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04/05/2019
To a child, multiplying can be a challenging skill to master. To help yours along in the learning process, follow the tips in this post by The Tutoring Center, Houston TX (Memorial)

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How to Teach Your Child to Multiply

Help Your Child Learn the Basics Beforehand

Imagine trying to learn something and not even knowing the basics on the subject. Of course, that would make things significantly more difficult. For that reason, the first step should be to teach your child the basics about multiplying. For example, you should explain to them what multiplying is, when they will employ it, and why they need to learn it. Likewise, they should feel comfortable with additions before they begin trying to multiply.

Let Them Know About Pairs in Multiplications

If you did a good job with the previous tip, then your child already knows that multiplying is adding a number to itself a determined number of times. Next up, they will need to memorize the multiplication tables. This may overwhelm them, but you can ease this feeling significantly if you explain to them what multiplication pairs are. This basically means that 'the order of the factors doesn't alter the product'. So, if 4 x 5 = 20 then 5 x 4 also equals 20.

Provide Sufficient Practice Opportunities

Since your child is learning a new skill, the best way to ensure they master it and perfect it, is to help them practice often. To guarantee that they do, you can search for worksheets and practice tests online. You can print them and have your child complete them at home. If they don't do the work, or you can sense they're feeling unmotivated to do a good job, you can even create an incentive system to help them keep going.

Employ Devices to Help Them Memorize

Your child can do the work every time and add numbers to themselves over and over again when they need to multiply. Still, memorizing the multiplication tables is much easier and more time-efficient. If your child has a challenging time with this, you can employ mnemotechnics to help them retain and recall information. For instance, you can create rhymes and songs to aid in their memorization process.

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Take Your Child's Learning Style Into Account

Everybody has a different learning style. This means that everybody processes, assimilates, understands, and retains information in a different way. To make learning an easier, smoother, and more effective learning experience for your child, you should consider and adapt to their learning style. For example, if they're a kinesthetic learner, you should provide an abacus for them so they can have something tangible that will help them learn successfully.

Make Use of Different Tips to Help Them Learn

There are several tips that you can relay to your child to make it easier for them to learn how to multiply and to retain the information. For instance:
  1. When multiplying times 1, the answer will always be the same as the number you're trying to multiply. E.g.: 1 x 7 = 7.
  2. As for the times they need to multiply by 2, they should add the number to itself once. E.g.: 2 x 7 = 14; just like 7 + 7 = 14.
  3. If your child knows how to read the clock, then the table of the number 5 will be fairly easy. They can also remember that all answers will end in either 0 or 5.
  4. Probably the easiest table (aside from the first one) is that of the number 10. To multiply by 10, the only need to add a 0 to the right of the number they're multiplying. E.g.: 10 x 7 = 70.
  5. As a final tip, to multiply a single digit by 11, all they have to do is repeat the number once. E.g.: 11 x 7 = 77.

Let Them Go at Their Pace

To some people, multiplying is a fairly easy thing to do. Still, for your child, it can be a challenging skill to develop. That's why it's important that you give them enough time to completely master single digit multiplications. Once they have that down, you can move on to multiplying bigger numbers. If push them into doing more difficult work before they're ready, however, they can become intimidated and may feel discouraged, so avoid it.

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