Dear Mrs. James,

Do you have any cool ways to practice multiplication facts?

Thanks,
Mindy Ely, Columbus

Dear Mrs. James,

Do you have any cool ways to practice multiplication facts?

Thanks,
Mindy Ely
Columbus

Hi Mindy,

Try this: Play the card game War with regular playing cards that have had the face cards and Jokers removed. Instead of the person with the highest card winning the draw, it's the person who says the multiplication fact the fastest. So, if you have a three and your child has a two, whoever says "six" first wins the draw and collects the book. Whoever has the most books at the end wins. It takes away the drill factor and adds some fun to it. Don't let your kids win either! Victory will be so much sweeter to them when they beat you!

Keep up the good work!

Love, Mrs. James

Dear Mrs. James,

My daughter is probably like an alien or something because she actually has liked math during all of her schooling. I know most kids hate it. However, she is in fourth grade now and I can see her starting to join the "I hate math" club. Well, I guess I can say she's considering joining it. Not quite there yet. I would like to think of things that I personally can do to save her from the "I hate math" club. I hope you answer my question.

Sincerely,
Marsha
Pickerington

Hi Marsha,

Keep up the good work!
Love, Mrs. James

Dear Mrs. James,

My son Michael is getting Fs on his math tests. Maybe a D on a good week. My wife and I are really concerned. His teacher says that he understands the concepts but continues to make big mistakes when he's showing his work. I can't understand how he can understand the concept but still get Fs. That's like a double negative isn't it? What can we do? We're discouraged.
Help!

Dustin Zimmer
Powell

Aw, Dustin! Don't be discouraged. We can totally turn this situation around! Totally. Based on my experience, I would guess that Michael is having trouble with his basic multiplication facts. When a math student knows the concepts but continues to get the answers wrong, this is usually the case. My solution is to start practicing basic multiplication facts with Michael on a daily basis. Use flashcards, online websites, or see my advice to Mindy Ely above. Whether he's working on multiplying fractions, scientific notation, algebraic equations, or even simple story problems, it is absolutely imperative that he be able to recall his multiplication facts quickly and accurately. I am positive that if he can improve on his multiplication facts, his test scores will begin to more accurately reflect his true knowledge of the material. Don't give up!

Keep up the good work!
Love, Mrs. James

Awesomely fabulous websites from Mrs. James:

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives http://nlvm.usu.edu/
Math Counts www.mathcounts.org
A Plus Math www.aplusmath.com
Need a Tutor? www.MrsJamesLearningClub.webs.com