Tuesday, January 14, 2014

multiplication tables...sigh

Can I just say that getting a kid to learn their multiplication tables is one of my absolute least favorite parts of homeschooling? I mean aside from the whining, bad attitudes, and eye rolling, of course. There is no particularly easy way to learn the tables, you really just have to memorize them, and it seems to take forever.

James has been bogging down in Math Mammoth lately because I have not made him memorize the tables. Now I think we just need to dig our heels in and do it. This is the plan I have come up with.

Learning the Multiplication Tables

Math Mammoth 3-this is our main math program,which works well for him overall, but lately it has been moving too quickly through the multiplication facts for everything to really sink in. Initially I was going to take a break from MM in order to cement the facts, but after reading several forum posts I have decided to let him use a multiplication chart to look up the answers instead.  MM has the child completing one of these every few days, so after he completes one I will let him use it during math time. Many people were saying that the very act of looking up the answers is what cemented the facts in their child's mind.

We are about to start this book, which introduces the multiplication facts and asks kids to make "honey cards" (flashcards) to practice with.

We will read one story per day from this book. Each story focuses on one multiplication fact. For example,  one character can't wait until he is 16 so he can drive a 4 x4. The story is supposed to stick in the child's mind, so that when you say "what's 4 x4?", they automatically remember the story (and the answer!). So far I can't say I am seeing astounding results with this, but we've only been using it for about a week. It is a fun read and only takes about five minutes per day. 

And finally, I am going to let him have some time each day to play online multiplication games. Math Mammoth included several links in our download.  I may also let him try the free version of Timez Attack.

Okay, I feel better now that I've got a plan! I will let you know how it goes.

1 comment:

  1. Good luck! My daughter's about at the same place. It's annoying. She hates it. I hate it. Stupid necessary evils. Good luck.


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