is the widely used
name for a basic fact learning programme designed to help
children memorise their basic facts and use them quickly and
confidently in problems.
Its best use is
with children who are already doing fairly well with their
learning but want to excel, or with those who are slow or
inaccurate with their facts and need to work hard and
catch up. (Quite different methods should be used in the
early stages of all basic fact learning. For help with these
consider 'Number Stick' and 'Number Family' methods.)
Kiwi Mathis is an
inexpensive workbook approach with two books for multiplication
('The Easier Tables' and 'The Harder Tables') and
the same for division and addition .Activities about four times
a week, short and sharp, around ten minutes. An 'error-free'
method eliminates mistakes.
The first focus is
on accuracy, then on accuracy with speed! In a Progress Chart
children record the times they take on a particular table. They
keep track of their progress and set goals. All the time they
are competing against themselves - and winning - and loving the
progress which they clearly see they are making.
Maths was originally created to help parents help their kids at
home - and the original video is still available showing a
father watching over children aged from 7 to 12 doing their
'Kiwi Maths' - the older kids doing it occasionally for
revision. To see parent comment which has been extremely
positive over the years click
in the early 90s were soon getting excellent results with
classroom use of Kiwi Maths. Maths Advisors examined and
The then Minister of Education Dr Lockwood Smith gave it his
blessing and saw it as giving schools a great area in which to
work with parents. Click here for
studies in 2011 and 2013 yield extraordinarily good outcomes for
students using Kiwi Maths.
The first of these
was in a school where teachers recognised that despite their
best efforts their children were not doing well with the
(Numeracy Project)methods they had been trained in. Tests
indeed suggested that many if not most of the children were at
such a low level of basic fact capability that their whole
future in maths was in jeopardy. Division was outstandingly
weak. On average, with Kiwi Math methods, teachers could claim
tremendous progress for their ear 5/6 children in multiplication
and division knowledge. Click
A small study of
multiplication and division basic fact knowledge with Year 7/8
students was made in 2013. Again gains under Kiwi Maths were
impressive. Some failure to make good progress made it clear
that care needs to be taken not to start students on Kiwi
Maths if they are not sufficiently prepared for it. To see,
Research findings which made clear that Numeracy Project methods
were signally failing children in the 'underachieving tail
research were conveyed to the Minister of Education along with
recommendations, - all of which have been thoroughly ignored.
A few new initiatives are in place but with no research to show
they will contribute to the sea change that needs to happen.
Little will come from them and NZ will continue its downhill
SCHOOLS AND BOARDS may need to take
things more into their own hands. To that end and in addition to
'Kiwi Maths' we offer 'AFPM Tests of Basic Facts' which use
'Accurate Facts Per Minute' to show precisely where students
stand and 'Basic Fact Progress Charts' which help then chart and
control their progress through the year.