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Multiplication Tables – Are They Helpful?

Multiplication Tables – Are They Helpful?

Young math learners often struggle with learning the multiplication tables. Often they will question their parents and teachers as to the validity and importance of learning them. So if you’re looking for a good comeback for this question, I think this article will help you! And it should also help you to get a few new ideas for assisting your child in learning their multiplication tables.

The Importance Of Memorising Multiplication Tables

Learning multiplication tables is an inevitable step into the world of maths. Children begin learning their times tables in 2nd and 3rd grade. Often, some children will have a natural flare for learning their multiplication tables while others might find it difficult.

Usually, teachers depend on parents to assist their struggling children at home. Sadly this can lead to a frustrating learning experience with a child who is finding multiplication tables particularly challenging. It can end up causing parents to question the necessity of times tables altogether.

Is it?



Memorising the multiplication tables prepares children for the future stages of maths. These future stages involve more challenging calculations that bring in division – both short and long – as well as more complicated mathematics.

To skip the fundamental learning stage of times tables would be like teaching a child to run before they have learned to walk.

Consequently they will crawl through more complicated maths – such as two-digit multiplication and long division – with great difficulty.

Bearing this in mind, we can confidently conclude that the times tables are essential to learning. Without them a child’s confidence and capability will be lost.

The important of times tables must also be taken in its broader context to fully appreciate how necessary it is. It is not exclusive to schools or learning environments, but also in our everyday lives! We often use multiplication for something as simple as calculating prices in the shops, planning parties and in domestic activities such as cooking, calculating bills etc.

All of these necessary and everyday tasks are made easier and achieved faster when one knows their times tables.Now, while these are valid points to any adult, it’s another thing trying to encourage a child who is struggling with their times tables.

It’s important to note that in some situations a child’s struggle can be chalked up to a learning difficulty – especially if they are receiving consistent help from parents and teachers. If this is the case then a child will need to be given alternative methods for learning their multiplication tables.

A child must always be supported and encouraged.It is vital that parents do NOT reprimand or criticize their children. The child is struggling enough as it is! Negative emotions and pressure will sabotage a child’s learning capability – in some cases it is severe enough to completely prevent the learning of new information.

Multiplication tables can be learned in a variety of new and innovative methods. These new learning styles allow for a child to find the best method to suit the way they process information.

Some of these new methods include taking a more visual approach to learning. Games, flash cards, interactive software, the use of animals and cartoon characters to encourage children. An almost holistic approach to maths that makes facts FUN to learn.

When the method of learning these multiplication facts is made engaging and entertaining for children, then they are far more likely to retain the information learned. Memorising the multiplication tables through these new methods makes a necessary and educational experience both fun and MEMORABLE!

By: Olivia Chandler

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com

For more information on Multiplication, goto www.timestablesmaths.com.

One other resource I’ve found is on Youtube.com. Check on there for multiplication table videos – there are some very good ones that I’m sure your child will like!

Have a great day!


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Help With Solving Word Problems

Word problems can be a source of frustration and anxiety for many students. So I was looking for an article to see if there was any goos advice on this topic and I found the article below on Article Directory .com.

It offers some good ideas and should prove helpful as your student takes on learning math and solving word problems.

Six Word Problem-solving Strategies To Help Reduce Math Anxiety



Many students fear and despise the mathematics story problems (word problems) they encounter in their classes. Math anxiety is a real life experience and is usually made worse by the thought of having to solve a story problem.

The truth is, life itself is made up of a long series of story problems and those whose solution requires the use of our math skills are not difficult once a few simple strategies are learned.

Story problems usually contain key words or phrases that tell what operation(s) need to be performed with the numbers. Learn to look for these word clues:

ADDITION: add (to), sum, plus, more than, increased by

SUBTRACTION: subtract (from), difference, minus, less than, decreased by, how many more?

MULTIPLICATION: multiply, product, times, twice, three (four, five, etc.) times, percent

DIVISION: divide, quotient, share equally

When attempting to solve one of these problems, if the appropriate operation to be used is not obvious – just try something. If the wrong method is selected, one will at least learn what does not work – after all, if something isn’t tried, nothing will be learned.

Here is a basic procedure to follow:

Read the problem carefully – find out what is being asked for. Don’t try to understand the whole problem the first time through – just determine what the main question is.
Go back and re-read the problem to see what information has been given that will be helpful in answering the main question.
Find any word clues that will help determine what operations are needed.
Perform the required operations.
Finally, mentally check the answer to see if it makes sense and is reasonable. Be especially aware of the units (ft., in., lb., oz., gallons, etc.) and be sure the answer is expressed in the correct units.

The following six proven strategies will be helpful in solving story problems:

Draw a Figure or Diagram: This is the basic strategy to use when help is needed to visualize what is wanted in a problem – a sure-fire way to clear out any mental fog that exists. Labeling the figure with all the known information will keep everything straight and avoid getting lost in the words.

Put Data in a Table – Look for Patterns: A table is a great method for organizing information and once the information is in the table, it is a lot easier to find a pattern in the data.

Cut and Try Method: This method involves taking a guess at the answer and checking it against the desired answer and then adjusting the first guess (and any subsequent guesses) to get closer to the desired result.
An example of this method is used in zeroing an artillery piece on its target. An observer gives his best estimate of the target coordinates, a round is fired, the location of the hit is observed and the coordinates adjusted accordingly. The process is repeated until a hit is registered on the target.

Solve a Simpler Problem: Using a simpler version of a problem can be helpful in suggesting a problem solving approach.

A well-known example of this method involves deciding how many fence posts are needed for a fence of given length if the posts are to be spaced at 10 foot intervals. Draw a diagram of a fence with two or three posts, observe the pattern and apply it to the longer fence in the problem.

Work Backward: Solving problems by working backward is exactly what we do when solving linear equations.

For example: the equation 9x – 13 = 32 means that 13 subtracted from the product of x multiplied by 9 results in 32. So we reverse those operations to find x. Add 13 to each side of the equation and then divide both sides by 9.

Dimensional Analysis: Dimensional Analysis is one of the most useful methods for solving story problems. The great thing about specifying the units of the measurements (besides clarifying what we are talking about) is that they act just like numbers in arithmetic operations. All we do to solve a problem is put the units in the right order to produce the correct units for the answer.

For example: If a car traveled 395 kilometers in 210 minutes, what was the average mph?
Put the units in order so that cancellations will result in the desired combination:
Km/min x mi/km x min/hr = mi/hr

Next, plug in the given information and carry out the arithmetic operations.
395 km/210 min x 0.621 mi/km x 60 min/hr = 70 mi/hr or 70 mph

In summary, if students afflicted with “math phobia” will take a deep breath and approach the story problems with calmness and the following tools, life will take on a new beauty and serenity:

Read the problem carefully
Look for the operations key words
Pick a logical strategy to find the solution;

Draw a figure or diagram and label known parts
Put data in a table and look for patterns
Cut and try (take a few guesses and refine)
Solve a simpler problem
Work backward
Use dimensional analysis

Review your answer to see if it is reasonable.

Don’t forget to be neat and logical and have some fun – story problems are just a puzzle to solve.

By: Robert Leatherwood, PhD

Article Directory: http://www.articledashboard.com


  So what do you think? Did you find this article useful? Are you ready to go out and tackle some word problems?  🙂

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Rapid Mathematics Fun!

More Mathematics fun for us! Please check out this article by Kyle Taylor:

Kids’ Mathematics – How To Make It Fun 30 Minutes A Day


In this article, we are going to give you tips on how to make math fun for your kids. You can take the information and use it to increase your child’s math skills 30 minutes a day. Although most of the games are 30 minutes, you may find yourself doing it for an hour. Kids love to have fun and we’re going to give them what they are looking for.

Rapid Kids’ Mathematics


Kids interested in mathematics will love Rapid Math because it requires competition, speed, and accuracy. This game helps students become masters of basic math fundamentals such as multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Kids of all ages can participate in Rapid Math.

A minimum of four players are needed (one answering questions/one providing flashcards). Each player has one partner which will use math equations on their flash cards to answer math problems. There should be 100 flashcards per team.

The whole deck must be completed before the game ends. For instance, the child must understand and answer an equation no matter how many times it appears in the deck. Every time he or she gives an incorrect answer, the flashcard is placed back in the deck for the remainder of the game.

Why is Rapid Math a great way to teach your kids mathematics?

Parents can use Rapid Math as a game to encourage their child’s to seek knowledge. For instance, adding small prizes such as extra television time, recess, or a fun day at the park would make a child want to learn more to earn the prizes. The psychological and emotional impact of a job well-done keeps kids coming back to earn more.

Rapid Math can be an essential tool to ensure your child remains sharp in all areas of math. Parents can adjust the levels of difficulty from basic math to algebra; start your child’s academic future in the right direction by participating in Rapid Math to make learning fun. Other games are available for Grades K-6, but Rapid Math is the most effective in developing kids’ aptitudes for higher learning skills.


By: Kyle Taylor     Article Directory 

Kyle Taylor is the owner of www.tutorhelp.info

So what is your opinion of the Rapid Math game? Have any of you tried it?

I would love to hear from you!


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Physical Activity And Math Games

Physical Math Games for Children.

More and more educators are taking a new approach to teaching math, promoting not only computing skills but physical fitness as well!

Introducing physical activity into math games adds fun for the students. They not only reinforce the math they are learning but also get playtime and improve physical well being.

To introduce a game to your math students, write rules for the game using clear language that your students will understand. Written rules can help you remember the game from year to year and also help students remember how to play it. Make sure that your rules tell the students what to do in each step of the game and that they also state the objective of the game. By providing rules you are able to circumvent arguments between students about how the game is played. In addition, students are able to practice reading for information while they read the game’s rules.

If you’re using children’s literature as an inspiration for your game, read the book to the class before introducing the game. This hooks students, introduces them to the concept and generates excitement.

Here’s an idea: Explain the ancient race of horse-drawn chariots. Replicate the Olympic games by giving each student a straw and a cotton ball. Each team member competes by blowing the cotton ball from a starting point to a finish line. Have the students time each other using a stopwatch. Allow individual team winners to compete for the gold. Challenge the students to convert the race times from minutes to seconds or to total each team’s race times for a team prize.

Math is a subject that often requires repeated practice. Because motivating students to practice math problems can be a challenge, using math games in the classroom will help to keep them interested.

Math can get repetitive and monotonous for a typical elementary school student. Keeping your students engaged is critical to their learning.

Change it up. Play some online math games too.

Did you know that Monster Online provides opportunities for students to play free interactive math games through a knowledgebox link. Players can enjoy games such as, “Baseball Geometry,” to freshen up identifying and selecting skills concerning angles. Students can practice addition, multiplication and finding coordinates on a grid, with “Cowboy Math.” Simple addition and subtraction games can be found in “Big Count Bayou” while animal counting games or fraction conversions are found in the “Fraction Cafe.” Other online sources that provide free interactive math games are Sheppard Software, Fun Brain and CoolMath4Kids.

Hope this helps you.

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Math Games Are A Fun Way To Learn Math

I found  a nice article on EzineArticles that I’d like to share with you. It deals with making the process of learning math fun. Something you should probably be familiar with if you’ve been reading this blog for a while!  🙂

So here it is:


Math Games – A Fun Way to Learning Math

Math games are a great way to get students involved in math.  Just like chess, math games get students hooked.  Each time they play, they have more confidence and better strategies.  With the competitive itch, they strive to do better each time they play.

Math games should be specifically designed to work on math skills.  It may work on addition, multiplication or fractions.  Having the skills as part of the game makes it easy to make learning seem fun.  Just like mothers often sneak vegetables into a casserole or pasta dish, teachers can sneak learning into games.

The games should have some elements that make it playable.  The game should have simple rules.  If there are too many rules, kids will lose interest.  Soccer is relatively simply.  You need to kick the ball into the net without using your hands.  In golf you try to hit a ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible.  With Scrabble, you try to make words with the highest point value possible.  The general goal or core rules of the game should be relatively simple.

Once this is established, there should be room for developing strategy.  The game Tic Tac Toe is not played by adults or even most kids as it is too simple.  The game of chess however allows players to make choices that affect the outcome of the game.  If you can’t develop strategy or feel like you are affecting the outcome, you probably won’t continue playing.

There also needs to be an element of chance.  Even though players may have different abilities, each one should feel as though they have a chance to win.  You wouldn’t enter a 100 meter race if you knew the other runner was a great deal faster.  In Scrabble the element of chance comes when players randomly choose letters.  When chance affects the game it evens out the playing field.

Games in the class create hours of solid practice.  Students actually focus on the skills and develop their skills quickly.  Aside from the math skills students learn, they also learn some much needed social skills by working with partners that they can’t get from video games.  Games are the way to reach children and make learning a truly fun and inspiring activity.  The skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Darren Michalczuk is the founder of the Brick School.  He is an experienced classroom teacher who has developed many programs and resources for math, language and music.  The Brick School offers quality educational posters, programs and worksheets online for elementary language arts, math and music.  Materials are designed to promote effective learning strategies in an easy to understand, straight-forward format.  They offer both practical solutions to learning problems and leading edge technology and techniques.  It reaches both struggling students and those who need extra challenges in class.With the latest software and leading edge learning strategies, our materials are paving the way for learning.  User-friendly programs give students instant feedback while they practice important basic skills. Lessons and study guides also include proven learning strategies and memories techniques. Please visit our website. http://brickschool.ca

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Darren_Michalczuk  Math-Games – A Fun Way to Learning Math

Hope you enjoyed the article!

Chess anyone?


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Math Learning Fun

If you think that learning math is boring, so may your child! To help them overcome this feeling, you need to interject some fun into their learning process!

The article below will help you to do just that.


Making Math Fun and Watch a Child Succeed!

Attention Teachers, Homeschoolers and parents who want to enrich a child’s life! As a
mother of a grown child, and a toddler, I know how important it is to make learning fun
for kids; they don’t care if they are learning something important for their life success,
they just want to PLAY! It is our job to make learning fun. Getting a child to pay
attention is a tough job; this article is to help you do just that; and teach your child
the math skills they need to achieve success in school and life.

I’ve found a great product that is affordable, and makes math exciting and easy to learn.
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“Making Math More Fun Printable Math Games” is a series of ebooks that you can download and
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Have a great (and fun) day!


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How to Learn Mathematics

Here’s an interesting article I found on Article Alley about how you can learn mathematics!

You are a high school student taking mathematics, more likely unwillingly
than otherwise. Your parents, teachers, school administrators, government, career
advisors tell you that you need to learn this subject. You may or may not agree, but at
least, you want to graduate from school with good grades. However since you entered
middle or high school math has been getting progressively harder and you have
become frustrated thinking that you will never master this subject. Take heart. It may
simply be that your approach needs correction. This article is for you.
To learn math, it is useful to understand the nature of the subject.
Mathematics is sequential. Imagine you are in a building and want to go to a higher
floor, but there is no elevator. You have to go by a staircase; but each step is high.
You cannot skip steps. You have to climb step one then step two, step three etc.
Learning mathematics is like that. You have to understand counting before you can
understand addition and subtraction; addition before multiplication. You should
master angles and equations before you tackle trigonometry. This means you should
not skip classes unnecessarily. You must master all topics, starting with the simplest
ones, especially key topics, not only for themselves, but also because they are
preparation for later work which you will not understand without the proper basis. Do
you think then, that you should miss classes unnecessarily?
Some concepts are more important than others. I think of balancing equations,
substitution, ratio, simplification, directed numbers among others. I say these are
important because they are used over and over in learning mathematics and solving
problems. So learn to identify key concepts (or have them identified for you), how
they are applied and how to apply them since they are used repeatedly. You will find
this more useful than memorising formulae. In fact with this approach you may find
formulae easier to remember, because they will be better understood.
Many learners have difficulty recalling mathematical facts when they need to.

You may have understood the fact or concept before, but at the time when you need
to apply it you cannot bring it to mind. Research shows that keeping knowledge from
being lost depends upon two things; how important the learner perceives it to be at
the time that it is being learned, and how he/she is able to make connections with
earlier learned knowledge. What does this mean practically for learning math?
While learning you may want to think about how important new knowledge will be
to you. Think about how widely the new concept can be applied , how will it help you
to do more mathematics? Of what practical use is it? How will understanding it affect
your grades? How will you feel as an achiever in math? Do you gain a feeling of
power when you rise to a challenge and solve a problem? Will this new learning help
you to regain that feeling? You may have to question your teacher or do some
research on some of these questions.
You must try to see connections between new and old concepts. For instance,
expansion and factorisation are applications of the distributive law, which is a
property of numerical operations that you have been learning from grade one; those
variables in Algebra represent numbers and you are used to numbers; balancing an
equation is a new way of looking at substitution. Concepts in mathematics arise
logically from earlier concepts. This stems from the second important property of
math, it is logical. As I have said before, always ask yourself, your classmates or
your teacher, the question why. The answer will usually reveal a link to a concept
that you already understand and accept. It is easy to make connections in
mathematics, for the concepts are highly linked. If you are not making the
connections, then you are not learning the subject, and to make the connections
increases the likelihood that you will recall the facts as you need them, and more
importantly, be able to apply the concepts in problem solving. Try actively to make
sense of the subject. I repeat. Do all you can to make sense of the subject. Do not be
satisfied to memorise formulae and methods without understanding them. You
understand a step when you not only understand how the result is arrived at , but also
why that operation or method was used.
Explaining mathematics to someone is a good way to deepen your own
understanding and a good aid to recall. Rebecca DeCamillis in her e book (see link
below) suggests working with a ‘study buddy’ or forming a ‘homework club’. In my
opinion, it is also useful to be on the lookout for mathematical patterns and uses for
mathematics in your daily life. You will begin to see more of the relevance of the
subject and you may begin to regard it more highly, resulting in a more positive
attitude which will help to motivate you towards learning the subject. You may even
begin to like it. Finally, try to have fun with math. Go online. Solve some math
puzzles, play some math games, join a math club, enter into math competitions.
You will get a lot out of the subject if you engage with it.
Read more at http://www.articlealley.com/article_2069927_22.html?ktrack=kcplink

There you go! A not-so-hard way to go about learning math!

See you soon.

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