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The Key to learning times tables is frequent repetition, regular revision. 5 to 10 minutes every day is better than an hour a week. A poster on the wall that is not used is simply wall paper. Here are some ideas to help your child memorise their multiplication and division facts.
When beginning to learn a times table this is key. Repeatedly reading a times table out aloud will help your child become familiar with the multiples for that times table. Try and keep a rhythm, changing vocabulary regularly (two times three is six, two threes are six, two lots of three are six etc.) Clapping or marching may help with keeping the rhythm going.
Make a set of cards for the times table being learnt by putting a question on one side of the card (6 x 5 =) and the answer on the reverse (30). Go through the cards reading the question and then turning over to see the answer. Try and say the answer before you turn over. When familiar with the multiplication table, the cards can then be shuffled and used in a random order.
3. Testing and Timing
Make this fun. When your child has become more confident at learning a particular times table, ask them questions on it and see how many they can get correct in a particular time. Alternatively write some questions out of order and get them to time how long it takes to complete the questions. Can they beat their time and score?
Bingo is a great way of learning times tables as a family. Write 6 multiples from a particular times table down in a grid and the caller reads out questions from the same multiplication table.
Rolling dice and multiplying the numbers together is a good way to compete with each other to get the correct answer first. Two dice can be rolled at once to create all questions up to 12 x 12. A similar game can be created with playing cards where two cards are chosen and their values multiplied together. The Jack, Queen and King need to be 11, 12 and 0.
To help with division, each player chooses and writes down five of the following numbers: 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 15, 20, 30, 40 and 50. Take it in turns to roll a dice and if the number you roll is a factor of one of your numbers, cross it out. E.g. if a 4 is rolled it goes into 8 so cross out 8. If 1 is rolled, you miss a go; if 6 is rolled you get an extra turn. The winner crosses all of their numbers out first.
5. Online Resources
There are many free multiplication and division games available online. Just use the search engine to uncover them all. Here are a few places to get you started:
www.coolmath-games.com http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/Mathmagician/mathsmulti.html http://www.transum.org/Tables/Times_Tables.asp
Many apps also exist for smart phones and tablets. Many of these are free to download. Search in the App store or on Google Play. Ibooks can also be helpful such as Carol Vorderman Maths Made Easy Times Tables.
6. Quick Questions Anywhere!
A few questions here and there are much better than hundreds in one go.
on the way to school
in advert breaks
whilst getting dressed
a few before bed