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Multiplication Math Magic! (Part 1)

Do your children hate practicing their multiplication facts? If they are like my own children, practicing math facts is "just another chore," boring, or a waste of time to them!  Since I personally don't like to do anything boring, I've gotten creative with how I teach multiplication to my students at school an how I practice with my own children at home.  The transformation in their attitudes about multiplication have been magic!   PLAY GAMES! Using a deck of playing cards, remove all face cards from the deck. Select a number of the week to practice. Flip a card and ask your child to tell the product of the card you flipped with their number of the week.       EX. If their number of the week is 2, and the card you flip is a 7, say,"What is the product  of 2 x 7?"                                                                                                                                                              ... read more

Multiplying tips

Hello everyone, it's been a while since I updated this blog, but I'd like to give a few tips to parents for helping their kids get ready for multiplication and division.   If you are introducing the concept of multiplication:   Explain to your child that multiplication is an easy way add up the same number   Example: You could take a whole bunch of pencils, let's say 6, and split them up into three groups of two.   Have the child add each of the groups up:   ||     +      ||        +     || 2      +      2         +     2  = 6   Now, explain to the child, that multiplying is taking all the plus signs and replacing it with (x)   To construction the... read more

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