I have been searching the web all day trying to find ways to teach the times table. Ds knows how to use the counters to multiply problems for worksheets, but I am trying to get him to memorize the times table so he doesn't need the counters so much. I have been doing the flash cards thing for awhile and he still hasn't memorized the 2's. Also he is not a big fan of silly songs or songs period for that matter so a multiplication cd won't help. I went to Mardels and saw they had a dvd, but don't know if it's any good.
So anyways I was wondering what you have done that worked great for your kid/s or what are you doing right now that your kid/s are enjoying and seem to be picking up the times table with?
February 4 at 4:07 PM
My oldest learned by memorization, my 8 yo learned by skip counting, and my youngest has taught himself using songs and multiplication games I have on my tablet. My best suggestion is music and skip counting will get you there fastest if your child understands the meaning and purpose of multiplication and then simple division will come naturally with the mulitiplication skip counting. Good luck!
I used blocks I had to have objects to help them.Find rhyming songs too help them
by NYCitymomx3February 5 at 9:03 AM
Times Tales was awesome for ds at 8y/o. It focuses on the "hard" times tables: 3,4,6,7,8,& 9.
After that it was just tons of multiplication and division drills. Ds's whole math lesson for the day would be 30-50 single digit problems (we used different things like a chalkboard, dry-erase board, crayons, etc). We'd also play "speed flash cards" too. Making a game out of it was helpful. We spent a few months on this, then we'd revisit the drills for a day or 2 every now and then.
He's 11 now and his math skills are great. I believe kids MUST master the basics before even thinking about moving on to higher math.
February 5 at 9:24 AM
We've been memorizing skip counting...if you want to try songs with a video (which has helped my daughter) on youtube by havefunteaching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBas_4F-YzY&list=PLEzaeEbY9Lb0G7MSPPPe8JpBbrbsSdtRs&index=2 the link is for skip counting by 2...as they actually do the counting part, they show the numbers.
Otherwise, we really are just memorizing. I think at one point I had gotten from Scholastic a hands on activity book with multiplication. It was a little more fun for her to work on since she got to read the problem, open the flaps and check the answer herself...but getting her to sit down and do it was just as much of a problem as doing flash cards...
by AnryanFebruary 5 at 12:16 PM
times tables and rhyming/funny songs
Like: He ate and he ate til i was sick on the floor: 8 x 8 is 64
by artimom71February 22 at 11:38 PM
We've been watching Multiplication Rock on You tube :)
by frstldyhmschFebruary 23 at 1:13 AM
I never focused on the memorization because, I feel it's best to know how to figure problems out. I know some people force memorization for the sake of a better flow when it comes to the next level of math. But in my 7 years of homeschooling I have found that repetitive problems will automatically trigger a memorization effect. This theory has worked for my kids so far and they can spit out multiplication facts like no body's business.
by coffeelover2February 23 at 1:29 PM
play yahtzee with him.