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Securing Multiplication Facts
Why it’s important?
From Teaching Mastery of Multiplication: http://www.fastertimestables.com/timestablesarereallyimportant/
Other Articles to consider:
http://www.fastertimestables.com/timestablesarereallyimportant/
http://childparenting.about.com/od/schoollearning/a/learningmultiplicationmemorizationortricks.htm
Learning, understanding, or knowing basic multiplication facts allows students to easily identify connections between numbers. This, we call number sense. It is essential in the development of fractions and higher level concepts in math. In class, if we are studying simplifying fractions, knowing the multiplication facts will allow them to quickly see the connections. While teaching area or volume of a figure, a student may be so consumed with “What is 6 x 7” that they are missing out on the big idea of area.
Mr. Larry Cummins
How to do it ?
If a student has not secured their multiplication facts through 10 by age 10, it may not be easy, but for your child’s sake, you need to persist. See the chart below for possible ideas.
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More Involved for Parents

Flash Cards
http://resources.woodlandsjunior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/tricks.html

While driving in the car, call out basic multiplication facts through 10 x 10.

Do an online search for websites that track/time a person’s multiplication facts. There are many out there.

With your child, draw arrays to conceptually develop the fact that multiplication is simply repeated addition. Search online for arrays: Images
If your child is a visual learner, this will be beneficial.

www.multiplication.com/resources/onlinetestsandquizzes

www.dadsworksheets.com/worksheets/multiplication.html

Having students write the multiplication facts through 100. Starting with 1 x 1=1, 1 x 2 = 2, 1 x 3 = 3, ……leading to 1 x 9=9, 2 x 9=18, 3 x 9 = 27…. Through 10 x 10 = 100. This should be completed repetitively until they have fluency.
This can be painful, but it is effective.

www.fun4thebrain.com/quizzes.html

If you use this list and find other resources to be helpful, please email those resources to Mr. Larry Cummins at lcummins@berea.k12.oh.us
By all means, the internet is a great resource, don’t let the list above stop you!!!!!!