Homeschooling: Multilpication Printable

While I'm still trying to finish the tutorial I promised about a week ago (I know, I know, I need to hurry up!!!) I thought I would share with you a printable I made for my daughter who is struggling to memorize her multiplication facts.

For KK this is the first year for her to do homeschool. She was in public school last year and I was thoroughly unimpressed with the math skills she was learning in the 3rd and 4th grade. I noticed that she was being given a multiplication chart to use on her assignments. I also noticed this happening when I was a teacher's aide a few years ago in the same grades (4th &5th). They were handed multiplication charts and allowed to use them on most assignments. Given, the students would have to fill out the multiplication charts on occasion, but to me it was obvious that for some students this was not helping to memorize the facts.

I feel like this approach to multiplication is not getting the job done, at least not for KK.

I also struggled with multiplication when I was her age and so I thought back to when I was in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and tried to remember how I was taught to remember my facts. I remembered my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Edwards, who was a sweet kind and loving teacher. She truly loved teaching and genuinely cared about helping me. I thought about how she taught multiplication and I recalled her using these sheets for doing speed drills.


They were made of construction paper that was laminated and then strips were cut out below the facts. It's kind of hard to explain so here is an example:

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Now, obviously, mine are not laminated. I do not have access to a laminator. But, if you are like me, and don't have access to one, you can get some of those laminating sheets from the office supply section of your local superstore. They are sticky plastic sheets that you press together on either sides of your paper. I plan on doing that soon.

I have made a printable template you can use to make your own!

{DOWNLOAD MULTIPLICATION PRINTABLE HERE}

All you have to do is print the template on construction paper, then fill it out with the multiplication facts of your choice. I choose to do one sheet for each multiple. Example: one sheet for multiplying 3's, one for 4's, one for 5's, and so on. I didn't do the 1's, 2's, 5's, or 10's, since she already knows those.





Then you will cut out strips under the facts {as labeled on printable} so your child can write their answers on a separate sheet of paper.

I did each sheet once on a seperate sheet of paper and then flipped it over and wrote the answers on the back of the construction paper sheet. That way when your child is done he/she can flip the card over and check their own work:


To start out I would not set a certain time, but I would see how long it take for them to finish one sheet. Then next time I would have them try to beat their time until they are able to get one done in only a few minutes. I think 1-2 minutes would be the goal. If you are doing one in 1.5 minutes you are only spending less than a second on each problem. and if they are getting them correct I would safely say that they have mastered that multiple. It's still good to have them go over it every once in a while though so they don't forget it!



I hope you can use this in your home class room and it helps any of your little ones who might be struggling with their multiplication.

Have a blessed day,



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