Teaching your child, the mathematical tables is something every parent goes through at some point in time. However, there are a few ways in which you can make it less of a drudgery for your child.
First, it is important that you teach your child that multiplication is nothing but repeated addition. Demonstrate this with an example. Take a packet of Gems(candy) and as many cups as the number of people in your family. Then distribute the candy equally. Feel free to pop the odd ones into your mouth 😊
Once you have distributed it, Have your child count the candies in each bowl. Then have them count all the candies continuously from 1 to 12 in the four cups. Now show how 3 candies in 4 cups is 3 X 4 = 12. Similarly you can remove one cup and then distribute 4 candies in each bowl and show how 4 X 3 = 12 . You can try this again with other combinations as well. This will demonstrate that multiplication is nothing but repeated addition. Then it would easier to continue teaching the tables.
Memorizing the tables is done easiest by singing it. Buy a tables chart and hang it where your child can see it regularly – maybe you can attach it to your fridge with magnets. Sing ONE table for a week with your child as often as possible until it is committed into their memory. When you do the second week with the next number, sing both the tables that entire week and so on .
One of the fun ways to teach the multiples of a number is by playing this game. For example: “Pat your thighs twice, Clap your hands twice and say 2 “. Then your child will do the same and say “4” and you will do the same and say “6” and so on. Children love rhythm and clapping and they will enjoy this activity.
The ‘Buzz’ Game:
This is a great game to play with your family to reinforce multiplication progression in children. This can be played for all tables greater than 2. Participants sit in a circle. For example, for multiples of 3, the first person says 1, second person says 2, third person says BUZZ, fourth person says 4 and so on. Every time a person reaches a number that is a multiple of 3, which is 6, 9,12 etc they have to say the word “BUZZ” and if they don’t they are out. Of course, you have to make sure that the number of participants in the game is not the same number as the table that you are trying to reinforce. For example, if 4 people are playing and you want to play for the multiples of 4, then the same person would be saying BUZZ all the time.
You can also play the game for more than one table simultaneously. For example, multiples of 2 can be Buzz, 3 can be Fizz and 4 can be Bang. If the number, say 12, is a multiple of 2,3 and 4, then you have to say Buzz- Fizz- Bang!! So, somebody is using one or more of these words all the time as the numbers go around making it a super fun game even for teenagers and adults.