Every kid faces a challenge at some point in school. Then their mommy faces trying to help them with it.
For some it’s reading.
Maybe it’s history facts.
Or maybe its multiplication….That would be Nathan’s.
And therefore mine.
Whether your child learns at home, school or on the moon. When they are struggling with something it’s left to Mom and Dad, maybe a big brother or sister, to help them get it.
We have done multiplication flash cards until I thought I would go cross-eyed. I couldn’t fault Nathan for his groan when they appeared because I felt the exact same way!
So I consulted my fellow homeschool mommas who gave me some awesome ideas. And a little looking online came up with more.
Today I am going to share them with you, so that if you need to practice multiplication without flashcards you have an arsenal of ideas!
#1- Roll the Dice!!
This is a super easy game, and you can practice up to 6×6. I even do it with Daniel for addition. Roll them and have your child multiply the numbers that come up. I love this one because it’s really fast paced, and it reinforces a lot of the easier problems and helps build confidence.
#2 Multiplication War
First pull out two of the same cards, whatever multiple you’re focusing on. (6 in the picture). Then divide the rest of your deck in half. At the same time each player flips over a card. Then have your child say both problems out loud with the answer. Whoever’s product is higher gets to keep the cards. Play until both decks are gone, and the person with the bigger stack is the winner! Or you can keep playing until someone has no cards left. With this game you can practice all the way through your 10’s. You could even assign the Jack, King, and Queen, different values if you want to practice through 11 and 12.
#3 Learning Wrap- Ups
These are really cool. Basically you take the string and wrap it from the factor on one side to the answer on the other side. It took Nathan a little while to get exactly how to wrap it but once he did he really liked them. This company makes these for all areas of study from vocabulary to state capitals, you can order them individually or they have complete math sets that come with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. What’s great about these is that they self correct. If you’ve gotten the pattern right on the front, it lines up on the back. If not you can see where it should have gone. It’s great for them to practice solo.
#4 Math Slicer
If your kids have ever played Fruit Ninja, they will love this app. It is fast paced enough that they can’t sit and add in their head, but not so fast that it’s frustrating. Each problem displays on the screen then two answers pop up and you slice the right one. We downloaded it on both boys Kindles because you can also practice addition, subtraction and division with this one. They actually like it so much I’ve caught Daniel playing it during non-school time.And given the choice Nathan will always pick this over any other practice.
So there it is. The tricks I currently have up my sleeve for learning those pesky times tables. I hope this helps if they’re an obstacle in your house!
If you have any other tricks feel free to share, I can always use more ideas!!
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