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### Homeschooling Multiplication

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Date: 7/7/96 at 21:35:27
From: John Case
Subject: Homeschooling Multiplication

I would like more info for my 15-yr-old who can not multiply. I am
homeschooling and need help becuase he just can't seem to memorize his
time tables and therefore can't divide. Do you have any suggestions? I
also have a 10-yr-old and a 7-yr-old. The 7-yr-old is having problems
with numbers, too.

Thanks
Vickie Case
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Date: 7/11/96 at 0:13:23
From: Doctor Jodi
Subject: Re: Mathmagic and Homeschooling Multiplication

Hi there! One game which has come highly recommended to us is called
24: players are given four numbers that they must combine using
addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a combination

It's sold commercially as a board game. A similar game is Spiro Math,
on the Web at:

http://users.penn.com/~hank/spiro.html

family in learning math:

Memorization of times tables is very helpful for division,
but it's certainly not ESSENTIAL. Rather than focusing on what he
*can't* do, why not focus on what your son CAN do?

Your whole family might be interested in playing with problems
like this one:

If you have a family with 5 people, and each person wants the same
number of pieces of candy, what size (in pieces of candy) could you

This question has LOTS of answers...

Here are two other examples which convey the idea of multiplication
without explicitly mentioning it...

- make rectangles out of bingo chips (or rows of anything else)

2 times 5 would look like

* * * * *
* * * * *

or

* *
* *
* *
* *
* *

When you recite lists of numbers like

3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18....

do you know that you're actually saying

3 times 1, 3 times 2, 3 times 3, and so on?

One of the best things to do with math is to get your entire family
involved. As a homeschooler, you're lucky to have the opportunity to
find math in daily life.  Cooking, for example, allows many
opportunities to use arithmetic and measuring skills, like when you
follow and modify recipes. So do activities like woodworking and
gardening.

Some of the best mathematics has started in games and recreational
puzzles. You might want to try different sorts of puzzles with your
family.  The Math Forum

http://mathforum.org

sponsors quite a few puzzles and contests and you can also find
interesting puzzles in newspapers, magazines, and books.

You can also find lots of fun mathematics on the internet.  One of my
favorite sites is called MegaMath:

http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/

I hope that these suggestions help...  Please let us know if we can
help again.

-Doctor Jodi,  The Math Forum
Check out our web site!  http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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