## Multiplication Help

HELP   YOUR   CHILD   ACE   HIS   NEXT   MULTIPLICATION   QUIZ

It's not unusual for children to have trouble learning the multiplication facts.   Fortuantely, you can help if you are willing to work with your child every day. For the best results, keep drill sessions short, review learned facts frequently, and don't teach a new set of facts until your child has completely memorized the previous set. Begin by doing the following:

1. Make a set of multiplication flash cards with your child.   Do not include the answers on the cards.

2. Work with one set of multiplication facts at a time (2x1, 2x2, 2,3, 2x4 etc.)

3. Next, work with the set of multiplication facts that has 2 as a second factor (1x2, 2x2, 3x2, 4x2 etc) Remind your child that these facts are equivalent to addition doubles.

4. In the next session, work with the 5x tables. Start with 5 as the first factor (5x1, 5x2, 5x3) then tackle 5 as the second factor (1x5, 2x5, 3x5).

5. For some children, it helps to recognize patterns when they exist within each set of multiplication facts.

6. To help your child with the 4x tables, you can teach her the "double and then double again" approach. For example, 4x3=12 because double 3 is 6 and double again is 12; 4x4=16 because double 4 is 8 and double again is 16, and so on.

7. To help your child with his 9x talbes, you can teach him the -1 approach. For example, 2x9=18 because 2-1 is 1 and 9-1 is 8; put them together and you get 18. Similarly, 3x9=27 because 3-1 is 2 and 9-2 is 7; put them together and you get 27.

When your child doesn't know a fact, don't tell him the answer - answers that come easily are not retained. Instead, show him how to get the answer. For example, if he doesn't know 3x4 them have him draw three groups of four and count them up.