• Ray
  • December 19th, 2018
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Primary school age children may often have trouble grasping the fundamentals of multiplication, and supporting what they are taught in their maths lessons by providing further explanations at home can make all the difference. Here are just a few ways to make multiplication easier.

Teach Common Tricks


If a child is having trouble with their multiplication lessons, they might be more receptive to certain tricks that we tend to use to work out such problems. For example, most people find it easier to work out 14 multiplied by 5 by first multiplying 14 by 10 and then dividing the result by two. Similarly, it’s often easier to work out a multiple of four by doubling a number and then doubling it again. We tend to internalise such tricks to the point that we barely even realise we’re using them, but they can be something new to very young children.


Use Interactive Games


You might not have been taught using interactive games, but they can be enormously beneficial for those who have a hard time learning their multiplication tables. Strangely enough, children tend to be better able to absorb information when it is presented through the guise of a game, and there are plenty of interactive games that can be played at home to help them improve their maths skills. Children will build their knowledge by learning in a fun and interesting way.


Create Hands-on Examples


In general, children often learn more through applied examples than through abstract concepts. Unfortunately, it can be harder to think up examples when it comes to multiplication since this is a trickier concept to grasp than addition or subtraction. You can talk about Sally having four apples and giving away two and still make sense, but multiplication doesn’t really work as well in such scenarios. Try using hands-on examples. Provide small items, such as those used for arts and crafts, then ask your child to multiply how many they have by a certain number. Kids are often kinaesthetic learners, meaning they learn through doing, and hands-on work will make the concept of multiplication seem easier to grasp.