Multiplication Facts and Times Table Workshop

for Multiplication Table Mastery

If your kids struggle with basic multiplication facts, then this workshop is for you! We'll work through a strategic, conceptual approach to multiplication facts in a way that makes your students feel challenged and working to their full potential! We'll focus on quick recall and a solid understanding of what multiplication means in order to retain those facts.  

Parent Prep: Print out the Workbook

Print out only what you need and stick it in a binder so your student can find the right pages quickly and easily. If your student is already familiar with some of the multiplication table, have them recite to you verbally (or written) the math facts that they already know, and then mark off the Multiplication Table in the workbook as shown in the video. This way, they understand where they still need work and can focus on just that area of the workbook.

Step 1: Watch the Math Lesson

Let's learn how to use the workbook and learn the facts about each number in a strategic order (watch the math lesson live or recorded). After you watch the lesson for the specific number, select a workbook page from the appropriate section to start in on. 

Step 2: Do the Workbook Pages

Now it's your turn! Select the page that corresponds to the video you just watched, and complete 1-2 pages each day. (Hint: the workbook is not meant to be completed in one session!) Use the personal tracker at the front to keep track of the pages you've completed as you work through it, step by step.

Step 3: Learn from Mistakes

A teacher once shared that 'MATH' stands for Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen. And she's right! Students are going to correct their own work using the answer key provided, and once they understand what went wrong, they can try the next workbook page or redo the one they were just working on. If they feel stuck, have them go back and re-watch the corresponding video until it becomes clear. Make good use of Multiplication Flash Cards in conjunction with the workbook until your student is familiar with every number on that table!

Progress, NOT Perfection.

(Parents - this is for you.)

Students that are hyper-focused on perfection often find it hard to move forward because they are too worried about making mistakes. The truth is, we learn more from mistakes than we do from getting things "right". Students that don't feel they have the freedom to make mistakes will become paralyzed and stop making progress altogether. 

Instead, focus on what the student IS doing well . What area they are making specific progress in (even if it's not the area were expecting)? You can reward their efforts by noticing their progress with simple "I notice..." statements, such as:

  • "I notice you finished that worksheet 2 minutes faster than the last one."
  • "I noticed you got #3 correct - how did you know that this was the right answer?"
  • "I notice that you smile more when you do your math work."

Simple, truthful statements that let your student know how you are aware that they are working hard and you are acknowledging their efforts, especially if they don't feel confident in their own abilities yet. 

Parents! Give your child the wiggle room they need to feel that mistakes are part of learning. Kids need to know the goal is to learn from all experiences, not just getting the "right" answer. (There is so much more going on than what shows up on a sheet of paper.)

It's less important to know what your student already knows (this changes daily), and a LOT more important to understand what your student is capable of knowing (this points to their future). 

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