Tips For Learning Multiplication Facts
1. This is a multiplication table to learn facts from 1 to 12.
For some great ideas on how to effectively use a multiplication table, click here.
2. Timed Quizes
An effective way to really get the multiplication facts to stick is timed test/quizes.
For example, make sure they know the facts for 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, 11. It is important that you child not only knows the facts, but that they can do them quickly. Timed tests help them speed up with facts.
Have them compete against themselves. In other words, do a 2 to 3 minute timed quiz and keep track of their time every day. Encourage them to beat their time of the day before. Of course check for accuracy so they don't get sloppy with computation.
Be sure to reward their efforts. For example, once they reach a certain time, go out for a treat or do something special together.
Teach 7x6=42 This is the hardest fact that kids have a hard time memorizing. So make it stand out for your child. Definitely turn this into a picture, which you should be doing for all the facts if your child is a right brain learner. Write it on a piece of paper, decorate it and hang it on the wall. Anything to make it memorable.
For teaching 3's multiplication facts, make sure your child can skip count the threes easily. 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30. Reinforce this with clapping, music, and/or any type of rythm exercise. Then work on multiply AFTER they have the skip counting down pat.
Multiplying 9s is easier than you think and you can easily teach your child a simple trick to help them memorize their 9s and all they need are their own two hands.
Hold both hands out like the above:
Take 4x9 as an example.
Starting from the lift you put down your fourth finger, which in this case is the pointer finger on the left hand.
To find the answer, you put down how many fingers are to the left of the "missing" finger in the 10's place and the number of fingers to the right of the "missing" finger in the ones place. So the answer is 36.
Let's try another example. 5x9=?
You count five in from the left and it ends up being your left thumb, tuck it away. Now you have four fingers to the left of the "missing" finger and five fingers to the right, so what's your answer? It's 45!
Isn't it fun to learn 9s multiplication facts like this?
Of course you don't want your child to continue using their fingers for this, but it is a great way to get them started learning their 9s.
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