The Other Multiplication Games
Existing multiplication games* on the market can be interesting, and even fun for those who know the multiplication tables. This includes flashcards and all games that are exercises for kids to practice and improve their performance.
These games contain challenges and for those who have memorized the multiplication facts, there is much interest because it proves to themselves they really know them. Myself, I like to play with these games to measure my ability.
These games are not quite as fun for the students who have not learnt and memorized the multiplication facts. They have not yet reached that level.
The players of these math games are expected to perform like they already knew their tables even if they haven’t memorized them. It is almost as if we were expecting a child to learn to run before he could stand and be able to walk.
To master the multiplication facts is the same. When respecting the proper gradient steps of learning, the process happens naturally, and kids, instead of finding it difficult and annoying, will learn multiplication facts while having fun. Instead of being discouraged, their confidence is increasing, and without knowing it, they are developing an interest for numbers and arithmetic.
To Learn Multiplication Facts Step by Step
This is what I had in mind when I invented the educational game “Fun Times!”. Here are the three steps, in sequence, that bring the player to memorize the multiplication facts for good.
- Practice: Here, the student practices the table he has to learn. There is no time limit. As it is based on a solitaire game, when an error occurs, the game stops, the cards are repositioned and the game resumes with the question that was missed. The more he plays, the more the player realizes that his answering rate is getting better and better – more right answers in less time. When he has managed to answer a table 3 times in a row without error, it is time for him to go to the next step.
- Memorization: The purpose of this step is to go beyond the mental counting “trics” or the use of other vias to calculate, like using ones fingers. Here, the speed comes in. There is a timer to record one’s performance. It motivates the player to absolutely want to beat the clock by completing the table without any error within the time required. When he has managed to answer two rounds in a row without having any error and within 60 seconds, the game automatically switches to the 3rd and final stage.
- Certainty: This step helps the player to become utterly confident that he knows his multiplication facts by heart. This stage of the game contains exercises applied to the table he has just memorized. As you can see, this step comes last in the learning process.
When the sequence of these steps is followed, the students are not discouraged, but are motivated and are eager to complete each stage of the game – they willingly face and beat their own challenges.
At the end of the third step of the game, the players do exercises to prepare them for division equations, such as 4 x ? = 32. It is only then the students are ready for such exercises.
This method to learn multiplication facts is very practical and really works! This is well demonstrated in the numerous success testimonials I have been receiving.
Author of “Fun Times!” game
* Here is an example of a multiplication math game on the Internet that is fun and stimulating for the player who already knows well the multiplications facts: http://www.multiplication.com/games/play/flying-high.