and success. Just as you cannot build a house without first building a solid foundation, success in math requires mastery of basic mathematics facts. This fundamental knowledge is integral to understanding all mathematics concepts and operations, and students with confidence in basic facts will be well-equipped to understand more complex levels of math.
The overall goal of the K-3 Power Builders Program is to attain mastery of basic math facts so they no longer have to use thinking strategies (the computational strategies that students use to make sense of the facts and find answers when they have not yet memorized them.)
The key components to mastery and success using our program include the following:
The Power Builders website will be your primary resource for helping your child succeed in Power Builders. It includes three components: Power Builders Levels, helpful Strategy Sheets, and additional Practice Resources such as Practice Websites, Songs, and Flashcards.
How Power Builders Works:
Kindergarten: Levels 1-23
First Grade: Levels 24-59
Second Grade: Levels 60-102
Third Grade: Levels 103-145
As a family, you can decide the best way to work toward instantaneous retrieval of that week’s facts based on your child’s learning style. In order for students to make steady progress in Power Builders, they will need regular, dedicated practice with adult help. It will be much more beneficial to spend 5 to 10 minutes every night on math facts than 30 minutes one night a week.
Strategies and Resources
Many levels have associated Strategy Sheets that provide useful methods for learning and memorizing math facts. You will find the Strategy Sheets in PDF form on the website next to its corresponding Power Builders Level. The Strategies will be especially useful if students spend more than one or two weeks at a level.