Each week, three of my children bring home something from school that they are to memorize by Friday. We get the obvious sight words and spelling lists. Then, as they get older, they work into vocabulary and poetry. That being said, the Mount Everest of elementary school memorization at our house, is multiplication tables.

What it is about memorizing multiplication tables that make my kids throw their pencil across the room and shout, “I hate math?” It is because, unlike spelling or vocabulary, numbers don’t create pictures for us. Multiplication tables are strings of seemingly random numbers that our children are expected to not only remember, but keep in order and in context with the numbers they are multiplying by.

I have seen a lot of kids quickly pass off their 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. These tables have an obvious pattern and are much easier to learn. Then there is a serious slow down as kids hit the 3’s, 4’s, and 6’s. By the time they get to the 7’s, 8’s, and 9’s they’ve decided that multiplication is way too hard, and math isn’t their thing.

Fortunately for me, a wonderful 3rd grade teacher gave us the solution. It helped that he was male, and my 8-year-old daughter had a major crush on him. She ate up every word that man said, so when he taught her to skip count to some familiar tunes she came home singing her math just for fun.

**What is Skip Counting?**

Skip counting is counting at intervals of whichever number you choose. For example, if I was to skip count by 7 I would count, 7, 14, 21… and so on. Using this method you can do single digit multiplication with ease. Say the teacher asks you to multiply 4 x 7 = __. You simply skip count 7’s, 4 times, 7, 14, 21, 28. The answer to 4 x 7 = 28.

That still leaves the problem of memorizing a string of numbers, and here’s where the magic is. Teach children to skip count to the tune of a simple song. Have you ever wondered why children can learn the lyrics to songs so easily? It is because music can be used as a Mnemonic device, that is a strategy to assist with memorization. If you can associate the numbers with the sounds in a song, the children will not only learn them faster, but retain them much longer than they would memorizing them exclusively through repetition.

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While there are several options out there for skip counting songs, my favorite are the skip counting songs to familiar children’s tunes. That way your child doesn’t have to worry about learning a tune, and can focus immediately on the numbers. My 8-year-old daughter was asked to learn her 8’s this week. After singing the song just 4 times she was already starting to skip count by herself and complete her homework on her own. I absolutely love it when my kids do homework on their own!!

So I’m sharing my secret, the one that will save you and your children many frustrating hours of memorization math homework. Here are the skip counting videos to music your kids already know. May your children become multiplication masters very soon!!

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I love this. You have saved me hours of practicing multiplication tables with flash cards!

Yay! That’s what I like to hear 🙂 This is way more fun, and much faster.

Math terrifies me, I was horrible at it as a kid and am no better as an adult. Lucky for me, my husband is awesome at math, so he will be able to coach our kids along. Maybe tools like this would have helped me when I was younger, because I struggled big time!

Isn’t it funny how we all have different sets of skills? It makes us need each other more.

What a great idea! I’m lucky to be past that stage with my boys but this would have definitely helped them.

It’s a pretty neat trick. I wish I would have had these songs when I was memorizing my multiplication tables.

I just saw this on pinterest, went through the songs on youtube with my kids and also shared the idea with a few other moms! AWESOME tip- THANK YOU! I’m curious if you have or ever considered making mp3 songs for them? I don’t let my kids go on youtube alone but they have simple mp3 players that I’ve loaded up with safe music and audio books. This would be the next thing I’m loading up! And if you haven’t, do you have any recommendations or know of other educators that have them?

Great question! That is actually in the works, and we hope to have a download of audio files available soon. We are also working on a new set of awesome educational songs you will want to add to that playlist, so stay tuned.

I will! Thank you! 🙂

I was always a real talent when it comes to math, so I hope my daughter will pick up that from me. She is still too little to tell, but I will definitely save this for later, really helpful 🙂

Awesome! I have some kids that find math easier than others. The great thing is that these songs work for all of them.

This is a great technique since all it really is is memorization. Thanks for posting the skip counting tactic and song! Awesome.

Thank you. I hope it helps. 🙂

Any suggestions for which tunes coordinate best with which numbers?

If you head on over to our YouTube channel, we have all of the songs recorded for you so you know exactly how they fit to the songs. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3q3mGmT0E3xxoaIXp8nMJA

Multiplying by nines (at least up to 10) is extremely simple. You can count it on your hands. Just hold both hands up in front of you, where your left pinky is 1 and your right pinky is 10. Then whatever you want to multiply by, put that finger down. So if you want to multiply by 3, you’d put your left middle finger (or the third finger from the left) down. On the left side of the space are 2 fingers and on the right side are 7. 9×3=27 This works for every finger, up to ten.

My kids love that trick too. Thanks for sharing!!

Clever. I use a pattern myself- a little more complicated, however I learned them about 70 years ago and do not really need these other methods. As a teacher of many decades ago, however I recognize that all children and people do not learn in the same way and an alternative method may be just what some need.

Isn’t it great that there are so many options for learning things. I love it!

This is stupid. It’s easier to just remember the tables. Flash cards

I’m sorry you’re not a fan. My kids found this infinitely preferable to flash cards, but if cards work better for you, go for it.

Everyone learns differently, sorry you don’t see the diversity in the multiple ways of teaching 🙁

Love the songs! Do you happen to have a printout of each song? I’d love to show the videos along with having the printout for students to take home.

I don’t yet, but I will see if I can get that together for you. That would be a great take home for students!

Danica, we now have the sheet music ready to download. Yay! You can find it at this link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Skip-Counting-Song-Sheet-Music-Set-Multiplication-Made-Easy-2073198.

You’re amazing! Thank you so much!!!!!

Ahh, thank you!! I hope the videos help.

I need to save this for later when my kids are a little older because I can foresee this being very helpful!!

This is really awesome. This will save me making charts and sticking them on doors,cupboards and places where my second grader can see and learn. I am sure this will be fun too. Thanks for sharing.

I wish I had found this website 5 hours ago! We tried every trick and tip I knew of and even the ones I had never heard of. Then I stumbled across your pin and praise the lord. My daughter learned your song quickly and mastered her flash cards in under 25sec. Thank you so much!

Yay! I’m so happy for you. Thank you for taking the time to share your story. It makes all the time we spent on this feel so very worth it. 🙂

We sing the alphabet to remember it. When I taught our 3 kid the Multiplication tables I wrote all the tables on paper and had the kids cross off all the ones that they knew; (the easy ones). After they eliminated all the easy ones; I also eliminated the ones that cold be recited either way like 3×7 & 7×3. After I did that there were very few tables left to remember. Those few that were left… I told my kids to make a song for each of those to remember them. Like sing 6×8 = 48. Kids are good at making up songs! It only took about a week and they had Aced it!

Love it! Songs are such an amazing way to memorize things, and I appreciate that we use them so much with little kids. I wish we could use them more often in the upper grades too. My daughter’s 6th grade science teacher did that last year, and it was awesome!

We used the schoolhouse rock songs to help our son memorize his multiplication tables. Same concept, just different songs. I’ll have to listen to these and compare them. Thanks.

Those sound fun too. I haven’t had a chance to try them yet, but they seem to have some great songs. One of my favorite things about these songs is that all of the kids already know the tunes. It’s a simple matter of putting the number sequences to them, and they’re done. I love that we have so many great options for learning. Very cool!

I love the videos you made! I was wondering if you could email me the videos so I can create a DVD with them for my class.

Unfortunately I can’t send you the files, but we are hoping to have audio files and video ready to publish soon.