Discovery Multiplication Workshop
Learn and understand the times tables (0-13) easily!
This interactive workshop is designed to inspire children to learn their times tables, develop their number sense and build mental math skills using the following tools:
- Understanding Patterns
- Learning Math Strategies
- Learning Thinking Rules
- Learning Memorization Techniques
- Setting Goals
- Building Confidence
The Discovery Multiplication™ program combines music, games, and visuals to make learning more enjoyable.
Your Workshop Kit Includes:
- Music CD
- "Think It Out" Cards
- Strategy Reference Sheets
- Worksheets and Games
- Dice Set
The goal of this workshop is to build a solid foundation of basic math and thinking skills so that children can handle math problems with confidence. A clear understanding of how numbers work is a prerequisite to later success with math. This workshop provides children with thinking tools that can be applied to mental math and to other areas of learning at home and school. Parents are also given tools to coach their own children to build a good math foundation.
By the end of the session, children will have aquired the tools to successfully figure out all of the times tables from 0 to 13, because the focus is on "thinking out" the answers. Motivational tools and memorization techniques are supplied to promote speedy recall, but they are secondary to true understanding. Parents, teachers and students will be offered a variety of games, with templates and instructions, that make learning and practicing fun.
Workshop Length and Parent Involvement
There are several versions of this workshop:
- Parents or Teachers (2 hours)
This session teaches the program to parents and teachers for their use at home or at school.
- Child and Parent (6 hours)
When parents participate in the workshop with their children, they can reinforce the principles learned with home practice. Mom and Dad actually enjoy going back to the basics themselves; many comment that they have learned more than their kids! Parents also receive extra information, ideas and resources for inspiring math and general learning in their own homes.
- After School Program - Students Only (3 - 2 hour sessions)
This after-school or weekend workshop welcomes and encourages parental participation. Parents not attending should read through the manual and handout so they can help their children practice the methods at home.
Who Can Book This Workshop?
Anyone can book, as long as we have a minimum of six children at a similar level of math. We give workshops to groups of parents, schools, PACs, libraries and other organizations.
For example, as a parent, you might organize a small group of friends and host a workshop in your own home. (The host attends for free!) A school or PAC may wish to sponsor a day for families to attend in their school. Schools, libraries or continuing education programs can book a full day. Shortened versions can be given for an entertaining Family Math Night that will teach the basics.
Discovery Multiplication™ is now available as a self-directed Family Program or as a Teacher's Kit. (This includes a workbook, music CD, worksheets, games, dice, strategy sheets and "Think It Out" cards.)
Comments from Parents:
- "A fun workshop that really works!"
- "I didn't know multiplication could be this easy!"
- "Builds confidence and goal setting skills."
- "We loved the music and learning new math games."
- "I learned just as much as my daughter."
Prerequisite Level of Math Knowledge
Children attending should understand what multiplication is (grouping sets of numbers). They must be able to add and subtract on their fingers, and they will find the workshop easier if they can add and subtract easily in their heads or very comfortably on their fingers. It's ideal if they can skip-count by 2s, 5s and 10s. (This is usually taught in grades one to three, or at ages 6 to 8.)
Assess Your Child's Math Knowledge
Our program can be adapted for varying levels. The following are some questions you can ask your child so that we can determine his/her level and adapt the workshop accordingly.
- In what grade is your child?
- What is your child's age?
- Can your child skip-count by twos, threes, fives, tens? With ease, or slowly?
- Can your child add 4 + 8? Using fingers, or more quickly? If using fingers, does he or she "count on" the 4 (that is, start with 8 and add on the 4)?
- Can your child easily add 56 + 8? Using fingers, or more quickly?
- Can your child subtract 70 - 7? Using fingers, or more quickly?
- Does your child know that 3 x 4 means 3 groups of 4?
- Does your child know that 3 x 4 is the same as 4 x 3?
- How would your child figure out the total of the stars below? Would he or she add them up, or multiply them? Would he or she recognize the principle of groups?
- Does your child understand that there is a faster way of getting an answer than adding 5 + 5 + 5?
Remember, this is not a test. Math is learned in stages, and any child can excel in math when given the tools to succeed. These questions are merely meant to help us assess a child's level so that we can fashion the best workshop for him or her.
The following handouts will help parents who wish to work on skills before the workshop.
Level 1 Workshops
Math is like learning a language: the sooner you learn the basics, the easier it will be. Children at earlier levels of math skill can still benefit from the Discovery Multiplication™ program, because the workshop can be adapted to fit their level.
In general, it takes longer to go through the topics with younger children, because more terms and ideas are new. Younger children also take longer to discover the answers because they have not had as much experience with adding and subtracting. We always add more fun activities to hold their interest. The main thing you have to remember is never to discourage your child. Confidence is everything when learning math. You do not want children to become frustrated when doing the required addition and subtraction calculations.
For Level 1, I have adapted the basic workshop and discovered a great way to forestall frustration. We make it a fun time, getting the kids to help us teach their parents the program. They love making Mom and/or Dad think! When parents and children both learn the program and techniques to make math fun, they can practice together at home, at each childâ€™s own speed.