Just learned from parent that Washington state IS using the method we’re teaching to teach Math!!! Drill drill drill until EVERYONE masters the basics, then teach students to do arithmetic left-to-right instead of right-to-left so they develop intuition about numbers.  Sooo happy. So the early elementary school students are taught correctly, it’s the older students and parents who need to go back to 1st grade to learn the fundamentals of Math correctly.

Missing numbers multiplication drills

Here’s the link to the worksheets: https://www.math-drills.com/search.php?s=missing+numbers+multiplication&page=1&sort=weekly

Do the first four, giving yourself 60 seconds to complete each.  Finish all four before grading them. Keep doing it until you score 100 percent. Don’t turn each problem into a division problem. Practice to look at it until the answer arrives intuitively.  Just pound them out.



This exercise prepares students for algebra and anyone who knows the multiplication table can complete these drills.  It’s also a way to introduce division. I treat it more as a way to work the brain differently, to run backwards, which is why I don’t them converted into division problems. I’m wondering how these drills affect the way students understand numbers.

Antonym Pair Vocabulary Drills

This drill trains students to think of language meaning in binary terms.  Example of antonym pairs:

In and Out
On and Off
Up and Down

Write 10 of your own antonym pairs.

Now pair the following words into antonym pairs:

  • Misandry
  • Occidental
  • Deduction
  • Reduction
  • Misogyny
  • Oriental
  • Induction
  • Increase
  • Misanthropy
  • Philanthropy

Some will find it much easier to learn vocabulary words using the antonym pair method.

Once you’re confident you have know the meaning of each word, write a sentence using each of the above 10 words.  I’ll do the first one for you:

Susan’s misandry is manifested by her refusal hire any men.

Again, I don’t recommend you use flashcards ever to memorize vocabulary. Learning vocabulary should coincide with developing verbal skills and creativity.