tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-598841562237715955.post7011056728274826625..comments2024-07-30T01:27:13.300-07:00Comments on Almost Unschoolers: Learning Addition and Multiplication Facts With StoriesAn Almost Unschooling Momhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07784076035361200243noreply@blogger.comBlogger5125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-598841562237715955.post-75289150008632912662016-10-13T01:15:20.613-07:002016-10-13T01:15:20.613-07:00Thanks for this good comparison of these 2 books, ...Thanks for this good comparison of these 2 books, which are both very useful tools I use in my learning specialist practice. Math facts should be taught in more than one way, and either of these books are good tools. However, I don't agree that "if you can memorize a picture, you could probably just as easily memorize the original multiplication fact." The facts are purely abstract, and the pictures give something concrete to go with it. I don't recommend ONLY using a multiplication charts and patterns if your child is struggling because they are too abstract for some kids. Use charts, songs, games AND pictures if your child is struggling. <br /><br />I think the pictures in Liautaud's Times Tables the fun way are much better, and some kids really benefit from them, even though the characters are no longer the same in each stories (they are just random). I find the stories in Walker's Memorize in Minutes to be a bit tedious because he is tied to the characters for each number - probably why Liautaud decided not to do that in the 2nd book. Some kids like that the answers rhyme with something in the story ("denty floor" for 24) and some find that odd. Some kids prefer one or the other.<br /><br />I was astonished to find free downloads of Walker's stories at Multiplication.com. Liautuad has electronic download of a workbook with all the stories for a very reasonable price at CityCreek.com.Lisahttp://lisa4learning.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-598841562237715955.post-86113057263918098052011-01-06T17:02:45.667-08:002011-01-06T17:02:45.667-08:00Interesting post. I am using a lot of games with m...Interesting post. I am using a lot of games with my children to help them develop fluency with addition and subtraction facts. I recently found a website that has a continuum for addition and subtraction skills and this has helped me to understand the different stages children go through before mastery. The site also provides a lot of games and activities suited to each stage on the continuum (for free) which has been a great help! You can find the continuum and resources/games at:<br />http://www.k-5mathteachingresources.com/ECAM.htmlAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-598841562237715955.post-12902746545987003662010-07-06T09:48:09.427-07:002010-07-06T09:48:09.427-07:00Very interesting. We had special math notebooks in...Very interesting. We had special math notebooks in the former Soviet Union when I was going to school - square ruled. Each notebook had multiplication table printed out in the back. I stared at them so often than I memorized them just by sight, but I think I am in general visual learner. I will probably look at that addition book next year - I want to let Anna number sense form a bit better since she still adds everything through manipulative counting.Natalie PlanetSmartyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03531558038661679151noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-598841562237715955.post-27082306432482272322010-07-06T09:37:17.681-07:002010-07-06T09:37:17.681-07:00Thanks for this post Leah, Sammy's having a ha...Thanks for this post Leah, Sammy's having a hard time remembering times tables. I was all for buying the "Memorize in Minutes" book, but then I saw this comment. I think I'll go the cheap way and make a big poster of the "grid". Also, make a blank grid paper than I copy over and over for him to fill out. We're struggling to get his A Beka 3rd grade math book done, as I have gone back to correct and half of everything is wrong. I guess I'm bad teacher for not doing that sooner. Oh well, as I learned at the convention last weekend, it is VERY important to get the BASICS down before going any further. Hope you had a SMASHING 4th of July!!Marceehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/12855799171612264803noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-598841562237715955.post-89520711969027458452010-07-05T10:44:28.674-07:002010-07-05T10:44:28.674-07:00I got the multiplication version when one of stude...I got the multiplication version when one of students I tutored was having trouble with multiplication. It was cute and visual but it didn't help all that much. I have an old Times Tunes cassette tape and book which I hope to use. It includes 12 fun songs and hands-on activities. Also, using grid paper to "show" multiplication facts is useful as well as memorizing from a large chart on the wall. My grandmother made one for me and it was easy because I began to see patterns in it and realized once I had half of it memorized, the rest were just inverse of the others. So, in a way, I found my own shortcut. :) Instead of saying "2x2=4" I used to say, "2,2,4" "2,3,6" which eliminated an extra step. It worked for me so I'm planning to use that method once JC learned the concept behind multiplication. <br /><br />Thanks for sharing and linking up!Joyful Learnerhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06428785096597190176noreply@blogger.com