There are stories and songs here to help with the memorization of multiplication facts. We try to move and sing whenever we can to use auditory, kinesthetic, and visual cues for the brain. Our brains store memories better when we use our temporal lobe, our motor cortex, and our occipital lobe together. Flash cards are another great way to memorize these facts.
If you want pre-made 100 problem multiplication practice pages to work on automaticity at home, you can go to the math-drills website. The goal is to complete the page within five minutes.
Sumdog is a website that offers different gaming opportunities for multiplication (as well as addition/subtraction/division) practice. You can choose between math skills or tables in one of the setup options and Sumdog will monitor your child's progress with specific math facts. Ask me if you need help adjusting these settings.
Rules to Remember
X ZERO and X ONE - All students begin by understanding that anything times zero equals zero. Likewise, anything times one is equal to the number you multiply times one.
X TWO - I also emphasize that if you know your doubles addition facts 1 + 1 = 2, 2 + 2 = 4, 3 + 3 =6, etc... then you already know your 2 times table.
X TEN - If you're familiar with School House Rock (TM), you may know My Hero Zero.
Anything times 10 is the same as that number with a ZERO slapped on the end.
For example 9 x 10 = 90 & 745 x 10 = 7,450 & 78,987 x 10 = 789,870
It's one of the most basic, and all important number sense ideas in our mathematical system.
Keep in mind that teaching new concepts is best done with hands on manipulatives.
Please practice our multiplication songs, and make sure your child is using their hands as they sing.
(All the song lyrics are on a document in the attachment section below. I'll also be adding mp3's of the songs as time goes on.)
Pegging for Kinesthetic Stories - have your child show you the movements that go with the pegs. The number pegs are used in the stories illustrated below.
auditory in its telling, kinesthetic with the movements that go along with it, and visual when you see it drawn.