A child struggling with recalling basic math facts may lose confidence in his/her math abilities. Automaticity boosts confidence and prevents a mental block.
Short car trips to and from school provide a perfect opportunity for children to practice math facts aloud and for parents to monitor daily practice.
When children are allowed to watch TV, commercials provide the perfect opportunity for a short practice session. Those 30 seconds soon add up to minutes, which add up to hours of practice.