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Dd's math teacher has requested that all students purchase/have flash cards for multiplication and division and that they review them as often as possible. While dd is doing well with the school work and homework, understands both math functions and always gets 100% on the tests, she isn't particularly speedy in completing the problems b/c she doesn't have all of the times tables memorized. I believe that the reason for the flash cards is to develop automatic recall of the times tables. (Dd is in 3rd grade, btw).<br><br>

I have to admit that I don't like flash cards and dd has a real block about them after a bad experience in first grade with a teacher who insisted that kids review sight word flash cards and addition facts flash cards (hundreds of cards btwn math and words) every night and required the kids to sign a contract agreeing to do so or she would keep them in at recess if they refused to sign it. Even if they knew all of the info, they were required to continue reviewing the same flash cards every night. Anyways, that's another story.<br><br>

I am wondering if any of you know of any different ways of memorizing the times tables for a child who doesn't necessarily learn well with flash cards and who shuts down with excessive repetition. As it is, she has over 400 math problems to do each week (the packet comes home on Monday and is due on Friday). I am loath to add more repetitive work on top of that. Dd is amazing at seeing abstract connections btwn items and is very visual but is not someone who does well when asked to just sit there and memorize a series of random facts. She needs to see the overall connection or pattern, not just memorize unrelated facts.<br><br>

Thank you