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How to teach multiplication facts
By: Thaddeus Falana, M.Ed
Many elementary and middle school students struggle with math because of their inability to recall multiplication facts. It is imperative that students learn the multiplication tables as it is used in division, fractions and other higher level math skills. If you are a parent and are looking to assist your child with his/her multiplication facts, here are a few steps to help you along the way:
Step 1
2 
3 
4 
5 
10 
11 
2 x 1 
3 x 1 
4 x 1 
5 x 1 
10 x 1 
11 x 1 
2 x 2 
3 x 2 
4 x 2 
5 x 2 
10 x 2 
11 x 2 
2 x 3 
3 x 3 
4 x 3 
5 x 3 
10 x 3 
11 x 3 
2 x 4 
3 x 4 

5 x 4 
10 x 4 
11 x 4 
2 x 5 
3 x 5 

5 x 5 
10 x 5 
11 x 5 
2 x 6 
3 x 6 

5 x 6 
10 x 6 
11 x 6 
2 x 7 
3 x 7 

5 x 7 
10 x 7 
11 x 7 
2 x 8 
3 x 8 

5 x 8 
10 x 8 
11 x 8 
2 x 9 
3 x 9 

5 x 9 
10 x 9 
11 x 9 
2 x 10 
3 x 10 
4 x 10 
5 x 10 
10 x 10 

2 x 11 
3 x 11 
4 x 11 
5 x 11 
10 x 11 

Step 2
6 
7 
8 
6 x 1 
7 x 1 
8 x 1 
6 x 2 
7 x 2 
8 x 2 
6 x 3 
7 x 3 
8 x 3 
Step 3
4 
7 
8 
11 
12 
4 x 7 
7 x 4 
8 x 4 
11 x 11 
12 x 11 
4 x 8 
7 x 6 
8 x 7 
11 x 12 
12 x 12 

7 x 8 
8 x 8 


Step 4
6 
7 
8 
6 x 5 
7 x 5 
8 x 5 
Step 5
6 x 6 
6 x 4 
6 x 8 
Step 6
9 x 1 
9 x 2 
9 x 3 
9 x 4 
9 x 5 
9 x 6 
9 x 7 
9 x 8 
9 x 9 
9 x 10 
Use the following trick to teach the 9 times table:
Step 7
12 x 1 
12 x 2 
12 x 3 
12 x 4 
12 x 5 
12 x 6 
12 x 7 
12 x 8 
12 x 9 
12 x 10 
Again, drill your child with flash cards everyday until facts are memorized
It is recommended that parents purchase workbooks that offer ample worksheets for your child to use for practice. Visit: wwwoneononetutor.com and visit the bookstore which offers a wide array of student workbook.
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