Have your children learnt addition and subtraction? Are they learning multiplication now? Then, now it is time to make them friendly with the times table.
The age-old question parents have asked since timetables were invented is: “Am I going to have fun teaching my children their times table? And most importantly, will my kids enjoy learning it?” Of course, before children enter secondary school, they must master times tables, and a parent must find fun ways for them to learn that skill. But there are a ton of options. The kids can join online platforms like cuemath.com where they can get explainer videos and worksheets which can be downloaded and practiced.
Taking that into account, here are five tips for teaching times tables that are highly effective.
1. Display the times table in your kid’s study room
Despite its age, this technique is highly effective. Complete each box together with your child once you’ve finished. After completing the charts, hang them up at a frequent location for your child to see (such as their bedroom door, the refrigerator door, or next to the computer). Finally, you and your child should set up a time when you sit down and casually look at the times tables, with no pressure, perhaps before dinner. If you practice your times tables frequently, your students will learn them more quickly.
2. Before letting a child run, have them walk first
It is somewhat debated what order the times tables should be taught. The patterns that are found in 2, 5 and 10 are generally considered more appropriate to start with. Once the rote recall becomes secure and accurate, it is easier to convert it into a times table and see the present patterns and structure. With the two-times table, children can first see and feel the concept of doubling by using their fingers.
The 2 times table and the 10 times table have even numbers. Multiplying an even number by another even number results in an even number. When children say the 10 times tables, they can see patterns: “6 tens equal 60, 7 tens equal 70…” A number in the 10 times table always ends in the number 0, and a number in the 5 times table always ends in the number 5. The 2, 5 and 10 times tables should be easier for children to learn once they master them. This is how tables 2 to 20, can be taught to children easily.
3. Come up with some tricks to show your children.
There are a lot of tricks and tips to math, including times tables. We like to use our fingernails to learn nine times tables. Put your hands together and spread your fingers out. The mathematical equation 9*1 can be found by putting the pinky of your left hand down. What do you have left?
The 9th finger! In order to perform 9*2, place your ring-finger down. What remains? 8 fingers or 1 finger, followed by a gap, equals 18 fingers. A 9*9 trick (8 plus 1 or 81) will be successful. Nevertheless, try letting children know why these strategies work so that they can ask why.
4. Enjoy a few fun songs to teach times table
How can you get someone to remember information if you want them to remember it? That’s right, that’s right! Music that catches your ear! Try watching Mr.DeMaio’s videos on YouTube to learn times tables through clever parodies of pop songs. The song he sang to teach children the three times tables, Uptown Funk, is certainly our favorite.
5. Play a multiplication game
Now that we’ve found a fun way to learn times tables, we’re going to play the game. There is only one rule in the game: each player picks a card from the deck. Once their cards have been flipped over, whoever predicts the correct total of the two cards multiplied together wins the pile. A 3 of hearts and a 7 of diamonds, for instance, can be flipped over, and the first person to say 21 keeps both cards. In the end, the winner is determined by how many cards are in their winning pile.
That’s it for now, folks! Our times table tips are sure to be helpful to you! Would you mind sharing any fun timetable learning activities? Please let us know what they are, we would love to hear about them!