How Does Our Program Work?
Karate Kat is a quick and simple program. It has been well designed and tested by hundreds of students.
The Training Zone
Enter the Training Zone by clicking on the green buttons. Each button features a different times table. Use the Training Zone to learn your tables.
Practise your tables here to get ready to "go for" your karate belt. This is unlimited (so no pressure) but does feature a count-up timer so your can track if you are getting quicker.
Use the wooden board (read about below) and star feature to judge if you are ready to "enter the Dojo" and "go for" your Karate Belt.
Training Zone: Speed or Accuracy?
When you enter the Training Zone, you have the option of "training" for speed or accuracy. This enables students to evaluate their progress and target their learning - do they need to just get quicker? Or are there facts that are catching them out?
Speed: In the Speed Zone, a count up timer gives students an idea of how they are going. Keeping a record of this time (we write it in our student's diary), you can track progress and watch if speed is improving. (If their recall is good and their typing is the issue, then we recommend typing for them as this is not a typing test!)
Accuracy: Imagine your own personal times table coach! That's what is special about this feature. The game monitors student answers and uses them to create an individualised program... it takes out tables facts that the student knows and just focuses on those they don't. This makes our game, personalised, efficient and targeted.
Wooden board feature
This is a strong feature of our program. Use the wooden boards to give direction to learning! Don't waste time learning tables facts you already know - just focus on the ones you don't know!
If the wooden board cracks entirely, you KNOW this times table.
If the wooden board PARTIALLY cracks, then you need to BRUSH UP on this one - you know if, but sometimes get it incorrect.
If the wooden board doesn't crack, you don't know that fact and NEED TO LEARN IT.
Enter the Dojo!
When your students are ready, get them to enter the Dojo! Each Dojo focuses on different times tables, and are in order of difficulty (as judged by our student feedback group!) rather than chronologically. This is also in line with the Australia Curriculum.
Click on the little Dojo (house) and complete the timed test.
The first 6 focus on 1 to 12 multiplication tables
The next 3 have division (inverse) facts included
The last Dojo is the ultimate - all tables (and inverse) mixed!
Make your way through, at your pace and at your level.
The Order of the Dojo
Celebrate achievement and success by giving student's our Karate Kat certificates. These are high quality and graphically designed. Each karate belt comes with it's own certificate.
These are available in .pdf and .docx.
Click on our classroom resources section.
And best yet, they are free with the program!
Also download our wall charts for classroom displays.
Use our FREE classroom resources - download from our Resources section.
These high quality, well designed resources support using Karate Kat and help your student's learn. (Click on the picture to the left to see more).
Display charts help students visualise times tables facts.
Name charts help track student progress and motivate learning.
Bookmarks are brilliant for giving student direction and isolating facts to learn... also promote home-school partnerships.
Visit our Resources section to find out more!
Structure of the Program
This is our recommended structure - as tried and tested by hundreds of our students.
You are welcome to adapt this to suit your students; it is just a suggestion.
Use the training zone to practise times table of focus. (Approximately 10 mins)
Use the wooden board feature to identify the facts each student needs to learn.
Highlight student bookmarks (students can highlight themselves!)... and send home or stick on tables for reference.
During the week:
Karate Kat is a great fast finisher...
Need to fill in a few minutes before recess bell? Karate Kat is perfect to use here!
Allow 10 minutes to 'go for' your Karate Belt.
We use this as an introduction to our Numeracy block.
At the end of the day, we celebrate success and hand out certificates for students who 'achieved their Karate Belt'.
A great way to end the week on a positive.