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Dad’s Eight Simple Rules for Mastering the Times Tables

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If you have memorized your addition facts, you can master the entire multiplication table in minutes by learning the eight simple rules below. You only need to memorize the ten facts in Rule #8! Follow the link at the bottom for the full strategy!

Rule #1:

First Number Times Second Number is the Same as Second Number Times First Number

Rule #2:

Any Number Times One is that Number.

Rule #3:

To Multiply by Ten, Attach a Zero.

Rule #4:

To Multiply by Two, Double the Number

Rule #5:

Multiplying by Four is Doubling Twice (Double-Double Rule)

Rule #6:

Multiplying by Five is Just Counting by Five

Rule #7:

The Nine Rule – Tens is Number Minus One, Ones is Nine Minus Tens

Rule #8:

Memorize the Ten Remaining Facts

3 x 3 = 9 Three times three is so fine,
three times three is nine.
3 x 6 = 18 Three times my bird ate six beans, three times six is eighteen.
3 x 7 = 21 Three candies each for seven days, that would be fun, three times seven is twenty-one.
3 x 8 = 24 Three boys on skates fell on the floor, three times eight is twenty-four.
6 x 6 = 36 Six dogs with six sticks, six times six is thirty-six.
6 x 7 = 42 Sticks from heaven, stuck in glue, six times seven is forty-two!
6 x 8 = 48 What do we appreciate? Six times eight is forty-eight!

Flight Six Times Eight! Don’t be late! Leaving at gate forty-eight!

7 x 7 = 49 Seven kids in seven lines, add ’em, up its forty-nine.
7 x 8 = 56 Five – six – seven – eight, Fifty-six is seven times eight.
Seven packs of gum, each with eight sticks. Can you chew fifty-six?
8 x 8 = 64 Eight times eight is sixty-four, close your mouth and shut the door!
Had two eights, dropped them on the floor, picked them up, had sixty-four.

Eight Simple Rules for Mastering Multiplication: The Full Strategy!

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  1. Thanks! Your worksheets are extremely helpful!

    Comment by Stephanie — July 14, 2011 @ 8:24 am

  2. Thank you so much for your website. I am in a math intervention class in middle school and your worksheets have been a life saver for me. Thanks for making them free and so useful. I look weekly to see what has been added. Thanks again for making my life so much easier.

    Comment by Judy — August 22, 2011 @ 7:07 am

  3. Awesome! I love this website. It has been so helpful for my son who needs all the practice he can get. And your strategies are so easy for any age to use and remember.

    Comment by Precise — September 25, 2011 @ 9:10 am

  4. Glad to help, Precise!

    Comment by admin — September 25, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

  5. I LOVE the times tables rhymes!! Now we just need one of those clever blog people to create pictures to go with them. A great site. Thank you 🙂

    Comment by Vivian — January 2, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

  6. I eight and I eight and then I got six on the four

    I ate and I ate and then I got sick on the floor

    8 x 8 is 64

    (just to add my favorite to yours…thanks and good job)

    Comment by Mary — June 26, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

  7. Wow!! Just what I needed. Multiplication for my students has been made easy!! They are loving it because they automatically get it!! THANK YOU!

    Comment by Connie Elmore — November 3, 2012 @ 5:17 am

  8. Rule for nines: hold up both hands in front of you, all ten fingers up. For 9 x 4, put down the forth digit from the left. You are left with two groups of fingers: three and six. 36. This works for any number from 0 – 10.

    Comment by Jenny — April 8, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

  9. Thanks for this and to Jenny for the nines rule. You guys should add a pintrest button. A lot of parents use it as a home school resource to find work sheets. 🙂

    Comment by Liz Wilson — October 11, 2013 @ 7:01 am

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    Comment by claire — January 14, 2014 @ 8:26 am

  11. Thank you for these wonderful worksheets. We use them daily.

    Comment by claire — January 14, 2014 @ 8:27 am

  12. Thanks for your free worksheets !!! amazing multiplication ideas for my kids.BIG THANK U!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by hudgur — April 29, 2014 @ 10:41 am

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  14. I’ve been using your worksheets for the last 3 years on my 2 kids. Thanks to you, they are very comfortable and well prepared with the math they give at their school. Other parents ask me how I teach them; I just forward them your link!

    Comment by Raymond — October 29, 2014 @ 9:59 am

  15. A big thank you from a retired English Literature teacher who has found herself homeschooling a 10 year old. Math wasn’t my forte. I’m sure my newly acquired 10 year old would thank you too. I’ve spent hours on the internet looking for good resources and finally found your site. What a truly fine Dad you must be!

    Comment by Mary Reynolds — September 28, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

  16. Thanks Mary!

    Comment by admin — September 30, 2015 @ 4:58 pm

  17. Thank you so much for putting this site together! I can not tell you how much time it saves me from creating my own for my classes. It also inspires me to do a site myself for worksheets that I have created. Any tips on how to get started with that? I love your simple design here.
    Thanks again!!

    Comment by Donna — November 16, 2015 @ 4:29 am

  18. Hi Donna! I’m glad you like the site… The easiest way to get started with a site of your own is to learn WordPress or Drupal and then get set up with a smaller hosting provider. I used BlueHost for a long time until the site started getting more traffic than what they could handle (too many worksheets!) but there are many similar sites that will host for under $10 per month. Share a link here if you get something put together!

    Comment by admin — November 18, 2015 @ 8:04 am

  19. That is a good list of rules.
    I have just written a book in a similar vein for my grandchildren.

    Different rhymes of course.
    “Times Tables with Pictures and Rhymes”

    It is on Amazon.

    Richard S Scott

    Comment by Richard S Scott — February 24, 2016 @ 7:43 pm

  20. Your multiplication worksheets are not showing up can you help.Thank you

    Comment by Brenda — July 30, 2016 @ 9:56 pm

  21. Hey “Dad”,

    Your worksheets are awesome! I coordinate a K-2 after school program and have used your worksheets as extra work since November of last year. The kids love them, and I love how easy it is to grade them. Keep up the great work!

    Comment by Andy — September 8, 2016 @ 1:45 pm

  22. Thanks Andy!

    Comment by admin — September 10, 2016 @ 11:18 am

  23. your multiplication worksheets are AMAZING!!! do you do any moms worksheets?

    Comment by Yashita — November 7, 2016 @ 7:51 am

  24. I must be missing something simple – why do you not mention 11s or 12s?

    Comment by Brad — February 4, 2017 @ 6:08 pm

  25. Thank you so much! We just started homeschooling and are learning multiplication and division. I have been looking everywhere for good worksheets and resources! Thank you for breaking everything down to simple and fun steps, and for all the work you put into these sheets! We appreciate you!

    Comment by Katie — October 15, 2017 @ 6:26 am

  26. Thank you for this delightful website!

    Comment by Alex — May 20, 2019 @ 3:40 pm

  27. Thank you sweet Jesus and Google for sending me to your site. I’ve been struggling to teach my 9 year old daughter her multiplication tables for THREE YEARS now! Finally a way I can explain it where she might get it. Is there a printout or pdf version of the rules? That’s ok if there’s not because I may have to go to a print shop and have a billboard version of it made for her room. Bookmarking your site right now. You may have just saved us the cost of psychiatric help…. for both of us! 😀 THANK YOU!

    Comment by Julia — September 3, 2019 @ 6:55 pm

  28. i love this awsome website it is so fun my mom got me a lot of division i love the monster division

    Comment by Landon — July 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am

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