Pragmatic Mom was slow to get her oldest to master multiplication facts. By the middle of third grade, my daughter was tested weekly on multiplication; times twos, times five and times ten were not so hard but then all of a sudden, we had a week to learn x3, then another week for x4, and on and on. Yikes. A fast way to learn multiplication was in order. Luckily, my mom friend was a third grade teacher. She found that some children learn very effortlessly though song. These are the skipcounting songs that she taught in her classroom. Although, my daughter wasn’t that excited to sing these songs, hearing them sung incessantly helped her to master multiplication, and these songs work even better for division.
Skip Counting Songs to Learn Multiplication (and Division)
Times 8 — This is best song. Sing to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”
8, 16, 24, 32….40!
48, 56, 64….72!
8 times 10 equals 80, 8 times 11 equals 88, and 8 times 12 is 96…. Hurrah! Hurrah!
Times 7 – Sing to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (which incidentally is the same tune as the ABC song)
7, 14, 21
28, 35, 42
49, 56, 63, 70
7, 14, 21
28, 35, 42
Times 4 – Sing to tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
4, 8, 12, 16
20, 24
28, 32, 36, and 40
44, 48
Times 6 Sing to tune of “The Star Spangled Banner”
6, 12, 18 24
30, 36
42, 48, 54….60
Times 3 – Sing to tune of “Oh My Darlin’ Clementine”
3, 6, 9
12, 15
18 and 21
24, 27, 30 and 33.
Multiplying by 9’s Digit Trick
This link is great because it has great visuals:
http://www.wikihow.com/Rememberthe9’sinMultiplicationUsingYourHands
Spread out your hands in front of you. Make sure that all ten fingers are showing.
From the left, count as many fingers as the number you want to multiply nine with. Say you want to multiply nine by four. Count four fingers from the left and then put the fourth finger down.
Count the fingers to the left of the folded finger. In this example, there are three. This is the first digit of your answer. Write it down.
Count the fingers to the right of the folded finger. In this example, there are six. This is the second digit of the answer. Write it down to the right of the number you wrote down in the previous step. In this case, the number will now read 36 or thirtysix.
There you go! You have the answer to the multiplication problem.
More examples using this method

1
One multiplied by nine.

2
Two multiplied by nine.

3
Three multiplied by nine.

4
Four multiplied by nine.

5
Five multiplied by nine.

6
Six multiplied by nine.

7
Seven multiplied by nine.

8
Eight multiplied by nine.

9
Nine multiplied by nine.

10
Now, almost everyone knows what 9×10 is. 9×10=90
8 x 8 Math Fact Rhyme
Her teacher taught the class this rhyme that has enabled her 4 yearold brother to master this one math fact (8 x 8):
I ate and I ate until I threw up on the floor,
so 8 times 8 is 64!
Pragmatic Mom also likes flash cards. The easy way is just to sort cards by what your child knows, and focus on the cards that s/he is learning. Another slightly more fun way is to pick all the cards out of a box and if you know the card you take it out, if not, put it back. Keep doing it until the box is empty.
Free and Fun Multiplication Math Games
My 4th grade daughter’s teacher sent home these math games. She plays them daily and she loves them! Games 2 and 3 are her favorite!
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