Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Making Math Fun

"J" has always done well in math, and this year is really no different - with one exception. He stubbornly refuses to learn his multiplication facts. He has the memory of an elephant, so we know it is a matter of not wanting to learn them. However, multiplication is the basis of most of his math from here on out, so we need to get them memorized, and I have been on a hunt for fun new ways to do that. One resource I found is a series of books by Greg Tang. The Grapes of Math book teaches multiplication tricks and methods using bright colors and fun rhymes. We did it after dinner last night and J loved it. I really recommend these books as a fun way to engage your child in multiplication. We also bought the Zoom multiplication game as a different take on the usual flashcards. Our goal is that he knows these facts before summer begins, and to do it as painlessly as possible.

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