Times Table Misery
Here are a few ideas of how to help your child learn their times tables. Be sure to scroll down to the cool nine times tables finger trick video.
See the eight times tables trick here.
This does not have to be so. Learning times tables can be fun and parents can make it enjoyable,entertaining and interactive. Parents should not see learning times table as a chore that their child has to do on their own, learn with them. Yes, you may know them already but practise with your child and you can become more proficient whilst helping them. This method works, as children will feel more at ease and not mind making mistakes if you join in with them.
Teach Your Child some Times Tables Tricks
9 times tables trick
Place your hands in front of you. All ten fingers.
If you want to do 9 times 3. Put down your 3rd finger
The two fingers before it are read as tens. So you have two tens in front of the third finger which equates to 20.
The fingers after the 3rd finger are read as units. So you have 7 units after the third finger.
So there is have it 3 times 9 = 27.
Download – Free times tables worksheets here.
Another trick for the 9 times table for older kids:
See another nine times tables trick and a video here - it is slightly easier then this one
Each first number of the multiples of the nine times tables is one back from the number other than the nine that you are multiplying.
9 times 6 is 54 (5 is one back from 6)
9 times 8 is 72 ( 7 is one back from the
The second number is the number subtracted from ten.
9 times 6 is 54 ( 10 subtract 6 is ’4′)
9 times 8 is 72 (10 subtract 8 is ’2′)
5 times tables trick
For this trick children need to learn their doubles first and halves first.
If you half an even the number that is being multiplied by 5 and add a zero you will get the answer.
5 times 8 = 40 (half of 8 is 4. Add a zero to the 4 and you get 40)
5 times 12 = 60 ( half of 12 is 6. Add a zero to the 6 and you get 60)
For odd numbers, you just remove the decimal point.
5 times 7 is 35. (half of 7 is 3.5. Remove the decimal point and you get 35)
5 times 9 is 45 (half of 9 is 4.5. Remove the decimal point and you get 45)
BBC Gridmaths - This is an online game that children love. They get to practice their times table skills, either against the clock or without. They can slect to use a grid which gives them answers to select from or play without the grid. Children love this game and it can be played over and over until they master their times tables.
Download conventional paper based times tables drill sheets from this site here. Here you have times tables questions repeated on each sheet. There are over 40 questions on each times table sheet. They can try and beat their score each time. They can either try a combination of times tables or you can select one particular times table.
Buy some times tables games. They are numerous times tables games available. I list some below. Again this is fun as it means you are interacting with your child and learning with them instead of constantly testing them.