Multiplication Tables – Are They Helpful?
Young math learners often struggle with learning the multiplication tables. Often they will question their parents and teachers as to the validity and importance of learning them. So if you’re looking for a good comeback for this question, I think this article will help you! And it should also help you to get a few new ideas for assisting your child in learning their multiplication tables.
The Importance Of Memorising Multiplication Tables
Learning multiplication tables is an inevitable step into the world of maths. Children begin learning their times tables in 2nd and 3rd grade. Often, some children will have a natural flare for learning their multiplication tables while others might find it difficult.
Usually, teachers depend on parents to assist their struggling children at home. Sadly this can lead to a frustrating learning experience with a child who is finding multiplication tables particularly challenging. It can end up causing parents to question the necessity of times tables altogether.
Memorising the multiplication tables prepares children for the future stages of maths. These future stages involve more challenging calculations that bring in division – both short and long – as well as more complicated mathematics.
To skip the fundamental learning stage of times tables would be like teaching a child to run before they have learned to walk.
Consequently they will crawl through more complicated maths – such as two-digit multiplication and long division – with great difficulty.
Bearing this in mind, we can confidently conclude that the times tables are essential to learning. Without them a child’s confidence and capability will be lost.
The important of times tables must also be taken in its broader context to fully appreciate how necessary it is. It is not exclusive to schools or learning environments, but also in our everyday lives! We often use multiplication for something as simple as calculating prices in the shops, planning parties and in domestic activities such as cooking, calculating bills etc.
All of these necessary and everyday tasks are made easier and achieved faster when one knows their times tables.Now, while these are valid points to any adult, it’s another thing trying to encourage a child who is struggling with their times tables.
It’s important to note that in some situations a child’s struggle can be chalked up to a learning difficulty – especially if they are receiving consistent help from parents and teachers. If this is the case then a child will need to be given alternative methods for learning their multiplication tables.
A child must always be supported and encouraged.It is vital that parents do NOT reprimand or criticize their children. The child is struggling enough as it is! Negative emotions and pressure will sabotage a child’s learning capability – in some cases it is severe enough to completely prevent the learning of new information.
Multiplication tables can be learned in a variety of new and innovative methods. These new learning styles allow for a child to find the best method to suit the way they process information.
Some of these new methods include taking a more visual approach to learning. Games, flash cards, interactive software, the use of animals and cartoon characters to encourage children. An almost holistic approach to maths that makes facts FUN to learn.
When the method of learning these multiplication facts is made engaging and entertaining for children, then they are far more likely to retain the information learned. Memorising the multiplication tables through these new methods makes a necessary and educational experience both fun and MEMORABLE!
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One other resource I’ve found is on Youtube.com. Check on there for multiplication table videos – there are some very good ones that I’m sure your child will like!
Have a great day!