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Goodies for teachers and all

Just a few items of interest: 1) Math Goodies CD from www.MathGoodies.com has been updated earlier this year; I got to see it, and updated my review of the CD . It's full of good math lessons with interactive exercises, printable worksheets, crossword puzzles and more. 2) I've added a free online equation editor to my site. This would be most useful for teachers or others who write math content and need images for complex symbols and math expressions. 3) Those of us who use math a lot might also enjoy a free calculator/graphing program called SpeQ Mathematics . You can type complex expressions into it, define variables to be used in later calculations, and make plots.

Mnemonic helps for multiplication tables?

Someone once wrote to me, ...regarding my third grader. We are still slogging through learning the times tables. To liven it up, I decided to order Times Tales (I ordered the deluxe version that includes division as well). I have read different opinions about using mnemonic devices to learn math facts. Some say that mnemonic devices actually slow the student down, and one even went as far to say it was like counting on fingers. I don't want to use Times Tales if it's going to slow her down, and I do want to make sure she knows her math facts cold. I, myself, remember I didn't know 8x8=64 in seventh grade, and I just figured it in my head, 8+8=16, 16+16=32, 32+32=64 -- 8x8=64. I did this until I realized how slow I was and decided to commit the facts I didn't know to memory. What do you think about Times Tales and other "helps" for math facts? Mnemonic helps in themselves are not bad. We use them all the time, in everyday life situations. Say you

Help for house cleaning with kids

This is a special offer for May only: Trigger Memory Systems is offering a FREE Bedroom Cleaning For Kids Clean N' Flip (a \$7.95 value) if you buy either their Times Tales Deluxe OR Zone Cleaning For Kids Clean N' Flip. Times Tales Deluxe is a collection of short stories that provides a mnemonic aid to learn the upper multiplication tables. The "Deluxe" means that the book has story/picture pages for corresponding division facts as well. Zone Cleaning For Kids Clean N' Flip is a fun & unique system designed to help children visually and systematically work through cleaning the three main rooms of a house independently, and with ease. Bedroom Cleaning For Kids Clean N' Flip is a sturdy, spiral bound, 8.5" X 5.5" flipchart that walks children quickly and easily through the process of cleaning their room. It takes an overwhelming process and breaks it down into simple parts. Complete a step and flip the page. -> Buy a Times Tales Deluxe OR