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# Any one have kids who have trouble learning multiplication & division? Advice?

My 9 yr old son has auditory and visual processing disorder. He has the attention span (when it comes to homework) of a bug. He's not supposed to be made to do homework for more than 45 minutes at a time and needs frequent breaks during that time frame.
He's in 3rd grade and learning multiplication. He has mastered the 1x's table. That's it. I am frustrated and clueless on how to get this child to memorize these facts which he seems mentally unable to do.

Asked by Orionsgirl at 2:02 PM on Apr. 6, 2011 in Tweens (9-12)

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• Make it a game. there are cards for these...

Answer by older at 2:03 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

• Yes, we have the cards. And we finger paint on the sliding glass door, and we use shaving cream on the table to write in....
All the great suggestions that I have gotten from teachers that don't work.

Comment by Orionsgirl (original poster) at 2:04 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

• Make it a game, let him earn something do one set a night, 2's then review the night before 1s and 2s....

If you don't find a way to make it fun for him then he won't want to learn.... It obviously bores him, like most kids.

Answer by KFree907 at 2:05 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

• Yes, a reward might be a good incentive...

Answer by older at 2:07 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

• The problem with learning how to do multiplication and division is that there is no way to learn it - it is based on memorization only. My son struggled with this too; in fact, it was easier and quicker for him to calculate 6+6+6+6+6=30 than to memorize 6x5=30. Nothing else ever worked.

Answer by Anonymous at 3:12 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

• There is a website that helped my son so much.It is www.math.com.......They explain math in an easy way.And have math games too.

Answer by evelynwest at 3:41 PM on Apr. 6, 2011

• My DD has dittys that she says. The teacher gave her some stuff. It works.

Answer by Baby4us09 at 10:02 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

• I didn't finish reading beforeI posted sorry. I have a son in the same boat. He isn't learning his times tables yet. He is unable to learn them He is stil workingon adding and subtracting. I am sorry I feel for you and your son. Maybe letting him see them visually with like 6 flowers or legos and you do that like 5 times with 6 so he can visualize it. and the end result is the answer. Im sorry I don't know what I am going to do when I get to that point. My son is 10 and still doign addign and subtracting so I don't know when he will get to the tables. Your son sounds like a smart cookie tho. Otherwise he wouldn't know his ones. My son still gets confused. Ithought I would start teaching him those since they are easy.