As you prepare to help your child learn multiplication tables, it’s important to stay patient and resourceful. We have gathered three ways you can help your child master their multiplication tables below:
1. Daily Practice
Practice will be key for your child to learn multiplication tables. Try setting aside 30 minutes daily for your child to practice and focus on multiplication. The more your child sees the multiplication problems, the more familiar and confident he or she will become in solving those equations. Another easy way to help children familiarize themselves with the multiplication table is by having multiplication tables visible around the house or even the car. This will allow your child to visualize the multiplication tables and focus on a different set every time he or she sees it. Whether you are posting them on the refrigerator or in a dedicated study space, having them visible helps children learn and motivates them to master their multiplication tables.
2. Incorporate Fun Activities
Make learning the multiplication tables fun for your child by adding creative activities to practice with them. Below are a few activities you can try:
Flash Cards: You can buy or make a set of flashcards with the equation in the front and answer on the back. Shuffle and flip through them with your child. Let your child practice for a few rounds and then test his or her knowledge. See how many your child can get through correctly in one minute. You can also make a pile of the ones answered incorrectly and see if there are any patterns that you can help nurture with other activities.
Playing Cards: Shuffle a deck of cards and then draw two cards. Let your child guess the answer when they multiply both cards together. Remember, the ace can be interpreted as 1, the jack as 11, the queen as 12, and the king as 13.
Roll dice or dominoes: Roll two dice and let your child multiply the numbers visible. If you prefer to use dominoes, you can also put the pieces in a bag and shake it. Have your child draw a piece and multiply the numbers he or she sees. Put your child to the test and see how many he or she can answer correctly.
Multiplication Jenga: Use a marker to add multiplication problems to the fun game of Jenga. Follow the typical rules of Jenga, except your child must answer the multiplication problem correctly before placing it at the top.
3. Reward Their Efforts
To recognize children’s hard work and progress, it is important to reward their efforts. We recommend implementing a Multiplication Tables Reward System. Below you will find an easy Reward System you can print and use with your child. For every multiplication table mastered, you can add a scoop of ice cream. Once your child has mastered all twelve, you can acknowledge your child’s learning with prizes or favorite desserts.
Game Idea: Multiplication War
Deal an equal number of cards face down to each player. Assign the Jack, Queen, King, and Joker cards a value of 10 and the aces a value of 11. Each player turns two cards face up, reads the numbers as a multiplication problem, and provides the answer. For example, if your child draws a 9 and an 8, he says 9×8=72. If you draw a 5 and a 4, you say 5×4=20. Your child wins the four cards and puts them at the bottom of his pile because his answer was larger. Continue the game until one player runs out of cards.
In the Kumon Math Program, multiplication is introduced after students have mastered the fundamental addition skills. Helping your child master his or her multiplication tables at home can be challenging but also a lot of fun. Try incorporating these three activities to help your child practice and master their multiplication basics. Good luck!
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