4 Tips to Help Your Child Memorize Multiplication Tables

Is your child struggling to memorize the multiplication tables?

Some kids just need more time and practice. Knowing multiplication tables inside and out can prevent a lifetime of arithmetic learning problems and make a solid foundation for knowing division and fractions.

Here are four arithmetic memorization strategies you can do at home.

4 Tips to Help Your Child Memorize Multiplication TablesReview the multiplication patterns

Multiplication has patterns. If your child understands these patterns there is less to memorize. Here are some basic multiplication patterns.

All multiple of tens end in zero. Have your child write and repeat until they can do this quickly.

All multiples of five end in five or zero. Again write and repeat.

Any number x 0 is 0. This may be harder for your child to understand but with verbal and written practice they will get it.

Multiply by 11 and just double the number. 3×11 is 33.

Create everyday multiplication games

Learning the multiplication tables takes a lot of repetition. Creating everyday multiplication math games makes repetition easy and fun.

Get a deck of cards. Pull up two cards, for example 4 and 3. Kids shout 12. This can be done during breakfast or as a game after school.

Sit down with your child and make flash cards. Leave different parts blank, mix it up. 4×3=? or ?x3=12

Play multipication bingo. Your can make your own bingo cards. Make a 6×6 grid and add multiplication answers. If you say 3×5 and there is 15 on the Bingo card they put a coin on it.

Repeat a little bit every day

Get into a multiplication routine at breakfast, dinner and before bed. Lots of repetition is essential. You can focus on one timestable at a time to keep it easy or mix them up to make it a little more difficult. Repetition is key to memorizing.

Understand your child’s learning style

How does your child like to learn? Do they learn by drawing, singing or humming or do they like to move around. Incorporate their visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles into their learning practice.

Does your child need to learn the multiplication rules? Do you need ways to get them to practice maths without any drama?

Check out these multiplication workbooks to give your child the extra practice they need.


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