Fast Facts

Learning multiplication facts is an essential math skill to learn in elementary school.  In third grade, students begin to learn and memorize the factors between 0 and 12.  By fourth and fifth grade, they need to utilize those skills for higher level math problems including word problems, utilizing them with fraction-base problems, and algebra-based questions.  There are many things that you can do at home to help your child improve the speed and accuracy of their multiplication facts.

Fast Facts

One tried and true method is by using flash cards with your child to practice memorizing the facts.  The flash cards have one side with the problem and the opposite side with the solution.  You can either buy sets of flash cards for a few dollars or you can even print them from your computer and make them yourself.  Even more high-tech, you can download a flash card app like Awesome Flashcard Multiplication to your tablet computer.  You then practice with your child at home to learn the facts.

There are many online and app-based websites that also can be utilized for your child to practice their multiplication math skills.  The most popular apps are Rocket Math, Math Ninja, and Splash Math.  Each of these games is great for practicing multiplication facts as well as other math skills.  They have both gaming and practice programs to help encourage children to improve their abilities through game play.  In addition, Splash Math can be setup to send the parent a weekly update with progress on the app.  Some popular math websites include Fun 4 the Brain, Math Playground, and Multiplication.com.  There are also an abundant number of videos available made by teachers and other educational resources with tips, tricks, and even songs to remember the different facts.

Practicing with multiplication facts at home will help your child to be successful not only with simple multiplication problems, but will also build a good foundation for learning more difficult math concepts in the future.

Math Curriculum and Math Games by Smart Tutor

Article by Laura VanHellemont

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