Making Multiplication Math Easy
InTabs is Bringing Learning to Life
My oldest child is 8 years old and in 3rd grade. This is the first year they are studying multiplication and division in class. Jasper is very good at math, and I actually started teaching him multiplication years ago after he inquired about a math question. He took to the concept immediately and used basic multiplication on and off up through this year. And while he can complete worksheets no problem, he has almost no instant recall when it comes to multiplication math. When I learned how beneficial instant recall is in math for one’s life skills, I was so glad to get InTabs to help all my kids learn this skill.
When Math Memorization is fun!
We recently learned that Jasper may be on the Autism Spectrum. He’s pretty fully-functioning, but it would explain a lot of his behaviors as well as his learning styles. So, having the InTabs (short for Interactive Tables) book has been incredibly beneficial for him to use. He can learn at his own pace, or I can work with him. He loves having to open each little door to check his answer. Including the kinesthetic learning into the book not only help retention of the equations and answers but helps him to better focus on his task. There are also visual patterns linking 12’s, 24’s, and 36’s with matching shapes. And while my younger two cannot fully grasp multiplication with those higher numbers yet, it’s easy for them to see these patterns and make connections.
For a long time now my kids love asking each other random math questions. It’s a sort of game for them. Now even the younger two can get started on multiplication. Developed at Oxford by a psychologist, the book is Special Education Needs friendly and even uses a Dyslexia Friendly font and colors. It has also been touted as an invaluable tool for kids with Dyscalculia, the mathematical form of Dyslexia.
As a parent, I am loving the InTabs multiplication math book for so many reasons. First off, my kids think it’s so fun to play with. And anything that makes my kids think learning is fun gets a stamp of approval in my book. Secondly, InTabs provides tons of lesson plans for teacher and parents alike. They have ideas for fun games to play, the best ways to use the book for the most effective learning, using it to gain money skills, and even ideas for younger pre-school age children to use to learn with it. There are just so many resources! They even have inexpensive toolboxes available for teachers to use in the classroom.
Backward and Forward, Inside and Out
There are so many ways one can use the book, and as a parent, it’s great to know it will stand up to years of use, and let’s face it, abuse, by kids. We love playing the matching pairs game with my younger two. My 5-year-old has quickly grasped that 3×4 will have the same answer as 4×3. Jasper still has trouble with the multiplication of higher numbers, so sometimes will simply focus on just the 11’s column. Or we play “Find the 12’s”, tracking down all of the hexagon shapes. We can go through and figure out which ones he doesn’t have instant recall of yet and open all of those doors to focus on studying those equations.
Great Info from the InTabs FAQ
Why do I need InTabs?
Research shows that pupils who struggle in Math are those who lack instant recall of the tables which is the building block for Math (for division, algebra, etc) in the same way ABC is to literacy (all the research is cited on website).
Why do kids need Math anyway?
Research shows that innumeracy is linked to poor wages, unemployment, social deprivation, crime, health and poor schooling (twice as likely to play truant and be excluded).
The book even comes with a standardized test. This is to not only test your child’s instant recall but also to prove that this method of learning and teaching works. If you find it doesn’t work you can return it for a full refund. The test has 5 random multiplication equations and you time how long it takes your child to answer each one. You then average the times out to get a mean time. Jasper’s starting mean time was 18.99 seconds. He was quicker with the lower number equations but struggled with the higher numbers. After 1 day of using the book that average time dropped to 3.8 seconds. 1 DAY! It was an incredible improvement, plus he loves using it!
A Discount for You
If you want to try InTabs yourself, the first 80 Powered by Mom readers can get your very own InTabs book at 25% off! Simply use the Discount Coupon Code: PBM25 HERE. You’ll apply it when you click on “Apply Coupon” on the website “Check Out” page. Enjoy! And comment below if it works as well for your children as it did for mine.
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