Draw a grid that is 10 squares across and 10 squares down. Number the rows 1 to 10 down the side and number the columns 1 to 10 across the top. Every square in the grid will be in a numbered row and a numbered column.
To complete the grid, fill in each square with its multiplication answer—the number of the row it is in times the number of the column. For example, in the square of the 2 row and the 3 column, your child would write “6” because 2 x 3 is 6.
Let your child take as much time filling out the grid as needed. It's OK to use a calculator at first. As children fill out the grid, they'll begin to see patterns—that 2 x 3 is the same as 3 x 2, for example.
Post the grid somewhere easy to see—the refrigerator is a good place. That way, it's easy to fill in squares as your child figures out the answers. When your child has filled it in completely, put up a new grid. This time, it will probably take less time to fill it out. That's good. Soon the times tables will be learned.
You can even play games with the grid. For example, time your child to see how long it takes to complete the entire grid. Or see how many squares they can complete within 2 or 3 minutes. Or start at the lower right corner and try to fill in the grid from bottom to top.
This is an easy, fun way to make the multiplication tables a lasting part of your child's learning.
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