Fun & Creative Ways To Master Multiplication

Oh Multiplication! How I remember the initial dread I had when my Mom told me I would have to learn them soon. Granted, I was home schooled at the time but I already knew that Multiplication was intimidating! Fortunately, my mother did find ways to help me overcome my fear of mastering all of the facts with a variety of products and most importantly consistency! Below are product suggestions that have been tried and true either from my experiences being a student to when I  tutored students in Math.

These items are found in-store at The Bookworm! Hopefully, these following product suggestions will help parents especially to those who are getting their child ready to master facts or trying to overcome the hardship of memorization of facts. 

Of course, a lot has changed when my Mom first opened the business as well as the products but what has continued to have staying power was a particular workbook I even had to use, Straight Forward Math-Multiplication from Garlic Press

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     This book started off from 0’s and up with each page having 100 problems! My Mom made incentives to encourage me and eventually she began to ‘time’ me. Before I knew it, I was able to complete one sheet of 100 problems in a minute! 

   Another product I would suggest (and I wished I had when I was in school) is Rock n’ Learn’s Multiplication Rap! 

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Along with learning with the Garlic Press Workbook, I had an ‘audio’ cassette that also had music but in Country. No offense to Country Music! It was catchy but not as catchy as this CD! I have had several students over the years who had trouble mastering facts but when we used this in class, I noticed a quick jump in how quick they were able to tell me answers when reviewing! It does come with a book so students can go along while listening to the CD. 

 

Learning Wrap Up’s Multiplication Manipulative

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This is especially great for students who are highly engaged in learning when using ‘hands-on’ activities. Each “key” has all the facts for, let’s say “2’s,” and the string allows them to match facts to answers. Once they complete “wrapping facts,” students can flip over the key and see if the string “matches” the groove  that is imprinted on the back of the key! It’s self-correcting and compact, and is perfect to put in a backpack, car, or take anywhere!

Emines-Rolln-Multiply-Game

Roll n’ Multiply involves strategy and reviewing facts!! It is like playing Tic-Tac-Toe only with a twist! This game gives the student the challenge of beating their opponent while learning his Multiplication facts at the same time!

Last but not least, MULTIPLICATION FLASHCARDS FROM SCHOOL ZONE.

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 Multiplication is essentially memorization. Flashcards are another great way to help concentrate and master with visuals. These are also great to take anywhere but can easily be made into a game! Using a timer and allowing a student to answer as many as they can is fun and exciting! Sometimes only focusing on the facts that students have yet to master can be accomplished with constant repetition.

We have other great items in-store and know that each child learns differently. Be sure to visit us and ask one of our friendly associates to help you get ready for Mastering Multiplication!

-Bookworm

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