My youngest (Jared, 9) has been having a little bit of trouble memorizing all of his math facts. We've tried regular flash cards and drills. Then I tried cards with the answers to give him the answer to memorize. Nothing has completely worked. He has a lot of them memorized- but not all and has been getting more and more frustrated with himself :( We got to the point where I didn't want to go forward in his math studies until we have them down.
So, I stumbled upon an idea by Diane Craft here. They are called "Right Brain Multiplication Cards".
They take the left brain data and imbed it into the right brain picture. She says, "the velcro that puts things into the right brain is color, picture, humor and emotion." I decided to make some of my own.
Each fact will have a story to go with it. So for 7 X 12 I made up- A rocket (7) went around the earth 12 times and used up 84 gallons of fuel (probably makes no sense- but oh well!). Or, 7 X 9- A rocket (7) hit a meteor (9) and blew into 63 pieces. You keep the problem covered up and reveal each part as you say it.
So far he has them all memorized and I made them yesterday. He looked at them two times!
...I'm off to make the 8's!