# Teaching multiplication to your child

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Discuss and explore with your child the concepts of grouping and repeated addition with your child use real examples with objects that are in their everyday life.

While playing with and handling such objects be sure to introduce and use some of the words below.

### Multiplication Words

• Groups of - 3 groups of 2 make 6.
• Sets of - 2 sets of 4 make 8.
• Lots of - 2 lots of 2 make 4.
• Multiplied -3 multiplied by 4 is 12
• Product - the product of 5 and 3 is 15.
• Times - 3 times 2 is 6.

Don't overlook the multiplication sign ( x ). Be sure your child knows what it means and doesn't confuse it with other signs such as the addition ( + ) sign.

Before focusing on memorization and recall of multiplication facts you should encourage your children to develop their understanding of multiplication. Use the words above as you illustrate, explore and manipulate objects to show different representations of multiplication. Using these multiplication matching cards will help develop a good understanding of multiplication.

## Learning Multiplication Facts

By the end of 2nd Grade most children should have started to develop an understanding of multiplication through working with equal size groups of objects and through joining, or adding, these groups together. This repeated joining/ addition is one of the first multiplication strategies to be learned.

There are many different strategies and activities that can help with learning multiplication facts. Two of these are listed below:

1. Check out Michele's Multiplication Tips for some advice on helping your child to memorize multiplications facts