I had a request from a reader asking for my advice on helping a struggling child with the multiplication tables. As I told her, many kids struggle with it. The only way to get it to sink in is to do it continuously!
Zack, my 10 year old, struggled last year and is doing much better this year. It isn’t something that is going to happen over night and trust me, they are just as frustrated as you are.
Multiplication facts are something that must be memorized, not learned. So, work them into your child’s every day schedule and here’s the best way:
Ok, so once you have your cards just sit down with your child and go through them quickly. They should NOT be adding them in their head, but should just know them. I hold a card up and count to 3 in my head. If Zack hasn’t given me the correct answer by the time I get to 3, I set it aside. If they know them, they get to keep them! Then, I sometimes reward him with that many pieces of cereal, that many pennies, or that many m&ms.
With the set aside cards, I started off by flipping through them to see if there was a pattern. For example: Zack really struggled with 6s, 7s, and 9s (understandable). So, we spent a few weeks really promoting those by playing online games and doing worksheets. I had him write them (just like with spelling words) several times in both ways. I came up with cute sayings like 5,6,7,8. 56 = 7 x 8 or we just did them in song 6 times 6 is thiiiirrty-six. It sticks because it rhymes.
So, online games and such can be found with just a quick google search, but here are the places that we have used and recommend:
1. Math Blaster by JumpStart! You can play online or use their new Apple or Android App!
2. Multiplication Problem Printables at MathBlaster
3. Math Fact Café allows you to generate your own Multiplication Table Worksheets
4. TLS Books has over 97 free multiplication worksheets for you to print and use with your child!
5. Multiplication.com has an AMAZING amount of printables and games to keep you going.
I hope you find these links useful and good luck! I am with you… I HATE Math. LOL!