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Times Tables - best app/websites?(33 Posts)
Hi all, i'm keen to get my guys practising their tables more.
Anyone got any good apps or websites that you use?
Timez Attack (inspite of the irritating spelling)
Like a 'proper' video game and just as addictive It's free although you can pay to upgrade.
Lots of repetition, tests, etc.
Squeebles apps are very good. Whole range of maths apps, not just times tables, and both my dds like them.
Squeebles here as well. They are great and DD actually wants to practice.
We also love their maths bingo as it is good for addition, substraction and division as well.
They are worth every penny and a lot better than some of the free apps we tried.
timez attack is fab.
and Percy parker for in the car
Tables master is simple but good
Percy Parker is also good.
If the school is on Mathletics, live Mathletics is fab!
squeebles app and percy parker CD here both highly recommended.
Use 'aps' etc, by all means, but it is also important children UNDERSTAND maths, and not only 'memorize' it, so I always suggest this:
Practical things are best for grasping number concepts - bricks, Lego, beads, counters, money, shapes, weights, measuring, cooking.
Do adding, taking away, multiplication (repeated addition), division (sharing), using REAL OBJECTS as just 'numbers' can be too abstract for some children.
Number Bonds of Ten forms the basis of much maths work, so try to learn them. Using Lego or something similar, use a LOT of bricks (of just TWO colours, if you have enough) lay them out so the pattern can be seen of one colour INCREASING while the other colour DECREASES. Lay them down, or build up like steps.
ten of one colour none of other
nine of one colour one of other
eight of one colour two of other
seven of one colour three of other
then of course, the sides are equal at 5 and 5; after which the colours 'swap over' as to increasing/decreasing.
To learn TABLES, do them in groups that have a relationship, thus:
x2, x4, x8
x3, x6, x12
5 and 10 are easy
7 and 9 are rather harder.
Starting with TWO times TABLE, I always say: "Imagine the class is lining up in pairs; each child will have a partner, if there is an EVEN number in the class. If one child is left without a partner, then the number is ODD, because an odd one is left out."
Use Lego bricks again, lay them out in a column of 2 wide to learn 2x table. Go half way down the column, and move half the bricks up, so that now the column is 4 bricks wide. That gives the start of 4x table.
Then do similar things with 3x and 6x.
With 5x, try and count in 'fives', and notice the relationship with 'ten' - they will alternate, ending in 5 then 10.
It is important to try and UNDERSTAND the relationships between numbers, and not just learn them 'by rote'.
I am sorry it seems complicated trying to explain these concepts, but using Lego or counters should make understanding easier.
An inexpensive solar powered calculator (no battery to run out!) can help learn tables by 'repeated addition'. So: enter 2+2 and press = to give 4. KEEP PRESSING = and it should add on 2 each time, giving 2 times table.
There are good web sites, which can be fun to use :
Just to say I second Timez Attack as a useful game to really get practicing - and also good visual aids to understanding multiplication is multiple additions.
I'd add there are some free websites that are great:
Woodlands Junior school Maths Zone has links under multiplication to lots of good games: resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/
Multiplication dot com: www.multiplication.com/
I'd also add for newbies to multiplcation - maths champs games: www.mathschamps.co.uk/#home - they've split them across age ranges - but the games are a lot of fun.
cut out a load of cards, 12 colours, 1 for each table
chop each coloured card up into 12 playing card sizes ..ish
write on each eg
3x7 on one side and the answer on the other
so you can test dc on each set of tables
in order or in a random order
and then when the big day comes juggle the whole lot up
nice and homemadish and it works
worked for mine and have now passed on the cards
I don't think the grids that kids are sent home from school with work and invariably they are in order so all they do is go 2,4,6,8,10.... down a column
I think learning by rote is the best way
TT Rockstars is what we use at school...timed tests, and a rock music theme ( you can do the tests to music!) play against others, join a leaderboard etc!
Agree with jamdonut. Massive progress in my kids with times table rockstars.
This is a great app where low times are used as incentive to keep practicing
I would recommend Table Fables online. It is wonderful approach as an alternative way to remember your times tables. The cartoons are addictive and lead to effortless learning as they just get remembered. Great approach that more people should know about
Really recommend Table Fables - my daughter loves it and does it all on her own!!
Table fables genuinely worked wonders for my daughter who turned nine-years-old in July. Another mother recommended it, and I was a little weary of introducing her to the iPad too soon. But, it has a been a great find - and suited her naturally competitive temperament to a tee. Instant answers, chances to go back and correct, rewards! She was in heaven and I genuinely had my work cut out to get her to stop after 15 minutes each day. Within a month, she had mastered the multiplication and division tables completely. She picked it all up very quickly. I can whole-heartedly recommend it. We have one very confident maths geek on our hands now.
We did the free trial of Table Fables a few months ago, but what really got my 8YO’s attention (I’m afraid to say) was the lure of £110 if he did the 17-Day Challenge. We stumbled on this offer mid-August, the point in the holidays when all interest in homework had evaporated, and he then did his tables every day, even on his birthday! I got a nice holiday from the nagging.
The fables really stick. Three weeks on, I’ve just asked him: “If I say 9 x 8, what do you see in your mind?” And he’s replied:
“The 9 is a giraffe, and the 8 is snowman. So the 8 is used to doing ski jumps, and the 9 is a giraffe from Africa so it’s not. The snowman goes first on the ski jump, and it goes 7 metres, and the giraffe goes only 2 metres. The 7 and the 2 make 72.”
I would recommend Table Fables to anyone whose child is struggling to learn their times tables and who is finding rational explanations (eg, you know 10 x 8 is 80, so 9 x 8 must be 80 minus 8, mustn’t it?!) aren’t sinking in.
He was the second child to complete the 17-Day Challenge and win £110 (£10 from Table Fables and £100 from Nimbl). He is thrilled to have a Nimbl account with a debit card. He loves flashing the plastic, but is equally so pleased with his whopping bank balance that he’s hardly spending it very carefully. Thanks to Table Fables and Nimbl for such a generous prize.
We heard about Table Fables from my daughter's new teacher, who thought the animations would appeal to her love of stories, and she was right. After doing the original 17 day challenge she was very keen to do the consecutive day challenge to get her Nimbl card. Table Fables really engaged her and helped her confidence in her times tables over the space of only a few weeks.
I cannot recommend table fables highly enough both our daughters have dyslexia and trouble retaining times tables has been an enduring feature of this, every method we tried to try help them learn failed until this, the speed at my youngest suddenly grasped and retained her times tables was incredible, maths is now so much easier and she can rattle of divisions off just as easily, the confidence that she has gained is remarkable and I’m constantly recommending it to my friends and to their teachers,
Table Fables has been a lot of fun and I was amazed how committed my daughter became, always reminding me that she had to do her daily practice, a first for us! It is on a lap top, win! and the bonus of a prize at the end was the clinch! Genius Table Fables thank you!