Multiplication is one of the first brick walls that students hit when trying to learn math. Addition and subtraction come easily enough, but as soon as a multiplication table comes into play and memorization is tested, many students find themselves struggling more and more.
Outside of drills and worksheets, there haven’t been many options available to parents and teachers who want to help their students along.
Not every child can work strictly with memorization drills to understand multiplication, and if they can’t get past the 10×10 multiplication table, they will become frustrated with math altogether, maybe for the rest of their lives.
Even the White House is encouraging people to learn math earlier. So some clever minds have been at work thinking of great ways to use multimedia tools to teach multiplication.
Multiplication Made Easy
If you’re looking for creative ways to help your young learner get a firm grasp on the times tables – we’ve got you covered!
Here are two Educents favorites that are great in and out of the classroom!
Ditch The Multiplication Table
Have you heard about Times Tales? It’s one of our most popular items, and with 70 reviews it has a five-star average rating!
Times Tales is an interactive animated DVD that teaches kids the upper times tables without memorization. Students can simply follow along with the entertaining story. As they progress, they’ll be guided into associating the stories they’ve learned with real math.
“I was so excited to receive this DVD, but I was not prepared for how wonderful it would be! Few things exceed expectations in the way this learning tool did. I purchased it as a reinforcement tool for my middle schooler and she has really benefitted from it. As an added bonus, my preschooler is also well on his way to learning his multiplication facts, too!” – Lacey F on Times Tales via Educents
Times Tales is fun, funny, and easy to follow. Students who will benefit from this DVD range from 1st graders who want to get ahead, to 5th graders who need some reinforcement and even children with special needs. Times Tales uses cute, simple stories to provide students with a “memory peg”, allowing them to quickly recall otherwise abstract facts.
In just one hour, children as young as 5 will be able to recite upper times table equations without understanding the technical skills. This achieves the same thing that memorization drills do, but Times Tales is far less likely to leave your child behind.
A Different Kind of Flash Card
If you’re looking for something more traditional, but no less fun, why not check out Memory Joggers? Memory Joggers uses the same core principle as Times Tales, but with a twist. Like Times Tales, the Memory Joggers Multiplication and Division Basic Sets use visual guides to tell stories that will help children know their time’s tables.
These are so easy and fun to use. The stories they put with the problems are entertaining and easy to remember. My four year old granddaughter can remember the story and the problem along with the answer even though she doesn’t understand multiplication yet. She is already telling her teacher at school that she’s learning her times tables. – Angela E on Memory Joggers via Educents
Each number is assigned a character, and each of the high-quality cards features a visual guide with drawings on the front and a story on the back. The stories use rhymes and humor to make it, so children easily remember the result of what happens when the two numbers meet.
Memory Joggers was developed by a retired elementary school teacher with a Masters degree in Education. You can purchase just the multiplication & division cards, or the whole multiplication and division set which includes the following:
- Multiplication & Division 0-9 Story Cards [25 colorful cards]
- Multiplication & Division 0-9 Activity Book [66-page book]
- Multiplication & Division 0-9 Parent/Teacher Guide [16-page book]
- Multiply and Divide By 10, 11, 12 Story Cards [17 cards]
- Multiply and Divide by 10, 11, 12 Activity Book [20-page book]
- Multiply and Divide by 10, 11, 12 Parent/Teacher Guide25
This product is great for 2nd-4th-grade students. It’s good for parents, teachers, homeschoolers, and parents of children with special needs! Times Tales and Memory Joggers are two great products that work great together to help your child break past the barrier of the multiplication table, and really understand multiplication.
Additional Multiplication Resources
WILD Multiplication, Factors 0-5 – This fun Uno-inspired math game teaches students the first few factors.