My son can't memorize his times table -- help!

@sebab315 (108)
Philippines
February 26, 2007 10:02pm CST
anyone here who can give me advice on how to motivate and help my 8-year old son to memorize his multiplication (times) table? his math was a breeze until multiplication was introduced. i've taught him the concepts & principles. but he really has a hard time memorizing. any creative ideas??
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• Philippines
27 Feb 07
It is possible that the reason for this is because he doesn't have a grasp as to what the times tables is about and what it is for. Explain to him what 1x1, 1x2, 2x1, 2x4, etc. means, what it connotes, what is its value in true to life scenarios, maybe more, and his interest shall be perked up. You will agree with me that a thing becomes more interesting if we have some ideas as to its role and importance in our lives.
@sebab315 (108)
• Philippines
27 Feb 07
yeah, i guess im teaching it to him in a way which confuses him more. i think i have to make him appreciate it first and change my methodology so that his interest will be perked up, as what you said. thanks! :-)
• United States
28 Feb 07
There's a neat trick for the 9's. You hold your hands in front of you and for 1x9, fold down your first finger (farthest to the left). You have 9 fingers standing, so 1x9=9. For 2x9, you hold down the second finger only. So you have 1 finger on the left and 8 fingers on the right...2x9=18. 3x9, hold down the 3rd finger and you have 2 fingers on the left and 7 on the right, or 3x9=27. And so forth up to 9x10=90 (nine fingers on the left, none on the right). Memorization just requires repeated exposure. If your son could memorize addition and subtraction tables he'll eventually master multiplication. Just give him time and lots of practice!
@sebab315 (108)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
wow neat trick! thanks! do u have tricks for other numbers as well? lol. :-)
@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
27 Feb 07
Sorry I can't help you with a fix but I could never do that either when I was at school, I have a dreadful memory for numbers, I just never solved the problem,it can make things hard so I hope you find a solution...good luck
@sebab315 (108)
• Philippines
27 Feb 07
me, too. i guess i just have to learn to simplify it for him first. thanks anyway. :-)