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How the heck to you teach you child times tables ?

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diamondlizard Sun 16-Feb-14 23:10:53

Any tips

ggirl Sun 16-Feb-14 23:20:41

send them to school

make a grid. it helps.

FuckyNell Sun 16-Feb-14 23:22:02

Sing them on the way to school. Every. Single. Day.

Sun 16-Feb-14 23:23:48

CD with songs on, but mainly reinforcing what they've learnt at school with Ipad apps. Plus random times table quizzes at other times.

cakesonatrain Sun 16-Feb-14 23:25:36

We had a tables test at school every week (or might have been more often) when I was 10/11. It was a race. We all got really bloody good and quick.
Competition is a great aid to learning!

BerryMojito Sun 16-Feb-14 23:25:38

Post It notes on every door frame with a x table fact on. Every time they pass through the door, they say the sum. Obviously you need to change them regularly.

diamondlizard Sun 16-Feb-14 23:53:15

Oh thanks for the great tips

Will do the post it notes tomorrow

I've found carol vodermans pop music times tables on youtube so will show that to dd tomorrow

How do you mean do a grid, like a table thing and what stick it on dds wall or something.?

Cerisier Mon 17-Feb-14 00:24:46

Some ideas- practise counting up in 2s, 3s etc so they learn to remember which numbers the answers might be.

Look for patterns to help with the difficult ones eg multiples of an even number are always even, use your fingers for the nines and notice the digits always sum to nine.

Look for fun facts eg 12 = 3 x 4 and 56 = 7 x 8. Ie 1234 and 5678

Make little rhymes up eg clap clap close the gate 6 8s are 48.

This is the sort of thing I do with my Y7s! Plus I tell them to practise with their parents every time they are in the car. Little and often but keep practising.

grid. don't know what else to call it. there's almost certainly a proper name.
this shows it, and its interactive. oh my. how times change.
www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find

Buy an annoying CD and play it lots. Now they are learnt but need practice, DS chants 2 each day on the way to school.

StarsAboveYou Mon 17-Feb-14 00:33:39

Don't get them to memorise using rhymes etc as that just teaches them to memorise the pattern and not to understand the concepts behind it. They are fun but ultimately not helpful.

Lots of reinforcement using drawing/physical objects. Grouping & sharing etc.

Build on number facts that they do know. So if they know that 5X6 is 30 they can add on 6 to get to 6x6 instead of counting up in 6's.

5's and 10's are good starting points as they can "flash" their hands to help .

invicta Mon 17-Feb-14 00:34:54

We had a two cd set in the car. The first had the tables by rote.

Ie. 2x2 = 4. .

The second was a test cd.

Ie. 2 x 2 = (annoying music played).

After they could answer by rote, i pressed random so they were all mixed up.

I think it helps also that they are learnt in the format

A x b = c.

My dcs were taught to say 2 4. 6 8 etc, so never really learned that
1 x 2. = 2, so if I asked them a random table, they quickly had to scroll through the answers to get the right answer.

Hope that all makes sense.

The advantage if the doing it in the car is that you have their undivided attention, and you can do it short, sharp bursts.

Mon 17-Feb-14 00:44:05

There are lots of ways of making it fun to understand, but in the end, they just have to learn the facts

say it with them
(1x2 is 2 etc)
then gradually say it and make them fill in the end number
we used to do timed races, can you say the whole times table in 20 seconds?
Then say them out of order for them to answer.

Then say them the other way round, so 8 divided by 4 is...

sparklyma Mon 17-Feb-14 00:46:11

I'm a teacher. Stick to the same times table for 3 weeks solid. This is really important for it to stick. With the same table chant it, sing it (car CD?), post it notes in order in bedroom, bathroom etc, quiz them, do a nightly quiz.

From me a big thank you for doing this at home. It will help your child enormously. I'd learn them in the order: 2x 10x 5x 3x 4x 8x (double 4s) 6x 7x 9x

sparklyma Mon 17-Feb-14 00:47:07

There are some great table games online too and agree with pp about doing division facts once they are confident multiplying.

TheVictorian Mon 17-Feb-14 01:09:55

Print off some times table charts and then help them with the maths and when they get stuck with the numbers they could use the times table charts to help them until they are confident with being able to do them.

My dad paid me 20p per table. That was in the eighties though, prices have probably gone up. I learnt them pretty rapidly after being offered the 20p deal.

Mon 17-Feb-14 01:30:28

For understanding the concept I just always explained that times means "groups of" in this instance. So 5x6, five groups of six.

At some point you've just got to memorize them though, at least I think. My teacher knocked them into our heads the year I was eight and it was really helpful.

YoureBeingASillyBilly Mon 17-Feb-14 01:40:35

My mum got me a tape with times tables in a song and thats the only way i remember them. Obviously that doesnt teach how to work it out but it means they recall the answer quickly when needed.

mathanxiety Mon 17-Feb-14 01:47:17

Flap books

This FABULOUS SITE. This made an enormous difference to my DD4, who struggles with math. I really recommend it.

For practice up to 6x6, use dice games. You multiply the numbers that come up when you cast two dice. Only do this when the child seems to be getting it. You can make your own dice for numbers 6x7 and above.

This is fun and will speed up homework.

We sang off the answers in school while the teacher tapped her foot to keep us all wrangled together in time.
E.g. 2,4,6,8,10.../8,16,24,32,40.../ 9,18,27,36,45... We were allowed to use fingers as we sang, so by 9x10 we had all ten fingers up. For 11 and 12 we used the full left and right hand.

mathanxiety Mon 17-Feb-14 01:48:48

I agree with Sparklyma's 'order of battle'.

Mon 17-Feb-14 21:13:53

counting in 2's (or 5's or 6s) is only part of the 2x table though.

My kids could rattle off 3,6,9,12,15, but ask them how much 4x3 was and they had to count up on their fingers, 3, 6, 9, 12, so no instant recall.

we have a penny jar. Every time anyone practices a times table (1-12, or a mixed up test from me) they get a penny in the jar, they quickly collect up money

Mon 17-Feb-14 21:17:59

Lots of practice on timestables games - google maths games - on the computer.

DS1 knows his really well and not just in order (that's the danger of just reciting them).

GertBySea Tue 18-Feb-14 01:48:49

I just received this on an email circular. Sorry if it's been covered already, but thought I'd just include it in case it helps.
Haven't read the whole thread as not up to that point with DC yet

http://www.kids-first.com.au/how-to-help-kids-learn-time-tables/

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