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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Concerns about my children and math

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From: Colette

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 1999010716:59:45
Subject: Math

I understand your cobcerns about math. I have a child in grade 3 and grade 5. They were having trouble with multiplication tables. Here is what I did and continue to do. I asked each child what reward (small) they would like for learning their tables.If your child knows the basic concept of grouping ie: 3 groups of 4 is the same as 3x4 the rest is just memory work. I started by asking them to write out their 3 times table from 1 to 5. As they write them out they are to say them out loud. Some children learn better visually and some learn better by hearing. This method covers both aspects. I request that the older children learn two sets of tables before getting their reward. My older child needs a little more to interest her so I purchased the reward and put it in sight so she would be reminded that this would be hers as soon as she achieved her goal. Hope this helps. Also a concerned math parent.

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