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Multiplication tables

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From: Judy (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Aug 17, 1998 at 22:32:22
Subject: Re: Multiplication tables

You did not say how old your son is, so I am assuming he is in 3rd or 4th
grade.  Since writing them does not seem to work, try these ideas.  They
work well with my students.

Using a small manipulative, preferably something edible such as Cheerios or
raisins, etc., have your son "illustrate" the facts.  Ex. 4 x 5 = 20 have him
show you four sets of five to make the 20.  Often seeing the fact helps to
reinforce it in this visual memory.  You can also purchase multiplication
practice tapes in Rock, Rap, or Country.  The music may help him memorize the
facts.

I also tell parents to try taking small groups that must be recited for
rewards.  If you want to watch a TV show, then answer these 10 facts
correctly.  Want to go play, try these 8.  Always keep the groups small and
as he masters a fact (answering it correctly several times) then remove it
from the group and just do a maintenance check occasionally.  Using small
groups is not as overwhelming as all the facts.

Good luck and be patient, some children take longer to learn these.

 -Judy, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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