Second Grade Math Routine

This year, we faced our biggest math challenge yet: multiplication. My first question was, is there any way to teach multiplication tables without droning them? After receiving plenty of good advice, and doing a little research, I finally landed on a method.

Step one: cuddle up in Daddy’s big chair.

Step two: count by threes on our fingers.

Step three: recite 3×1=3, etc. in order, using our fingers.

Step four: mix up the facts, and use our fingers when we need to.

Step five: drill several times a day, mixing up the facts, and allowing him to use his fingers if he needs to. I drill him during math class, in the car, while doing dishes, while he is drawing a picture, etc. Basically, he is living, eating, and breathing the threes family right now.

It’s been a few weeks, but he has them all memorized! No fingers needed!

So, our math class currently goes something like this:

-Drill multiplication tables, 2s and 3s.

-Do about 3 pages from his Singapore math book. (He’s only got about 10 pages left in book 2A! – After which, we are taking a break from math books until January. We’re going to spend the next few weeks working on getting addition up to speed.)

-Work on addition facts for 4s, 5s, 6s, and 7s at this website: http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-math-lines/index.html (Ian loves this game!)

-Drill 7+9, 8+8, 8+9, and 9+9 (because he won’t cover these on the math website – it only goes up to a sum of 15).

I’m really starting to feel good about this whole math thing, and Ian doesn’t complain anymore, which is an added benefit!

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4 responses to “Second Grade Math Routine

  1. One cool tool that my son used to learn the entire times tables in nine days: Math Wrap-Ups. Involves sound, sight, speech, and movement learning styles and is fun, like a silly song with motions.

  2. Yay for not complaining about math! Some days can be really hard for us. We use Singapore too, love it 🙂

    • We’ve had some really good days and some really bad ones. It seems that the bad ones come along whenever he has to learn something new… Then we tend to struggle until it *clicks.* Hopefully though, his brain has developed enough for everything to be fairly easy from this point on. At least, as soon as he gets all of his facts memorized!

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