Math: Mulitiplication Tips and Resources for Kids

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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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YouTube – T-Shirt Folder – Creative New Idea, DIY Project

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As I was perusing You Tube the other day looking for some cool  green-themed videos, I came across this really creative DIY T-shirt folder tutorial.  I must admit the music is a bit annoying – it’s like some ancient 80′s video game throwback tune – but the project idea is really great.  I’ve seen this concept before on a certain well-known shopping network, and always thought it might be something I’d like to try.  I was always reluctant to purchase one, however, because (a) I didn’t want to spend money on something that wasn’t a real necessity, and (b) I didn’t want to buy yet another item made of plastic and have to have it shipped out to me as well.  This DIY project on the other hand, incorporates two of my favorite things:  recycling and frugality.  I’m sure my kids will enjoy making this project, and maybe, just maybe, they will turn into children that like to see their clothes neatly folded and put away.  But then again, that may be too much to ask from a few pieces of cardboard put together with some double-sided tape.  Check it out, and if you make this one  please feel free to leave a comment about it.  :)

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