Free Ways to Teach Multiplication Facts

Learning multiplication facts can be a frustrating process for kids, and hiring private tutors or purchasing extra material can be expensive. Fortunately, there are free resources for teaching multiplication.

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Where to Find Free Methods for Teaching Multiplication

Your Child's School

A good place to begin looking for helpful resources is your child's school. In addition to possibly finding a number of free materials, you'll establish a relationship with the school and show that you want to work with them to help your child learn. The teacher or librarian may have extra supplies that you can use to teach multiplication facts. Your child's teacher might also recommend additional school or community resources.

The Internet

The biggest source of multiplication help is the Internet. You'll find websites that offer everything from free rhymes and rhythms to paper-and-pencil games you can print out. Other sites even have practice worksheets and puzzles.

On some sites, homeschooling parents give tips for teaching the multiplication table. Advice may include learning shortcuts that they've found helpful or links to other sites with free information.

YouTube.com has numerous videos that use music to teach multiplication. Video demonstrations of multiplication lessons also may be found at websites like DiscoveryEducation.com.

Many educational computer games are available for free online, such as those found at Multiplication.com. Interactive games cover multiplication at many levels.

Your Public Library

Find the names of helpful books for teaching multiplication on the Web, and then see if you can borrow them from your local library. The library can request books for you through interlibrary loan.

Your Imagination

Make your own aids for teaching the multiplication table, especially once your imagination has been stimulated by what you've seen on the Internet. Pick the brains of family members and friends to come up with more ideas. Everyone has had their own multiplication experiences - good and bad - from which they may have figured out ways that work for them. Just remember, all of the ideas you find in books or on the Internet have been made and refined by people just like you!

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