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January 12, 2005

Teaching Multiplication

The boys have long known how to do skip counting for 2s, 5s, and 10s (ala Ruth Beechick) but only lately have I been introducing them to the more formal concepts of multiplication.

Tonight I was looking for some multiplication worksheets online and came across some great web resources:

Multiplication.com: Activities, online and family games, printable workseets and other teaching ideas.

Multiplication Worksheet Creator: Lots of choices in customizing worksheets.

EdHelper Multiplication: Cut-n-paste their worksheets into Word to print. Illustrates with dots the basic multiplication concept.

Multiplication Worksheets: By number families.

Natural Math: Learning multiplication with minimal memorization. (via Rachel Ann.)

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Skip counting is SO good. My students learned a lot from it. Saxon is very very pro skip counting. After they learn 2-10, they can skip count fractions. What fun!

Posted by: kristen at January 13, 2005 03:15 AM

when my 7 yr old son and I were doing multiplication table, I made a chart in word, with big, bold font, and let him fill in the times tables... in whatever order he wanted... (ie. the 2s, 5s first) - as he did them, we could highlight the columns and show how there were patterns in the numbers... we ended up doing several variations on this theme - kind of mixing math and art together... he got interested in it because of the process...

Posted by: lisa at January 13, 2005 06:27 AM

You may be interested in this page. It shows how there are only about 13 facts one needs to memorize and how to deduce the rest of the times table.
http://naturalmath.com/mult/mult1.html

I wouldn't say that it works for every child, but for many children it could be a lifesaver.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at January 13, 2005 05:30 PM

Awesome, awesome sites! Thanks for the resource. The Princess is just getting to that stage, too, and I'm not sure where to go for fun stuff beyond skip counting and Schoolhouse Rock. Now, I know. :)

Posted by: MamaGeph at January 13, 2005 11:34 PM

Rachel Ann that page was awsome! I have a 7 year old and I'm going to go over this with him tomorrow. He will love it!

BTW, I use Math-U-See with my kids and it is fabulous. Check them out on the internet. I have a just-turned-five year old who knows her adding facts 0,1,2,and 9. She knows place value to 100. She can count to 100 and skip count by 2's and 10's. We all love this program.

Posted by: Lara at January 15, 2005 06:16 AM

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