# Ideas for teaching Multiplications

Maths is a very structured subject and also can be very abstract, difficult to relate to in real life. The structure in Maths is useful in that it is possible to spot patterns in the numbers and also to sequence the learning that is to build step-wise through related areas.
For example, counting is the foundation of number work and it is impossible to move on to addition and subtraction before counting and the knowledge of numbers are clear in a child’s mind.

The advantage of Maths is that step-wise building can make learning easy. The disadvantage is that the processes in Maths like multiplication, do not readily translate into what happens in real life. For the understanding of what a bus is in real life, an image of a bus comes into the mind when the word is said. For many young children, the image of 3X2 may not be as clear as to when it is presented like this.

### Moving from concrete to abstract

This means from learning using real-life objects and progressing on to using number symbols. To cement the meanings of symbols, the real- life representations can be left attached to numbers for a time, as sums are completed or counting aids used like the number line.

### Isolating concepts

This refers to helping a child to understand better by making the idea clear in the child’s mind. This means that though interest in the subject is of huge importance for motivation and concentration, interest material should not be allowed to confuse a learner. For example, some books for early learners fail because they allow supposed interest material to clutter a page and obscure the principle that needs to be taught.

Using a toy grasshopper or kangaroo, one can use it to hop along the pebble-numbered line to make it more interesting. You may ask, "How many hops to get to 8?" If you have the 100-square board/template, you may ask the child to colour the numbers the grasshopper or kangaroo has landed on…

For readings and tips on more multiplication ideas, the neighbourhood library would have this book entitled :- Help Your Child Learn the Times Table For Your 5-7 Year Old Child (Parents’ essentials) by Ken Adams.

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# How to teach multiplication

It’s a good article. I am trying to find appropriate material to teach my DS about groups of number. I read this thread about using coins, Lego blocks, mahjong chips.what else can I use?

# Buds, really love ur

Buds, really love ur blog

Thanks for sharing ðŸ™‚

tks for sharing

# Get ready for P1 activity books

Quote mintcc, "But those preschool get ready for P1 activities books from popular have multiplication and division woah…."

Muahahahaaa, mintcc! Joker lar you.. Aniwaes, as per the above quote, you said it yourself har.. "those preschool-get-ready-for-P1" activity books…  so i repeat my earlier observation okay… Your DS is only in K1 now right… right…?

bÜds

# But those preschool get

But those preschool get ready for P1 activities books from popular have multiplication and division woah….

# Thanks,Â buds.Â My ds is

Thanks, buds. My ds is 6yrs old, will be in pri 1 next year. I have checked out the syllabus outlined and it is pretty overwhelming. I think I will just stick to what I think ds (and me!) can handle .

Thanks for all the links, will read up on them. I have placed reservation with NLB for Ken Adams as well !

# Learning Mommies

Quote notabox, "Sorry, I am not a smart mommy. After the grasshopper part, I am lost !  Ds is able to understand 2 x 2 = 4 using the 2 blocks + 2 blocks way which is addition. But when it comes to 8 x 3 or 7 x 8, can’t expect ds to draw out all the blocks to count/add, right? What to do when the nunbers get bigger?"

We are all learning mommies and daddies here in KiasuParents.

1stly… how old is your DS? Secondly, you don’t hafta draw it out to do concrete impressions. You can use real blocks! Lego blocks.. linking blocks.. wooden (construction) toy blocks.. Some of us (like me!) use beads.. chips (ala mahjong chips).. beautiful ladybird pegs ( http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/content/multiplication-through-play-ladybird-pegging-game ) or even coins (so no need to buy materials). ðŸ˜‰ Addition is indeed the grouping theory for multiplication.

This article is but only one of the sharings on the topic of teaching children hands-on multiplication. If you care to know other ways or more ways, you can back read a few more pages within the forum threads.

Here’s the link to getcha there, notabox. http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum/viewtopic.php?p=47935#47935

More sharings in future when i have more time to post up, okie? Keep in touch!

bÜds

# yes, K1...hmmmm suppose to

yes, K1…hmmmm suppose to know multiplications, rite

# still no idea...

Sorry, I am not a smart mommy. After the grasshopper part, I am lost !  Ds is able to understand 2 x 2 = 4 using the 2 blocks + 2 blocks way which is addition. But when it comes to 8 x 3 or 7 x 8, can’t expect ds to draw out all the blocks to count/add, right? What to do when the nunbers get bigger?

# Concrete Concepts

Quote Sun_2010, "This is so useful, buds very well presented"

Thanks… liked what i read in his book, hence i thought it would be good to share a few excerpts with you guys here. His style is somewhat also how the Montessori Math methodology prides upon… from concrete to abstract. This way children can understand better and younger children can build on the concepts earlier without realising they are actually learning something so useful and in a future preparation for primary school education.

bÜds

Quote cantbearit2, "aiyo, the Ken Adams book is very popular lor.  went to the library to reserve but IM the 3rd on the waiting list.  sigh….  A lot of KS parents lor…. haha…."

Yes, his books offer concise information and he has more versions other than the multiplication ones… if i am not mistaken, he has other math editions as well and also Spelling For 5-7yr Olds.. Must double check again. Wah, didn’t know got waitlist for his book!

Okay, found it!

bÜds

# Multiplication @ K1

mintcc arh… your DS is now in K1, right?

bÜds

# super useful article :)Â

super useful article ðŸ™‚  Just starting to teach DS some simple multiplications. This really comes in handy

# Bookmark ;-)

Quote, autumbronze… "I am saving this in my Favourites.  Sure will need this in a couple of years time "

You bookmark mine, i oso bookmark yours (super handy literature articles!)

bÜds

# aiyo, the Ken Adams book is

aiyo, the Ken Adams book is very popular lor.  went to the library to reserve but IM the 3rd on the waiting list.  sigh….  A lot of KS parents lor…. haha….

Love your sharing.  Each time see "buds posting" = must see!!!!

Hope you can continue to share till term (don’t let BB wait for you to finish your blog then come out, ya?! haha…!!!)

# Â This is so useful,

This is so useful, buds

very well presented

Sun

# Thanks

Thanks for sharing this buds

I am saving this in my Favourites.  Sure will need this in a couple of years time