Making multiplication tables easy

Sheela Iyer

ppackOne thing that all parents and teachers are in universal agreement with is that children should memorize the multiplication tables. But we also know that memorizing the tables is something that all children hate.

Following the ideas of the math educationist, late P K Srinivasan, I tried out some ideas to help my class three children realize that learning the tables could actually be fun. Srinivasan had said, “Do not force children to memorize but help them remember by repeated practice”.

I felt instead of getting children to memorize the tables, they could be taught to “construct” the tables and use them repeatedly. This could be an interesting exercise, which would also help them remember most of the multiplication facts.

I had already taught my children the meaning of 2 X 3, 3 X 4 by grouping tokens and by using plastic tongue cleaners. I had also shown them how these multiplication facts could be put in a table.

The author is a Mathematics teacher at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Vidyamandir, Reliance Township, Jamnagar. She can be reached at sheela.iyer@ril.com.

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