**It might seem like your child will never remember the times tables**

It does not seem fair; some children find learning the times tables so easy. They start at about age of 7 and within a few months or the year they know them all up to 12! Some children start even younger. However, this is not the case for may children. These children struggle to
remember basics and never seem to grasp the idea behind the times tables. This causes parents anxiety and leaves them feeling helpless. This is not to say the child is not capable, it just means they need a longer
time before they can remember all facts. How long they need - well, that just depends on the child. How can we help a
child that is struggling? The good news is all children with perseverance and a systematic approach they will learn the times tables but it may not be easy, but if will be painless!

**Start from an early age**

One thing to
remember for the future, is that you should start when they are about 7 years
old. Once a child is secure with adding and subtraction, can count in 2's,
3's, and 10's, counting backwards and forwards then I believe they are ready to tackle the times tables. From my
experience, these children understand basic maths and can easily be taught the
concept of row, columns and groups. Research has shown that 'giving children an early maths boost is significant because previous studies have shown that differences in mathematical ability between children in the first year at school persist into secondary education'.

**Start by explaining rows and column**
Even if your
child has some understanding of the times tables facts you should still refresh
the basics. Show them rows and columns using arrays and explain to them
how this works. There are plenty of videos onmultiplication arrays that can your child understand the
basics. Arrays are a good starter to introducing children to the world of
times tables and a good model for checking that they understand the concept of
multiplication. The last thing you want your child to just memorise the facts without understanding the concept behind it.

Always start with the multiples first (e.g. 3, 6, 9 , 12, 15). This ways the child understands that multiplication is basically adding on.

**Here is a video on arrays.****Always teach the multiples first**Always start with the multiples first (e.g. 3, 6, 9 , 12, 15). This ways the child understands that multiplication is basically adding on.

**Use objects to help them**

Arrays are an excellent way for a child to
visualise what the times tables are. Once
you start using the arrays to model and visually see multiplication working,
you can then also use objects to ....arrays so the child can see and move
objects.

**Use different resources to learn the times tables**

Remember there
is not just one way to learn the times tables. Think about times tables worksheet, number squares, songs, board games, printable games video games and books as a great way to learn the times
tables. Board games such as snakes and ladders have been shown to increase the mathematical abilities of children.

**Parent and Child together**

Learn with your
child. Play a game with them for - example times tables snap. Do not constantly
test them. When my son was younger, we used to test each other. I only had a
few seconds to answer 4 questions, and he had 'lots of seconds' seconds to answer one. Not surprisingly, he won most of the time. He enjoyed this. I obviously gave him an advantage, but learning should be about having fun and learning together. I sure did get quicker at recalling
the times tables. Also, when we played times tables snap - I had to snap twice
in a row before I could take up the two cards. There are plenty of easy ways to help
your child learn the times tables - just give them an advantage.

**Give them time - it could take years**

I found that you
just need to give children time. We often forget that they have so many things
they are learning - maths, English, science and social skills. Sometimes it
just takes time and constant practice before they master the multiplication
tables.

**Give encouragement and praise**

Make sure you
are generous with your praise and encouragement. Many children seek praise from their parents and if it is not forthcoming, they no longer want to try that
activity. Give plenty of praise and explain to them that it will take time but a little
and often will soon get them there. Make sure you smile and your praise is
genuine. Children can see through false smiles.

At the end of the day there are no easy ways to learn the times tables, but there are plenty of things you can do to make it more enjoyable and easier to understand.

At the end of the day there are no easy ways to learn the times tables, but there are plenty of things you can do to make it more enjoyable and easier to understand.

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