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How do you teach timestables?

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ItsAKindOfRabbit Mon 19-Jan-15 21:18:33

We got a note in the school diary before christmas asking us to start practising timestables with our DC (yr 2).

We've done a bit with DD (who will be 7 in August) but she hates it and refuses to sit and learn it by rote so it's a real struggle (I've mixed it up with learning games/apps/interactive powerpoints - she still hates it).

All of the other parents I've spoken to seem to think it's no problem at all and their DC have just - I don't know, sat down and stared at the answers - and now know them.

Then last week they started testing them 20 questions at a time. DD got 5/20 last week and 4/20 this week wink

Any tips?

ItsAKindOfRabbit Mon 19-Jan-15 21:19:14

Sorry, I meant hmm not wink

Awakeagain Mon 19-Jan-15 21:38:00

What about a cd with songs on
That's how we do them (along other things)
Does she understand what the times tables mean?

eatyourveg Tue 20-Jan-15 07:49:34

I was going to say songs too

ladybyron Tue 20-Jan-15 09:07:24

As a former maths teacher at key stage 2, I would suggest that you also go over the number patterns e.g, 5, 10, 15, 20......3, 6, 9, 12 etc... do this forwards and backwards. Also, discuss patterns you can see, X 2, x 4 are all even numbers. It does take time, but with lots of encouragement and praise, you will see an improvement.

fleurdelacourt Tue 20-Jan-15 11:02:49

There are lots of Apps for phones and ipads and games on the internet. Just google and have a look through and find one that suits?

Mine are hooked and have their own records for each times table that they try to beat!

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