Math Facts

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Math Facts
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Mon, 07-19-2010 - 11:47am

I've been trying to help my nearly 8 year old master multiplication facts for many months now. I'll admit to some lack of dedication in the beginning, but we've been working pretty diligently this summer, and it's just not sticking. Anyone have a program, plan, process that worked well?

TIA
Mary

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In reply to: atomic_girl
Mon, 07-19-2010 - 1:07pm

Not much advice, just some love. My daughter really struggled with this too. It was funny, because she could *count* by 8s (or whatever): 8, 16, 24, 32, 40 but if I asked her what 4x8 was, she would shut down.

It took constant reinforcing, coaching, presenting the information different ways and keeping on her, both at home and at school and it took a long time. Finally, at the end of 4th grade, she came home with a little "math achievement award" I asked her what it was for? "Math facts" she answered. That was the LAST answer I expected. But sure enough, DS and I grilled her and she knew her stuff.

So it may take longer than you expect (and I had originally expected DD to be a little Einstein on this stuff like her brother had been) but he will get there in the end.

-Paula

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-Paula

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In reply to: atomic_girl
Mon, 07-19-2010 - 4:06pm

Heh, my 8yo isn't the least bit interested in

                                

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In reply to: atomic_girl
Mon, 07-19-2010 - 7:30pm
I agree with Paula. Lots of repetition and presenting the facts in lots of different ways worked for us. Ds has working memory issues so all memorization takes him much longer than an NT kid. Writing the facts down, flash cards, games on the Internet, multiplication rap on his IPod shuffle and some twist and shout multiplication game all helped in their own way.
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In reply to: atomic_girl
Tue, 07-20-2010 - 9:58am

Dang. That's what I was afraid of. I was hoping there was something I was missing. I'm constantly surprised at the different ability levels across her academics. I expected it other places, but not in her school work, for some reason. It always surprises me when she sails through some material that I expect to be difficult, but then stops cold for 9 months on a task that seems relatively easy for me.

Thank you. We will keep plugging away.

Mary

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In reply to: atomic_girl
Tue, 07-20-2010 - 3:40pm
Ours is going into 3rd grade and has an unusual school situation, where this is pretty much the normal progression. The school is half classroom taught, and half home school. Because of sensory and attentional issues, she gets most of her serious instruction at home, although she's first exposed to material at school, and we follow the school's curriculum. Most of the time it works well, but this sort of thing makes me in over my head.
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In reply to: atomic_girl
Tue, 07-20-2010 - 3:44pm

Thank you. We'll keep working at it. She's pretty good with memorizing words (lines for a play, a poem) and facts about her interest of the moment. However, the math stuff is always tricky. I'm pretty sure she never learned the "addition facts", but instead figured out how to count quickly. Now that I think about I might try having her type out all the "problems" using words and see if that helps.

Thanks again,
Mary

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In reply to: atomic_girl
Tue, 07-20-2010 - 7:01pm

You need Times Tables the Fun Way. I found it online when my dyslexic dd could not get the times tables and it helped my aspie son too. There are stories for each one and a visual aid. Like for example, the one I remember the most was the two brothers who were sixes walking through the desert and they became very "thirsty-sixes" = thirty-six.

It really worked well for my kids - it's online somewhere, try googling times tables the fun way. (Amazon has it, or you can get it directly from city creek press).

PS (I am also a math instructor, so it comes recommended in more ways than one - and no, I don't own stock in the company...LOL)
Good luck,

Terri, mom of 14.5 yo triplets in 9th grade - ds w/ AS, 1 dd/ dyslexia and 1 dd gifted
Terri, mom of 12.5 yo triplets in 7th grade - ds w/ AS, 1 dd/ dyslexia and 1 dd gifted
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In reply to: atomic_girl
Thu, 07-22-2010 - 10:03pm

We bought a handheld electronic game called "Flashmaster". It is used to learn math facts and it has sounds and you can try and beat your "score" and it is fun. It doesn't feel like they are doing "school" but playing a game.


It is a little pricey...I think it was about $35, but was worth it for us.

Katy

Katy   Blessed mom of 6 girls, youngest Sarah born May '07 with hypotonia, vertical nystagmus, developmental delays

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In reply to: atomic_girl
Fri, 07-23-2010 - 12:59am

I've heard good things about a game that can be bought called Timez Attack. My DS tried the free levels and liked it, but we went with the Math Blaster game for his age group (which he, of course, didn't like) and I didn't want to spend more money on educational games so we didn't end up ordering it. Here's a link to a site where it can be ordered and which also offers a trailer:

http://www.bigbrainz.com/

Here's the page with the pricing guide:

http://www.bigbrainz.com/Pricing.php

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In reply to: atomic_girl
Sun, 07-25-2010 - 10:21am

We tried that! Unfortunately it set off her vestibular system and she got nauseous pretty quickly. She likes her computer games more static (civ iv, zoo tycoon). I have had some luck with another game that's more puzzle like, but I can't remember the name. Something to do with Zeus, because mythology was her thing most of last year.

Mary

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