When I set out to teach Kid #1 the multiplication table earlier this year, I thought it would be pretty easy to download one off the Internet. But it turns out that Kid #1 had specific needs that no amount of Googling could cover:
- I only wanted half the table, the parts that don’t repeat. For instance, 2×3 is the same as 3×2, so I didn’t want the 3×2 part. Kid #1 understood this and could use this rule to solve problems, but when memorizing the table the repeated parts just distracted him.
- The lines should be different colors so that his eyes can follow a line easily and not get confused.
- It should look fine printed out in black and white, since we don’t have a color printer.
- I wanted a version of the table that is empty, so that he can practice filling it in.
So eventually I decided to make my own, and voila! This is what it looks like:
Later I also added the column format for extra practice. You can download the PDF here: