I had one of those moments recently with my third grader. He does not appear to have his facts memorized. Please note that he has completed daily lessons with Facts First. This child should know his math facts. We were all tired of having him ask us what they are.
So this is my plan. I am sharing it in case you are having one of those moments with your child.
Please note: this speech is more for you than your child. I personally felt empowered.
2. I told him he would be now be taking timed tests every few days. I printed out several times tables ahead of time, and put them in a folder. That way I would be able to present them on a moment's notice. Here is another set, and an online multiplication speed test as well.
I am copying the following from About.com for you.
The best way to learn the multiplication facts is by one fact family at a time. Always begin with the 2's, the 5's and the 10's, when these are mastered, move to the squares (sometimes referred to as the doubles) which are 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5, 6x6. Then move to the remaining fact familes, 4,6,7, 8 and 9. Never start with random facts. Do not provide random fact sheets until there is a strong comfort level with the fact families. Practicing random facts rarely leads to permanent learning. Stick with the above strategy and students are more apt to learn the multiplication facts.
3. I printed out another multiplication chart that we would color in when we mastered each fact family.
I realize this is not rocket science and you probably already know this. But, I just wanted to share my renewal plan with you. I will keep you updated on how it goes. So far just having the table printed out has made me much less aggravated,and has put the responsibility back on him. I am hoping he will tire of looking them up on the chart and begin to memorize them.
Enjoy your week,