While teaching kids with learning disabilities in Las Vegas, I became convinced of the tremendous power of music as a learning aid. Students who had difficulty with rote memorization seemed especially to benefit from musical mnemonic devices.
My process for teaching kids to easily compute multiplication facts is simple and twofold:
- Teach kids how to skip-count (count by multiples)
- Teach kids how to multiply using skip-counting
In order to teach my kids how to skip-count, I created several funky songs to that end. They may be listened to, downloaded and shared freely*: Skip-counting songs
And here is my method for teaching the songs and how to multiply using skip-counting: Instructions (pdf)
I will periodically add more songs, so stay ‘tuned’ (Har!).
*provided you don’t turn around and sell them, etc. Full terms of the license found here.