At Cobb, we subscribe to a philosophy of teaching math through kinesthetic activities using manipulatives that clearly support the concepts behind the math algorithms we teach. Songs and rhymes are another important component of our instructional program in math. We believe that when you see it, say it, and do it, your brain has a much higher chance of remembering it.
One example of this is our approach to teaching multiplication. Please check out the multiplication link in the navigation bar to the right. We teach stories which use imagery, vocalization, and movement as a means of memorizing specific facts. We also sing songs using the products of multiplication facts that we can practice while using our fingers. In addition to those methods, we build arrays so our students can see what specific multiplication equations look like.
As with anything else, repeated practice and review is essential if you truly want to learn something. Which is why we teach the basic facts to a level of automaticity. There are some practice sheets below which can be printed for additional practice as you see fit. I'll be adding more as time goes on.
Another example of this philosophy is the rounding rhyme below. There are movements that go along with this rhyme that my students use.
Please check out the multiplication and internet links section for additional support materials and suggestions.