Multiplication Strategies

Multiplication Fact Mastery is the single most important math skill that you can teach your child. It is the foundation to the majority of the higher order thinking math skills grades 2nd- 12th. Many of us want to help our children succeed in math class, but don’t feel we have the tools to do it. Common Core standards can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing to those of us who learned math differently than it is taught now.  However, the reality is once we get past math’s new look and vocabulary, it is still the same stuff we learned when we were in school. Below is a list of best practices that can help you help your child achieve Multiplication Fact mastery.

  1. Set goals with your child and create a chart or use a notebook to monitor progress. 
  2. Focus primarily on the facts that they need to learn.
  3. Keep it positive with praise, encouragement and enthusiasm.
  4. Demonstrate fluency with fast recall.
  5. Explain why it is important to become a master of multiplication facts.
  6. Explore, discuss and celebrate real life examples.
  7. Create or purchase flash cards for $1 at Target or Wal-Mart. 
  8. Orally quiz your child. It’s free and can be done anytime, anywhere.
  9. has a ton of practice and your child already has an account.
  10. Youtube has video flashcards.
  11. FlashToPass is a free flashcard smartphone app.
  12. Don’t forget to have fun spending quality time with your child.