Our 3 Most Highly Effective Resources for Learning Math Facts
Memorizing math facts can be a dry and tedious process. The good news is there are techniques to remember fact families and multiplication facts efficiently while having a good time! In my time teaching in the classroom and also homeschooling my children, I have seen the effectiveness of the following memorization strategies: storytelling, visualization, association, and rhyming. There are several others, but these are the foundational strategies used in our top 3 most highly effective resources for learning math facts. Here are our favorite resources (in no particular order):
1. Times Tales
Times Tales is a story-based way to teach the multiplication facts for the 3’s, 4’s, 6’s, 7’s, 8’s, and 9’s. The adorable tales include characters for each of the numbers). It is adorable how visually the characters looks like the number they represent. The interaction between the characters is a representation of a multiplication fact. For example, Mrs. Week (the number 7) sat on a chair (the number 4), and caught 2 fish and 8 trout. This is a story for 7 x 4 = 28. The story is much more memorable than trying to repeat 7 x 4 = 28 until it “sticks.” My 6-year-old and 4-year-old LOVED watching the stories on the Times Tales DVD and looking through the stories on the accompanying flip book. Read our full review here.
2. Times Tables the Fun Way!
Times Tables the Fun Way uses stories and songs to teach the multiplication facts from 0-9. The Times Alive! is the online version where the child can listen to the story, learn the accompanying song, and complete an activity to reinforce the multiplication fact. This program uses characters as well to represent each number. The structure is very similar to Times Tales, which is why we also found this to be entertaining and extremely effective to learn the times tables. Read more
City Creek Press also created Addition the Fun Way, which uses the same method to learn addition facts. We love both versions because it makes combines math with story time. My children and I love curling up together to read stories, so it does not feel like we are sitting at a desk completing worksheets all of the time.
What It Comes With:
- a Parent/Teacher Guide
- Rhyming Cards
- Activity Book
- Add – Subtract Rhyming CD
- Memory Tips for Math (chock-full of strategies to memorize many other math concepts)
Method of Teaching and Learning
Memory Joggers’ effective teaching methods include the use of:
- and visualization through pictures
Associating context with the fact families allows students to recall them much more quickly, to retain them longer, while having a fun time learning math. It is a contrast to rote memorization by repeating numbers in your head or out loud until it is learned. The use of rhyme and stories help to solidify the information because it is made more meaningful to the student.
As a former classroom teacher and a current homeschool parent to early elementary students, I see the success firsthand of tying stories and rhyme to learning. Yates created a thorough step-by-step program to support students with varying multiple intelligences. Each system is clear to understand and execute. It is simple enough implement in the classroom and at home with minimal prep, making it very convenient for busy educators and parents.
The Addition & Subtraction Learning System focus on the rhythm and rhyme of stories paired with visuals. Associations and rhymes are effective ways for the brain to remember information.
How We Used it
Addition & Subtraction Learning System:
My children and I worked with two rhymes each week, as recommended. To memorize the addition and subtraction fact families, we first listened to the rhyme on the provided CD. Then the kids say it out loud while clapping the pattern. Finally, we flip the Rhyming Card to show the image corresponding to the fact family. The process was repeated a few times to practice. My kids were enthralled with this system, that they wanted to push forward to hear more fact families in one sitting! It was wonderful to see their motivation. It was advised to make it fun and silly. We did just that to keep the kids engaged. To reinforce the facts, the students then write the corresponding rhyme in the Activity Book.
Where This Can Be Used
Both Addition & Subtraction and Multiplication & Division Learning Systems are flexible for classroom, homeschool, and individual student’s use. The Activity Book, Rhyming Cards, Story Cards, and CD are portable to take on the go as well. My kids and I listen to the Addition & Subtraction Rhyming CD in the car or we can even review the rhymes while folding laundry together.
I like how Memory Joggers targets different learning modalities: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. It uses techniques based on brain-research and proven successful learning strategies. It also blends math with language arts skills. In addition, I appreciate its user-friendliness and implementation of strategies that are engaging for learners.
If your child enjoys stories, rhymes, and using visuals for learning, these three resources are perfect to learn math facts! It would have been neat having access to these wonderful tools as a child, but I am thankful that I at least have the opportunity to review the facts with my children using these effective and fun resources.