I don't want to start an argument, and I know how many of you are against math drills and that is okay! In fact, I hate drilling math. BUT.... Supposedly a third grader (by the end of the year) should be able to do 30 multiplication problems in a minute. My son can only do about 40 in 5 minutes (so 8 a minute roughly). Now, when they are not on a sheet of paper or when they are part of a bigger problem, he can do math mentally and pretty quickly.
Last year our evaluator gave him a short, timed math test and I have a feeling she will do so again this year. I want him to be ready because timed-tests make him cry.
Anyway, we are beginning to work on drills a bit at a time. Does anyone have any cool game websites that we can use?
UPDATE: We have been practicing these timed drills for a week now. He has moved from getting 22 problems in 5 minutes to (this morning) exactly double! He did 44 correct in 5 minutes! YAY!
Plus we found a few helpful games:
At sheppherdsoftware.com we found a game called pop up multiplication which you can choose exactly the facts you are having problems with (in Zave's case the 7's and 8's): http://sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/popup/popup_multiplication.htm
and we found germs multiplication and germs math mashup that are both pretty fun!