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!
-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!