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This is an important message that all parents and educators need to know. I
think it explains the importance of learning your multiplication facts…
Boy, over the years, I’ve gotten tons of emails from stressed out parents who
could just not get their kids to learn their times tables!
There are definitely some key things I need to tell you about before you jump
into our time tables lessons, etc.
FIRST of all, they are REALLY going to need to know their times tables—
REEEEEALLLY well! I cannot stress this enough! Hey, I know college students
who do not know their times tables…Let’s put an end to that right now.
There are two places in elementary school math where we lose kids: long
division and fractions. Long division hits first…During one problem, they’ll
have to divide, multiply and subtract several times. Without knowing those
times tables off the top of their heads, this will seem like an impossible
task. I’ve had many, many college kids tell me that long division is what
turned them into a life-long math-hater…until I got a hold of them and
changed their minds, of course!
Now, did you notice that I talked about multiplying AND dividing in that last
paragraph? That’s because they go hand in hand. They go together like ramma-
lamma-lamma-a-diggity-diggity-dong! (Sorry for slipping into a song from
Grease there!) Please teach the times table for multiplication and division
at the same time!!! (see my lesson on “What Numbers Go Together,”
Here’s another important thing and something parents ask me about a lot:
“My child just can’t seem to remember her times tables. She doesn’t seem to
Understanding…Ah…Trust me on this one. The reason your child cannot remember
that 7x8=56 is NOT because of a lack of understanding, it’s because he/she
just hasn’t memorized that one yet!
Whatever you may hear flying around the elementary schools these days,
memorization is NOT a dirty word. Yes, definitely have your child understand
what multiplication and division means (I’ve got lessons on it). But after
that, it’s all about memorizing those puppies. What comes to your mind when
you see the numbers 6 and 7? The numbers 13 and 42 should pop right up and it
should for them too!!!!
Really, I think that drawing all those set bubbles for big numbers like
8x7=72 is just a lot of busy work. Stick with smaller numbers for these!
Enjoy memorizing your multiplication facts…
Written by: COOLmath Karen…
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