Tips to Help Your Child Master Their Multiplication Tables - Kumon

Tips to Help Your Child Master Their Multiplication Tables

As you prepare to help your child learn their multiplication tables, it will be important to stay patient and resourceful. We have gathered three ways you can help your child master their multiplication tables below: 

1. Daily Practice

Practice will be key for your child to learn their multiplication tables. Try setting aside 30 minutes daily  for your child to practice and focus on multiplication. The more your child sees the multiplication problems, they will become more familiar and confident in solving those equations. Another easy way to help them familiarize themselves with the multiplication table is by having multiplication tables visible around the house or even the car. This will allow your child to visualize the multiplication tables and focus on a different set every time they see it.

Click below to download and print the multiplication tables. Whether you are posting it on the refrigerator or in a dedicated study space, having it visible will help your child’s learning and motivate them to master their multiplication tables. 

2. Incorporate Fun Activities

Make learning the multiplication tables fun for your child by adding creative activities to practice with them. Below are a few activities you can try with your child:

  • Flash Cards: You can buy or make a set of flashcards with the equation in the front and answer on the back. Shuffle and flip through them with your child. Let them practice for a few rounds and then test their knowledge. See how many they can get through correctly in one minute. You can also make a pile of the ones they answer incorrectly and see if there are any patterns that you can help nurture with other activities.
  • Playing Cards: Shuffle a deck of cards and then draw two cards. Let your child guess the answer when they multiply both cards together. Remember, the ace can be interpreted as 1, the jack as 11, the queen as 12, and the king as 13.
  • Roll dice or dominoes: Roll two die and let your child multiply the numbers visible. If you prefer to use dominoes, you can also put the pieces in a bag and shake it. Have your child draw a piece and multiply the numbers they see. Put your child to the test and see how many they can answer correctly.
  • Multiplication Jenga: Use a marker to add multiplication problems to the fun game of Jenga. Follow the typical rules of Jenga, except your child must answer the multiplication problem correct before placing it at the top.

3. Reward Their Efforts

To recognize your child’s hard work and progress, it is important to reward their efforts. We recommend implementing a Multiplication Tables Reward System. Below you will find an easy Reward System you can print and use with your child. For every multiplication table they have mastered, you can add a scoop of ice cream. Once your child has mastered all twelve, you can acknowledge their learning by giving them a prize and/or spoiling them with their favorite desserts, and more.

In the Kumon Math Program, multiplication is introduced after students have mastered the fundamental addition skills. Helping your child master their multiplication tables at home can be challenging but also a lot of fun. Try incorporating these three activities to help your child practice and master their multiplication basics. Good luck!

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