Learning the multiplication tables is an important element of maths. It is the cornerstone whereby kids can go on to develop their mathematical skills. This skill will allow them to manipulate numbers and understand the basic concept of skip counting and adding on. However, this can be a boring and tedious process for many children and one that parents and even teachers may shy away from, particularly if a child is having problems learning the multiplication tables. I, as a parent, totally understand the frustration. If parents understood just how important learning multiplication facts are, then they would spend more time and resources ensuring their child understood and could recite most of the times tables by heart and the rest by a process of deduction.
I have also found that my students respond to little and often. Parents tend to panic, this is normally right after parents’ evening when they have been informed that their child does not know the times tables! Having not taken much interest prior to this, all of a sudden parents are scouring the internet, looking for maths books, workbooks or just about anything that will help. I have done this with my own children!
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