From the Maths Coach's Corner
The debate rages over whether or not students should "memorize" their facts.
We should really be discussing automaticity or fluency, not memorization.
It is important that there is an understanding of the concepts behind math facts, rather than rote memorization.
The fact is that students who are not fluent with the basic math facts are at a huge disadvantage with most other aspects of math.
So, LEARN the basic facts first.
Then here are some practice websites to develop fluency.