Math: Mulitiplication Tips and Resources for Kids

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Math Know-How

For a lot of kids (including my own) the word math is a dirty four-letter word.  Rare is the child who begs their parents to let him or her stay up all night and work out math problems – I think those kids must live somewhere in Bizarro World – they certainly don’t live in my house.

In my experience math woes begin to arise right about the time multiplication is introduced.  I get a lot of hemming and hawing when it comes to working out those multiplication problems, but with a little patience and some good resources, learning how to multiply can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Here are some tips and resources to make learning multiplication fun and easy.

  • Invest in some multiplication flash cards (I purchased some at Walmart many years ago), or better yet, make them yourself with some index cards or cut up sheets of paper.
  • Write out multiplication problems on a sheet of paper or dry erase board for your child to practice. I find that my kids prefer to use the dry erase board to work out math problems as opposed to a plain sheet of paper – maybe it’s because they’re working on only a couple of problems at a time and therefore the task seems like less work.
  • Verbally quiz your children every once in a while by asking them multiplication problems.  We do this when we have to wait in the car or in doctors offices – it helps to pass the time, and the kids are learning.
  • Use worksheets and games to enhance the learning experience. Worksheets are a useful tool for learning multiplication, but it has been my experience that interactive games really do the trick when it comes to learning multiplication facts.  My kids love to play games anyway (as most kids do), and for reluctant math learners games are a great way to hide the fact that they’re learning.

Online Multiplication Resources:

What about you?  Do you have some great tips and tricks for getting your kids to learn multiplication?  Feel free to share them below. ;)

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What Would I Change About My Life?

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Here’s another one of Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop prompts.  Her workshop is totally awesome – definitely check it out. 

This week’s prompt – my choice anyway – What would you change about your life if you could?

What would I change about my life if I could?  Absolutely nothing.  That’s right, nothing.  I feel it is our experiences in life, both good and bad, that make us who we are.  I also maintain a firm belief in GOD, and know that everything that happens in this life is for a reason.  A stepping stone if you will, that leads us along our life’s path.  We cannot change the past, but we can learn from it.  Our experiences are valuable life lessons that help us grow in both mind and spirit – hopefully.  We just have to keep our hearts and our minds open, and live in the present moment instead of in the past.  The past is history, and history cannot be undone – it can only repeat itself if we’re not careful.

Peace. ;)

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