Giving kids the tools they need to master pesky math skills and have confidence in the classroom is miraculous. That's why, as bizarre as it seems, "We Don't Cry We Multiply" -- a CD which raps the multiplication tables to music of 2-Pac, 50 cent, Lil Wayne and more -- is a great idea. Each track contains a math lesson for one of twelve math tables in which the tables are repeated four times: it's repeated twice so your kid can listen and review with the CD. Then, the third time, it allows your child try it on his own, and the fourth is a final review of the material.
It's a little off-putting to hear rhymes rapped in kiddie voices (even though the voices are saying "we're hot in the city as we multiply" and "straight is how we rollin', and the future is what we're controllin'"), but I listened to some tracks while I was working, and I found myself nodding my head to the beat of the good old eight tables, (my favorite track), which I hadn't thought about in years.
I can picture kids listening to this for fun, dancing to it, and maybe learning some math along the way. What do you think? Would this help your kids learn the multiplication tables?