what do you need to know? some teachers want the kids to show their work the way they were taught (which is not necessarily the way we were taught)
So my 9year old is struggling big time with math.
Dad is a buffoon who hates math, and is also afraid & concerned that I am confusing my daughter even more.
Just looking for some advise on any websites or apps we can try to help her out. Right now she's in 4th grade and in the midst of doubledigit multiplication and just starting division.
Homework has become an absolute nightmare, could really use some insight if anyone has experiences similar issues.
what do you need to know? some teachers want the kids to show their work the way they were taught (which is not necessarily the way we were taught)
Went through it with my son to a degree (HS now) and my daughter soon (1st grade) Problem for me was that they teach it differently now. My wife bought a few books and she's good at math, so I pushed it off on her.

Is there a text book for 4th grade math?
Not sure what they teach now, but, as with any complex problem, break it down in to smaller, solvable problems. Finding the answer to a double digit multiplication (complex) problem involves several single digit (smaller) multiplications and then addtitions.
Fish, definitely take a look at Kahn Academy  an excellent free resource started by a father pretty much in your boat (except with a PhD
http://www.khanacademy.org
I don't like this trick because I think it avoids memorizing times tables which I think ultimately will hinder students. But for the context of this question the below should help.
I would make vertical lines first with your highest (in this case tens) digit being on the left and your next lowest to the right and so on (in this case the ones digit).
Then the second number (factor) as horizontal lines with highest place digit on top and lowest on bottom.
Count the separated number of intersecting points from top left to bottom right.
Hippie stuff if you ask me. The other option would be the old(ish) school version where you use a zero in the second (and subsequent) lines of product and add up when through. The justification of the zero in the ones' column is that in a way you are multiplying by a multiple of 10 (i.e. 26X48 is really 6x48 + 20x48. Since 0xanything is 0, the 0 will go in the ones column when multiplying by the tens, two zeors when multiplying by hundreds, so on and so on).
Sorry if I made it worse.
Just back from my son's high school for a meeting. You would not believe his English teacher. Young, leggy blonde. Beautiful and had to be 2223 tops.
I just about asked her out.
That is a good start.
This old man is up at 4am each day, trundles home at 5pm, and to watch me sit there and try (intelligently) explain math concepts to an unblinking child is comical, if not sad. When Im halfway through explaining a problem Ive found that her mind just wanders off, cant say I blame her but I need something to grab her attention with this.
Hey, Fish, I used to be a high school math teacher (go ahead, make your girl geek jokes ).
I now work for a textbook publisher making math books/digital content. I'm swamped at work right now, but I'll get back to you with some websites. I know there are a bunch of youtube videos about math  don't know how good any of them are.
EDIT: If you have specific math questions, feel free to PM me.
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