Tips To Help Your Children Memorize Multiplication Table
Table of Content
- Easy Tips for your child to memorize his tables
- Why are multiplication tables necessary?
Ever felt that pride when at a grocery store, you ask the shopkeeper how much you are supposed to pay and get surprised to get an answer from your child before the shopkeeper? That glint of contentment in your eyes when you see the confidence in your child’s face is unbeatable. Are you wondering how you can train your child to show that confidence or give the correct answer to your questions on your next trip to a grocery store? Read ahead to find out!
Easy Tips For Your Child To Memorize His Tables
We all know that children usually find mathematics a boring subject. With no practical, no mixing of chemicals, and no experiments to produce a different reaction, it does sound like a boring subject.
Even if mathematics is an uneventful subject, it is very significant. That is why it becomes essential to include it in your child’s life from an early age. Though addition and subtraction may seem easier to teach your children, multiplication is what appears to be complicated. Here are a few tips that you can teach your child to help him with multiplication tables.
Train Your Memory
A child’s brain is like an empty canvas, ready to be filled with information. The best way to help them with multiplication tables is to feed them in their memory. You can do this by going through the multiplication tables with your child repeatedly and even sticking some multiplication table charts in his room.
Break the Multiplication Tables into Chunks
Learning the entire multiplication table in one go would be challenging for your child. Break the tables into manageable chunks and start from there.
For example, start with table 5. Help your child memorise this multiplication table, which will boost his confidence once he remembers it.
Practice Skip Counting
Skip counting is one of the oldest methods to memorise multiplication tables. It teaches the child to add the given number to get the correct answer.
For example, in multiplication table 3, skip counting by adding three to the number. The result is 3, 6, 9,12 etc.
Listen to Fun Math Songs
Music is something that makes everyone groove to its tune. Use this to your benefit. While helping your child with multiplication tables, play some catchy math songs and see how it gets engraved in his mind.
Teach Your Child a Few Tricks.
Math is full of tricks. Teach a few to your child to help him with his multiplication tables. For example, multiplication table 2 is just doubling numbers. Table 10 is just adding 0 after the number.
Follow Patterns in Multiplication Table
Many multiplication tables have specific patterns, which help them remember quickly. For example, table 5 has a straightforward pattern; it ends in zero or five. Table 9 has a pattern; you can also use your fingers for it.
Ask your child to spread out his fingers in front of him. If you multiply 9 with 6, ask your child to fold his sixth finger. That leaves him with five fingers before and four after the folded one, which gives the correct answer of 54.
An Order Doesn’t Matter
Go through the multiplication table chart with your child and point out that half of it is a mirror image of the other half. For example, 3×5 is the same as 5×3. They must remember that multiplication between 5 and 3 always gives you 15. This reduces half of your child’s work!
Make Learning Fun
Play games with your child and involve learning in it. You can use flashcards with multiplication questions, make groups and conduct a competition between them to see who answers most of the questions correctly.
Leave the Difficult Ones for the Last
Many children find specific multiplication tables difficult, and memorising them takes more time. Keep these tables for the last and start with easy ones.
Quiz Them Frequently
Once your child has memorised his multiplication tables, quiz him frequently but not constantly. Don’t make it hard for him by being strict. For example, instead of asking him to answer what 3×9 is, ask him how many cupcakes he should bake for his nine friends, considering each eats three cupcakes.
Reward Your Child
What is a competition without a reward? Always try to reward your child when he achieves his target or completes his assigned tasks. This encourages your child to participate in further competitions and rectify his previous mistakes.
Why Are Multiplication Table Necessary?
One of the frequent questions a parent faces while teaching multiplication tables is why are these tables necessary? Curious minds of curious kids need answers to all their questions. Here are a few reasons you can give to satisfy your child.
- It boosts memory by creating muscle memory in the brain.
- It lays the foundation for more complex and advanced math problems like algebra and calculus.
- Multiplication tables help adults, and children equally from calculating the monthly expenses to the number of chairs required for your child’s birthday party.
- It improves problem-solving skills as it trains the mind to think of solutions to complex issues.
- Helps the child with basic counting skills like quantity, distance, groupings etc. by Promoting number sense.
- It builds confidence in mathematics.
- It helps gain encouragement and praise from teachers and parents, boosting their confidence and leaving them in a happy place.
While many children find mathematics a boring subject, many love playing with numbers. The challenge of memorising the multiplication tables may hinder their passion for mathematics. As parents, all we want is to promote the love and passion of our children and guide them to master their skills to hone their passion. This blog shows you a few tips that you could use to let your child sail through his love without drowning. We hope we helped you sail the storm!