Week 17: Multiplication Skills Application
Skipping weeks is highly discouraged. Many children already know the concepts covered in this week’s lesson. However, it is critical that they experience these activities, so that the concepts become more firmly rooted in their brains.
Repetition Is Key
Each time your student or child repeats this activity, the pathways in the brain that form understanding for these concepts, become larger and stronger. Your child may already know how to count, but this is not the only goal. Skipping weeks will decrease your child’s opportunity for this important repetition.
Time: 20 minutes each day for five days.
Instructions: Explain to the student that they are going to play a game with baskets of apples. Have the students follow along, and answer the questions in the game above.
Purpose: Students are asked to process the multiplication problem without visual clues. This is a critical step in transferring these skills into real world application.
Help students by reminding them from where the numbers in the multiplication problem, and solution come. Students should be encouraged to imagine or visualize the apples and baskets inside their heads.
Use Math Vocabulary:
Parents and teachers should not be afraid to use math vocabulary with the student. Words such as “multiply”, “times”, and “equals”, will help prepare the child for success with math.
Encourage students to say the following or a similar sentence out loud with each new math problem. “seven times two equals fourteen”. Replace the numbers in this sentence with the actual numbers for each problem.
Students should not be allowed to forget the concepts learned. Children should be encouraged to continually practice by using the math flash cards provided on this website.