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Good ways of practising times tables

(7 Posts)
Wed 12-Oct-11 09:31:02

What are the best way of learning and practising times tables? We are rather stuck in just chanting / testing them with DD1 (Y4) but I keep thinking there must be more creative ways . . .

bigTillyMint Wed 12-Oct-11 10:02:07

We had a sing-along times tables CD - played it alot in the car. I can still sing the 7x table

Practising daily adnauseum is the way to go!

cmgjh Wed 12-Oct-11 13:01:18

If she likes computer games then Timez Attack and Tux of Math Command are both really good - I use them both extensively with my Y4 class. Also good because Tux is free and Timez Attack has a free version so you haven't wasted money if she doesn't like them!

LongWayRound Wed 12-Oct-11 13:12:05

I remember from primary school (and that's going back a VERY long time now) drawing 10 by 10 grids on lined or squared paper, numbering the squares 1 to 100, and then colouring in the numbers in each "times table". For the 3 times table, you colour in squares 3, 6, 9 etc, and you get a series of diagonals: and so on. Each table gives you a different pattern, straight lines for the 2 and 5 times, diagonals for the 3 and 9, offset for others... It obviously fascinated me so much that I can still remember it but maybe I was a weird kid <worried>

UsAndTwo Wed 12-Oct-11 18:35:07

My DS was very anti-learning times tables to start with in year 2 so we played catch every night with us alternating saying the next number in the times tables as we go along eg me 1x2 is 2 throw the ball to him, him 2x2 is 4 throw the ball to me etc and then swapping so he started 1x2 etc. It meant it was more fun for him (anything involving a ball!!!). Now in year 4 he can do 50 multiplication sums (for times tables 1-10) in 2 mins.

Wed 12-Oct-11 20:28:18

Some good ideas here - thanks.

Wed 12-Oct-11 21:49:19

Google Moonmaths and use this for a bit. It is a favourite morning filler in my class!

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