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Teaching Times Tables.

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Hedwig06 Thu 18-Apr-13 14:28:17

I wondered if anyone had any ideas how primary school teach children the times tables.
I am attempting this at home and I don't want to be teaching my DS the "wrong" way and it confuse him if the school start to teach him another way.

Many thanks x

secretscwirrels Thu 18-Apr-13 15:56:20

When my Ds2 was at primary they taught them to count up in 2s, 3s, 4s etc.

The result was hopeless.
I was a parent helper and the majority of children when asked 7 x 6 had to count on their fingers 7, 14,21,28 etc.
DS was getting nowhere so I taught him the old fashioned way by rote. There is nothing "wrong" with being able to do fast mental arithmetic whichever way you do it.

ThreeBeeOneGee Thu 18-Apr-13 19:03:09

I think it helps to teach them in a certain order.

Start with 10x 2x and 5x

Then do 3x and 4x, then 6x

Ideally, they should understand each 'fact' from all angles, so
3 x 4 = 12
4 x 3 = 12
12 / 3 = 4
12 / 4 = 3

eatyourveg Thu 18-Apr-13 20:06:25

Not sure why but both ds 2 and ds3 knew the 9x before any of the others. I thought it was from hearing ds1 singing his tables and the poster we had on the wall by the table where they eat. Both of them though claim it is the easiest to learn as the tens go up on one side as the units go down. 09 18 27 36 45.. proof that we all learn differently, as it had never crossed my mind to think of it like that

Normally though I would think the easiest order would be 10 then 5 2 3 4 11 6 8 7 9 12 and singing them helps with embedding.

Hedwig06 Fri 19-Apr-13 08:39:32

Thanks everyone. I hadn't even thought if a poster hmm

I'm off to have a google and then we'll start this weekend x

BrigitBigKnickers Fri 19-Apr-13 08:45:43

I think it also helps to learn certain facts along the tables so they are not too overwhelmed by having to learn them all at once.

I teach it by doubles and halves.
E.g. 2x then double for the 4 x then double again for the 8 x.
3x double for 6 then double again for 12

10 x is easy them half for the 5x
9x is one less than the 10 x number.
11x is easy
7 x is one more than the 6 x number.

So if they learn the 2 x, 3 x 5 x and 10 x first then they have some points along the table for all the others.

blueemerald Thu 25-Apr-13 21:39:33

I learnt my times tables by listening to songs. I had a tape that did (for example)
1X6=6........12X6=6 then 1X6= (silence for the listener to answer)......12X6 =(silence) and then jumbled them up 4X6= 1X6= 8X6= and so on.

"Times Tables the fun way" on Itunes follows this pattern.

Bonbonchance Fri 26-Apr-13 11:31:52

If he's right at the very beginning of it, you usually start with understanding the concept of repeated addition (ie 3x4 is a quicker way of doing 4+4+4) and lots of physical grouping e.g. using cubes to make 3 groups of 4 then seeing how many you have). Helps lots and links to division and their understanding of how 4+4+4 links to 3x4 and 12 divided by 4 etc.

If he understands the concepts and is memorising facts, lots of work on 2,5,10 times tables (easiest ones) counting in 2/5/10s, games, multiplication squares etc. Then usually add 3,4 then 6,7,8,9 tables.

Bonbonchance Fri 26-Apr-13 11:33:54

Oh and when he gets to it, the 9 times table is magic! All the answers add up to 9 (3x9=27....2+7=9)!

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