http://www.mathwire.com http://www.jenuinetech.com Both are for grades K-5+, and they are the main websites online that promote hands-on math instruction with pictures of the student activities. They are amazingly helpful sites.

Which grade is he entering? I know a good method for learning multiplication tables if he is at that age. The hands-on definitely helps no matter what, though.

I teach 6th grade and have a few students each year who don't have their multiplication facts memorized. I'd love to hear your tips!

He's entering 4th and he understands higher order math stuff, but the rote memorization of math facts is very difficult.

There's patterns in multiplication that I teach my students. Have your child(ren) or student(s) write out multiplication facts in a 12 x 12 chart and see how patterns repeat throughout the chart (diagonally and throughout). The boy I tutored last year in my class was pretty fascinated by the patterns. He improved dramatically in math. -Four times tables- Products end in this pattern in the ones digits- 4, 8, 2, 6, 0. -Six times tables- Products end in this pattern in the ones digits- 6, 2, 8, 4, 0. -Eight times tables- Products end in this pattern in the ones digits- 8, 6, 4, 2, 0. -Twelve times tables- Products end in this pattern in the ones digits- 2, 4, 6, 8, 0, like the two times tables. Then of course the 9s rule is easy and neat. Here's some neat stuff- http://webhome.idirect.com/~stevk/multiplicationpatterns.pdf, http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/match/dragflip.asp?filename=ccarrollmpattern (multiplication with 0s) There's also this awesome book I discovered these patterns from online. I don't remember what it's called, though, but I'll try to find it.

Awesome . . . I'm going to have my recovery classes build tables this year I think . . . neat pattern idea. Thanks!

for math fact practice check out www.arcademicskillbuilders.com it has a lot of fun fact challenge games. Our principal purchased FasttMath last year. I liked it and so did the kids. I can't wait till the first wave of kids is through though to see if it really helped.

Ms. Jaztal, have you ever seen the Multiplication chart from the Montessori curriculum? http://www.infomontessori.com/mathematics/tables-of-arithmetic-multiplication-charts.htm It seems like this is what you're talking about. I have it printed out for my son to use when he's doing his math homework. It really helps. Here's what the division charts look like: http://www.montessorimaterials.org/Math/DivisionChart-Summary&Blank.pdf Thanks for your help! I'll definitely try your way.

Kind of. It's pestering me- the patterns are reviewed in this one book for maybe around 3rd grade that has clowns in it. I taught the patterns fine without the book, but I am curious if any of you know where the book is online so I can at least reference it.

Oh, this is it. I did a really strange search in Google and found it. I found it so fast after this last post... http://www.teachildmath.com/

Thanks for the great math sites, always looking for differentiated activities for my special ed students in class.

Wow! MathWire is amazing! Thanks for sharing - as a new teacher, this site will be very helpful. Easy, practical ideas... I love it.