The fact that two and two equals four is clear to everyone, at least that’s how it is sung in a well-known children’s song. But what if your child does not want to remember it? There are ways to learn the multiplication table quickly and fun, and we’ll talk about them in more detail.
How to understand the meaning of multiplication?
First of all, you need to explain to the child the meaning of multiplication. It has been proven that when a person understands what he has to remember, he masters the subject quickly, with greater speed than when he simply memorizes letters and even more so numbers. Yes, and conscious information remains in the head much longer than the one that is mechanically memorized. There is evidence that meaningful information is remembered four times more efficiently than what is recorded on the disk of our brain like a kind of record. It’s just that sooner or later (rather, the first) will deteriorate.
So, before demanding that the multiplication table bounce off the child’s teeth, explain to him its meaning, why he may need it in life. And only then start practicing.
One of the ways that is used to make the multiplication table easy to learn is mastering its patterns. Open them to the child as a kind of secret. Let him feel better like a magician than a great mathematician. So learning the multiplication table is not only easier, but also more interesting.
So, let’s dive into the magic of numbers. For example, say that no matter what number you multiply by five, the result will be a number with a zero or a five at the end. But it’s better to start with one. At first glance, a completely useless exercise, but the child will quickly remember that in fact nothing needs to be done, since the one does not change anything in the other figure when multiplied.
Thus, he will also be able to understand the basics of multiplication faster. Next, we move on to more complex examples. We ourselves know about the magic of multiplying by nine. Take the multiplication table. Study it carefully. You will notice that in the column where the numbers from one to ten are multiplied by nine, the products have the following pattern: the first digits of the result start from zero and end with nine, the second ones are arranged in the same order, only not from top to bottom, but vice versa.
Agree, it’s mesmerizing. And now, your child is already wondering what will happen next.
First, choose the method that is right for your child. If he is a born humanist and poetry is much easier for him than solving math problems, use simple quatrains about the multiplication table. We will give examples below. If your child is more of a physicist than a lyricist, use counting sticks, for example. But in fact, and in another case, you need to follow a number of rules.
Lessons should not tire the child. As soon as you notice that he begins to lose interest, immediately end the session. Do not overload the head of the little man, otherwise you will only cause disgust for any kind of exercise. Do not demand an instant decision from the child. Sooner or later he will be able to multiply two by two — he just needs time. In no case do not scold the child, even if he does not succeed.
But for every, even a small, achievement, be sure to praise. No, you do not need to run to the store and buy an expensive toy in the form of a prize for a lesson learned — just tell him that he is doing well. Although a small present will not be superfluous either.
They should be. Even if it seems to you that the child himself does not want to stop, slow down the process.. Remember how they did school? “We wrote, we wrote, our fingers were tired. We’ll take a break and start writing again.» This will help relieve tension: both mental and physical.
Yes, and you yourself will be able to gain patience during the rest. We don’t get annoyed when our baby doesn’t succeed, do we?
It’s a good idea to coordinate with your child’s teacher and use the same or similar methods. But nowadays, parents often begin to develop their offspring long before he enters elementary school. This is perhaps good. But just do not deprive the baby of childhood. In this case, the game is your best way to comprehend mathematics..
Scatter Lego around the room. Surely there are enough details in it to study the entire multiplication table and even more. Arrange the parts into equal piles, where their number is a multiplier, and the number of piles themselves is a multiplier.
We begin to solve the problem by collecting parts into a certain design. Your task is not to create a beautiful figure, but to explain how multiplication occurs. Further it is easier — in two piles of three parts, there are only six of them. Thus, we multiply 3 by 2. The main thing — remember that in 5 minutes you will not learn the multiplication table even with a child prodigy.
But the more non-standard methods you apply, the more chances for success. Come up with interesting tasks. Take out of the box all the cars that your child has. Have you already guessed how to explain that two times two is four? Only for the duration of this lesson, leave aside an all-terrain vehicle with eight wheels and a tractor with six is also better to save. They will come in handy in the next lesson.
Mathematics is an exact science, so use subjects that are absolutely suitable for explaining it. Toys do not fit — use another technique. Make a chart with an example on one side and a solution on the other. And start such a card game for numbers. Do not stop «molesting» the child during walks. Come up with an unconventional approach to learning the multiplication table.
For example, we saw a dog in the yard — we consider how many paws, ears, eyes it has. And how much will it be if another neighbor comes out with his pet? Multiply the number of dogs by the number of their paws and vice versa. The more unusual the methods, the more interesting the child. Use again the «tricks» of some numbers. Has your child forgotten about multiplying by 9 yet? Refine it. Does your child love computer games? This is a real life hack for you. Download the online multiplication table simulator to your phone or tablet.
There are other non-traditional ways. Does your daughter love to cook with you? Calculate how many eggs you need if you make three fried eggs for five days in a row. If your child is a young shopaholic, the following technique will work for you: returning from the bakery, count how many loaves of bread you will buy if you go to the store every day for a whole week. Suppose all you need to do is multiply 7 by 1. The main thing is that in this case you explain the process of multiplication.
There is not enough imagination — refer to specialists or to specialized literature. Here is a list of just a few magic books to help you.
- How I taught my daughter the multiplication table. Author Tatyana Shklyarova will tell you how to learn the basics of mathematics with a child during the summer holidays.
- «Learn the multiplication table quickly.» This manual was created by Elena Nefedova and Olga Uzorova. Their own author’s program will help improve the knowledge of mathematics in general.
- «A quick and easy way to learn the multiplication table.» The author Yana Pligina became popular among parents, as she not only developed a unique technique, but also detailed the rules of exciting games on a mathematical theme.
Also, her book is equipped with a «magic bookmark», which makes her even more interesting.
And yet, do not forget about the old and proven methods. Make tablets, where on the left side write out the examples in a column, leave the right side free. The child must complete it. Therefore, try to make large cells.
Use bright colored pencils or markers. Get your kid interested. Do not try to «shove» the multiplication table into your son’s or daughter’s head all at once. Start gradually. Even each figure can be divided into several classes. And do not forget about breaks: 10-15 minutes of mathematics, and then — outdoor games or a lunch break.
This method is very common, but does not always lead to the fact that the child understands how numbers, and not words, are added together. Therefore, it is recommended to use it only as an auxiliary. In addition to the already mentioned song about twice two — four, use others that are not so famous, but no less memorable for this.
- Multiplying three by one, we get to a page from a book of fairy tales for children about three funny pigs.
- Multiply three by six in two counts, rather become a big hunt. You know, the years go by fast. And now you’re eighteen.
- And how much is three times eight? We will deal with the issue in a day. After all, in a day, as it is known in the world, there are only twenty-four hours.
In addition to the quatrains once invented by someone, you can use your own. Make verses from numbers. It’s fun. But our task is not to bore the child even with the most serious question.
Educational games are now available in most children’s stores. There are also special multiplication tables for studying. Perhaps, instead of the twenty-eighth typewriter, it is better to buy it. Just pay attention to the design and color of the toy. She must attract the child. And of course, don’t forget about safety. Ask sellers for a certificate for the goods.
Many of us, even in adulthood, use finger counting to add up some numbers. But with the help of hands you can multiply. And this is another «magic» trick that will help keep your child interested and make math fun.
Outline the child’s hands. Now number each finger from left to right. And now we proceed to multiply by the same magic nine. Select the number to be multiplied. We count the answer on the fingers. To the left of the multiplied number will remain the number of tens, to the right — units. Well, isn’t it magic?
Tips for Parents
Don’t demand more from your child than he can. The kid is not ready to learn the multiplication table at the age of four — leave him alone. Still succeed. Otherwise, you run the risk of instilling in your child a sense of guilt and an inferiority complex. Yes, and he is unlikely to run to school with joy.
To get started, try using examples from life — toys and animals will attract much more attention to the child than the multiplication table as such. By the way, a little later you can hang it in the child’s room. He, without noticing it, will draw information from it. In addition, you can print the exercises. Sooner or later, any, even the most mischievous boy, will be interested in what it is that has fascinated you so much in the computer and now lies on the table in paper form.
Although modern kids are mostly interested in what flickers on the screen. So let it be a special application for learning multiplication tables. Yes, and the calculator for starters can be used as a toy, not a machine for counting money.
Fantasize, this will not only add a craving for knowledge to your baby, but will also make you yourself a more versatile adult.