By Peggy R. Rios on June 24 2018 20:43:54
What it is about memorizing multiplication tables that make my kids throw their pencil across the room and shout, “I hate math?” It is because, unlike spelling or vocabulary, numbers don’t create pictures for us. Multiplication tables are strings of seemingly random numbers that our children are expected to not only remember, but keep in order and in context with the numbers they are multiplying by.
Learning multiplication facts is an essential part of childhood math. It takes time to learn them, but with a few tips and tricks, you can conquer them with practice. Once you have them memorized, you can work on getting faster with them so that the numbers just come to you. Some of the multiplication facts are simpler than others, but many of them have helpful hints that make them easier to learn.
Learn one table at a time. Select one multiplication table to learn at a time. Start with the simple tables such as 2s, 10s, 5s, and 11s. By the time you learn the more difficult tables such as the 7s and 8s, you will already know several facts. Remember, 1 x 4 is the same as 4 x 1 so you only have to learn half of the multiplication table because the other half is just written the other way.
Who said learning multiplication has to be boring? By turning math into a game, you are more likely to remember what you are doing.