Multiplication games that teach your child their:
A great strategy for 9's to use your fingers. It is like magic! Click on this link for a great visual of this strategy:
Another cool thing about 9's is that any single digit multiplied by 9 has a product that's digits when added together equal 9.
For example, 9 x 6=54 ( 5+4=9), 9 x 8=72 (7+2=9). Kids love this trick and it is a great way double check that you have the right answer.
It is very beneficial to count by 9's
Here is a song to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".
Twinkle twinkle number 9. ( twinkle, twinkle little star)
9,18,27 ( how I wonder what you are)
36 and 45 ( up above the sky so high)
54 and 63 ( like a diamond in the sky)
Twinkle, twinkle number, 9 now I'm feeling mighty fine.
Twinkle, Twinkle little star how I wonder what you are.
Give your child lots of practice doing multiplication problems using the strategy they like best.
DON'T FORGET.... although multiplication is communicative (2x6=6x2) they look different in real life. For example 2 six packs of soda would be 6x2 while, 6 packs of Hostess cupcakes (come in 2's) would be 2x6. It is good to make multiplication problems correct so there is no confusion later on.
Why is Skip Counting important?
Skip counting is very important to help build a solid foundation for multiplication. Skip counting is very similar to the concept of multiplication - fast adding or counting in multiples. Skip counting is also important when making equivalent fractions and finding common denominators.
The bottom line...skip counting is not just for little kids, everyone can benefit from knowing how to skip count faster.
I just love the using fingers to work with my son his multiplication facts. The best part is that children always have their fingers with them, so they can always use the trick. Yeah!!!
- Susan, mother of 2