Math is an important part of everyone's life, and when it comes to time's tables they can be very confusing for younger learners. Learning it at school is excellent, but it's important to reinforce what they learn and help them practice at home so that it becomes more natural.
Not only will it help with their school work, but it'll also help them later on in life as an adult, for example when they're cooking, baking, shopping, or organizing an event. Here are some methods you can use to help your child learn their times tables!
1) Start with the easier times tables, the ones that follow an easy to remember guide
Some people make the mistake of just working up through the numbers. Use the 1 x 1 multiplication set to start off – this will help your child see that it's not too hard to do them. After that, you can start teaching them the following ones 2, 4, 5, 10 and 11.
These five are very simple and follow a pattern. For example; 2 times tables have even numbers only, four also uses even numbers, BUT it does skip every second one. Likewise, with 5 and 10, you can remind them that the numbers end in 5, 0, 5, 0 or 0 respectively. 11 is easy for the most part as it is just a case of doubling the number, 11, 22, 33, etc., however, after ten it becomes a bit more complicated and requires that your child commits it to memory. When your child comes to the rest of the times tables, it is important to explain the rules and doing it in a physical manner helps a lot, by using Lego, coins or sweets.
2) Using songs, clapping or a tune to remember the times table is another method you can use to help your child
In this way, you can make it a fun way of drilling it into them, and they don't even realize it. It also means that your child will eventually learn to do it themselves and will be able to count it in their head by recalling the song when they have a test or need to use the math in real life.
3) A number square is a great tool used to help young learners in a variety of ways
Number squares vary in content, but a simple one to start with is a square with the numbers 1-100 listed sequentially. Your child can use this to learn their numbers, multiples, addition and other equations they learn as they grow up.
If you make a number square out of felt or cardboard, you can use other pieces of felt to cover up other numbers. In the initial stages of teaching your child multiplication, it will help them to see the numbers standing alone and will be able to recall them better.
To sum up,
There are many ways to teach your child mathematics at home, but the most important things to remember are that some kids are not mathematically inclined and require more repetition and practice than others. On the other hand, it may just be a case of the method. Some children aren't able to understand an abstract concept like numbers, so showing them their times tables on a piece of paper, or using coins or Lego can help them understand the basics, which will then assist them to understand the rest of the more complicated times tables.
Always try to make it fun for your child, and remember that praise is important too. If your child sees that you are happy, or you give them some reward, such as a high 5 or maybe 5 minutes of TV for every question they get correct, it can be a great incentive for them to learn harder.
Some ways to make it fun would be to build a wall with Lego pieces or create some song or rhythm to practice their times tables. Try to coordinate with what they're learning at school, don't try to teach them two things at once or it could become very confusing. Different methods are okay, but different times tables are not – so if they're learning the two times tables at school, practice them at home with them.
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