We use Singapore Math for our math curriculum. We have always used Singapore math for our math curriculum. I really love Singapore Math. Really, I do.
OK, so we’ll drill. But I found out early on that my son that can sniff out extra work like a bloodhound does NOT do drill well. I tried timed tests to make it like a fun game. Those made him nervous. Writing multiplication tables? Forget it! These methods made my life miserable. Yes, I know, there are definitely some character issues that need to be dealt with. We do work on those and the Lord gives me windows of encouragement enough to keep me from total despair. But I digress.
To teach his multiplication tables I took some time away from Singapore and used 10 Days to Multiplication Mastery.
That didn’t work very well either. It wasn’t that he couldn’t do his multiplication tables or that he didn’t understand multiplication. It was just that he wasn’t very quick.
Did I mention that my husband values speed? He is of the persuasion that math facts should be instantly spit out. This is also the man that memorized all the nations and capitals of the world for fun. But I digress again.
So, basically I quit. I decided he knew his multiplication facts. He’ll practice them as he uses them. It’s good enough. Math got better. He was still somewhat slow in computation, but he seemed to be getting it.
But yesterday we were doing a review lesson in my beloved Singapore Math. It was so terrible. He really hates the review lessons not because of the review per se, but because they’re in the textbook and he has to write on a separate piece of paper. After a couple of hours to do about 10 problems, I checked his work and about half were wrong. The kid actually argued with me that 8X8 is 68 and that’s how he had learned it. So today I pulled out the multiplication flashcards because it was obvious that my no-drill philosophy was failing. However, when I went through the flash cards he got them all right and with reasonable speed. Huh?
Now I’m not sure what to do. I think I’ll continue with the flash cards daily to see if his speed will increase. He didn’t complain so at least that wasn’t so bad.
At least my days are never boring!