Learning your math times tables can be hard! Here's the way to help you find the method that suits your child best.
I will share:
Teaching tips from fellow homeschoolers
An amazing free e-book which shows you 295 ways of learning your times tables
Wonderful free times tables videos
Plus my own free printable
You'll find in here the resources you need to find the key which will unlock the mental block so you can make learning the times tables easy.
This is what Johnna posted in my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook support group:
Boy, can we all identify with that one!
So I asked members of the group to come up with suggestions. Thank you all.
There are some fantastic Math videos which really help and make your job much easier.
Let's start with Schoolhouse Rock.
Click here for Schoolhouse Rock.
Then there is the Khan Academy, which I rank as one of the most fantastic free resources for homeschooling families.
You will find free times tables videos on the Khan Academy together with interactive answer sheets.
I'm not the only one to realize that there are multiple ways of learning your times table!
This free non-profit site has produced a resource for schools which shows them all the different activities you can do to learn your maths times tables.
It's got tons in it, e.g.:
You can get it here
By now you can see there are lots of ways to learn your maths times tables, you just have to find the right one.
If you're struggling with the conventional method, try a tip learned from the Japanese.
I promise you don't have to be Japanese to understand it! But what it does show is that everyone's mind works in different ways.
Chris explains how it works really well in this video:
Let's start with a method that has worked really well with homeschooling math with my daughter:
Here is a brilliant explanation, plus a free pdf, which shows you how to use your fingers to learn the 6, 7, 8, and 9 times tables.
I have made you my own free printable to show you how to learn one of the hardest tables, the nines.
Give each finger a number value as above.
Fold down the finger you want to multiply by nine.
So fold down finger 3 if you want to multiply 3 x 9.
You can get my free nine times table tip printable here.
What's great is that you'll find there are lots of ways to learn your maths times tables!
Okay, so what if your kids are really struggling to learn their times tables?
Do you keep drilling on knowing this is an essential homeschool math skill, feeling increasingly frustrated while your kids can't see the point and find it all more and more boring?
Suzanne has got a great suggestion. Buy a math multiplication chart.
"My kids understood multiplication but struggled memorizing the multiplication chart. What I ended up doing is printing out a multiplication chart that they could use so that we could move past simple multiplication to other math which still used multiplication.
As they moved forward using the chart they slowly didn’t need it anymore. It was really helpful and removed the frustration."
~ Suzanne, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group
This chart (pictured above) has 500+ Amazon 5 star reviews.
So a multiplication chart might be just the reminder you need until your child can do it for themselves.
Games are always a good idea as you'll see when you look at all our pages on fun math activities! They are also great for learning your math times tables.
One way to make this work even better is to make your own.
So exciting to see how you can make the times tables mean something real.
I love the way Lilly has put in such creative touches to her game. If you get the answer wrong you have to skip your turn and go to the volcano cup. And you pass through a magical meadow, jump along rocks and eventually get to Hogwarts.
If you want more ideas about how you can make your own board games, here's my daughter's homeschool Warriors Monopoly:
You'll also find that doing something visual like making your own card game is a great way to learn homeschool math.
All kids are different, so you need to pick and choose to find what method works best with your child.
Also, you'll find sometimes your child just isn't ready to learn. I would try out some of the ideas on here and decide what works, but please don't panic if nothing does - they will learn their math times tables eventually, I promise!
But what about what everyone else thinks when your child STILL can't do their times tables? Jodi has this suggestion:
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