Learn how to painlessly teach 3rd grade multiplication and other math facts so kids remember them for life. Math can be fun – even when you’re memorizing!
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Teaching Math Facts: 3rd Grade Multiplication
How did you learn math facts? I remember going through flash cards and timed tests. Both methods are effective, but I think I would have preferred Page A Day Math’s low key approach.
How Does Page A Day Math Work?
Page A Day Math is brilliantly simple! We received the Page A Day Math Multiplication kit to review. Here’s what you get in that kit.
The books feel like soft cover picture books – that same lovely glossy finish. They are also smaller than your standard workbook, making them easier to throw in a bag as an on-the-go activity. They also feel much less overwhelming to children this way. Times tables are divided across books, making it easy for your child to track their progress through the times tables.
Seven-year-old Anna was immediately attracted to the cute and colorful illustrations. She finds the tracing mesmerizing, and would often go on to complete more than one page once she got started. I loved this relaxed feel to learning times tables; my own childhood memories generally feel stressful if sometimes exciting when I was trying to beat a sibling.
The books are designed to be completed in order. Anna wanted to work through them randomly, and I was fine with that. She’s still getting the repetition she needs to learn her math facts!
Do I Recommend Page A Day Math?
I’m happy to say that I do recommend this math curriculum product! My 7-year-old daughter will be adding this to her daily homeschool work this fall. It’s the perfect supplement to our standard math curriculum, which teaches mathematical thinking beautifully but does not help children memorize math facts. This is a math fact fluency curriculum that is designed to work alongside your standard math curriculum.
More than Tracing
We loved these tracing based math books, but there are more Page A Day Math products! Besides the math tracing books, you’ll find multiplication flash cards and math facts assessment sheets. You can still use those timeless math facts memorization tactics from your childhood; this is a new method to add on.
The site also features cursive and handwriting workbooks. The handwriting packs are themed around topics, like sports, music, eating, science. So your child develops fine motor skills alongside their vocabulary while tracing.
All of the math kits come with flash cards, assessments, two handwriting books, and a progress tracker.
Page A Day Math Discount
Use code mathsuccess15 for 15% off an order for the months of June and July.
Page A Day Math Giveaway
Valid June 1 to July 21, 2020. 1 winner gets her choice of math kit (preK, addition, or multiplication). Valid only for USA addresses; must be 18 years old or older to enter. This giveaway is run and fulfilled by Page A Day Math.
More Tips for Teaching Math Facts
Here are a few more tips for painlessly teaching your child math facts:
- Keep it fun. You want your child to enjoy math.
- Pay attention to your child’s preferences. Some kids LOVE a competitive approach. Others find competitions stressful.
- Practice math facts in different places throughout the day/week/year. There is evidence that brains retain more when they memorize information in different locations.
- Remember that memorization takes time. It’s normal for your child to remember some math facts one day and forget the next. If your child can’t remember any facts, however, it’s important to get them evaluated to rule out other invisible learning disabilities that may be holding them back.
- Encourage your child to track their own growth rather than compare themselves to others. This helps children develop a growth mindset.
My Math Story
I sat down with Page a Day Math founder Janice Marks to talk about my own personal math story. You can watch this interview here:
What are your favorite ways to teach math facts? How do you teach 3rd grade multiplication facts? Have you tried using Page A Day Math? What did you think?
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