Erika - posted on 11/20/2008
We use Math wrap-ups for both our daughters. The set we found on Amazon has addition,subtraction,multiplication,division, and fractions as well as CDs that go with each one. THe girls like them because they can do it on their own and check themselves.
1) Practice skip-counting (2,4,6,8, or 3,6,9,12 etc.)
2) Get on the internet and find some sites that have interactive games -- kids always love those.
3) Show them the relationship between numbers. For example, if you want to know a number x 4, you could multiply it by 2 and then double it. Same with 3's to 6's and 4's to 8's.
4) There are all sorts of rhymes that can help your child remember the facts. For example "A 4-by-4 is a mean machine (truck), I'm gonna get one when I'm 16." There are all sorts of 9's tricks, too.
5) Don't throw out the idea of flashcards altogether. If your child has already memorized some of them, go ahead and take those out of the stack. A smaller stack is not so intimidating. Or, just choose one tricky fact (example 6x7=42). Work on that for a few days non-stop, and then pick another one. Try taking out every "repeat" fact until your child becomes more confident, then keep adding more cards if you want.
Hope that helps!
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