**Questions about Tap & Tally™**

**Q: Why Tap & Tally™?**

**A:** Tap & Tally™ accounts for different learning styles, in particular, the visual and tactile kinesthetic, but at no loss to the auditory. It ensures equity along with excellence in empowering *every* elementary school student with the number facts within *days* of their classmates—not months or years. It hugely reduces the risk of failure and the loss of self-confidence and self-esteem that arise from not knowing or being unsure of some of the number facts.

**Q: What is different about learning the number facts with Tap & Tally™ versus just memorizing them?**

**A:** With Tap & Tally™, students *internalize* the number facts: they *know* they know them. When students work at memorizing the number facts, they *hope* they know them.

**Q: Is Tap & Tally™ developmentally appropriate for young children?**

**A:** Yes. It is developmentally appropriate for young children because it is based on counting. Even most 4-year-olds are good at counting (Avesar and Dickerson 1987; Fuson 1988; Sophian 1987).

**Q: If I use Tap & Tally™, do I have to stop using flashcards, speed drills, and worksheets for teaching the number facts?**

**A:** No. However, the standard of knowing the number facts from memory alone needs to be broadened to include knowing how to figure out a fact if forgotten or not sure.

**Q: Is it advisable to teach mental math along with Tap & Tally™?**

**A:** Yes. Mental math should be taught in conjunction with Tap & Tally™. Both are about figuring out the number facts that don’t automatically pop into one’s mind. Knowing both, students can check results with one method with the other.

**Q: Isn****’****t Tap & Tally™ just like counting on your fingers?**

**A:** In that it is based on counting, it is reminiscent of counting on one’s fingers, but it is more like using a dictionary. When does one look up the meaning of a word? *When one doesn**’**t know it or isn**’**t sure of it.* When does one quit looking it up? *When one knows it.* This analogy is the basis for the no-guessing rule in *Mad Minute Primer*: “If you know it, write it down. If you don’t or aren’t sure of it, figure it out. *D on’t guess*.”

**Q: Isn****’****t Tap & Tally™ a crutch?**

**A:** No. If a student doesn’t remember a number fact, then it is a problem for the student, and Tap & Tally™ is an appropriate strategy for solving the problem.

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