Success breeds success...

Start at a level the child can manage and allow them to move at their own pace, encouraged by their own success. The 1, 2, 5, and 10 times tables are generally considered the easiest to learn and it is most appropriate to start with these. Avoid the temptation to simply work through from 1 to 12 sequentially. This may seem logical, but it is not the most effective approach.

Teach the concept. Beginning with the 1 times tables may seem a bit redundant, but this might be a good place to explain the meaning of the multiplication equation: 1 x 5 means 1 group of 5 which of course is 5. Then, if you have 2 groups of 5 how many would you have?

Level #3: Study Individual Times Tables

Begin at Level #3 with 2 times tables to 5 in ordered sequence. Starting off with "Ordered" allows the child to see the progression. Click (or tap) the [?] at any time in Level #3 to show an interpretation of that particular equation--what it means and where it fits in the set of multiples for that number. Use of the correct terms: factors, product and multiples is encouraged.

Switch to "Random" when the child thinks they know the current level quite well. Random order requires more independent thinking and recall and is a better indicator of their readiness to move on.

Following this pattern (Ordered then Random), increase Factor 2 in small increments up to 9. When they achieve satisfactory or better in random order, consider moving to the next table: 5 times.

Continue working through each table in this manner. After 5 do 10, then 4, 8, 3, 6, 9 and finally 7.

In this level there is no pressure on the child to perform quickly. Allow them to work at their own pace, in a relaxed but focussed manner. Use the "Reset" button freely when they are unsure of the answer entered or have simply clicked a wrong key. The centre window in the top panel displays the child's ongoing percent score.

Level #2 and #1: Mastering the tables

These two levels are similar to each other except for the range. In these two levels points are shown in place of a percent score which is not displayed until the end of each set of 25 questions.

Each correct answer is awarded 100 points which continually count down as the "game" progresses. This challenges the child to respond quickly and, along with being fun--when they know their tables and have success--provides an excellent mental exercise as well as securing the facts for the long term.

CAUTION: Level #2 and #1 should not be used until the child is very comfortable with all the tables in that range. Otherwise, the added "time" element can lead to considerable frustration rather than the intended outcome of reinforcing their skill and improving their confidence and self-esteem.

IMPORTANT: Encourage and support, but avoid pressuring your child to do more than they are able at any given time. Resist any urge to offer treats or monetary "incentives" as these types of rewards only undermine the more important, highly motivating rewards of personal success and genuine praise.


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