How are Tables taught in school?
In 1st and 2nd Class we practise Tables, in a concrete way, using lollipop sticks and unifix cubes. We also use the table book.
Children learn in different ways. Many respond to working with concrete objects; lollipop sticks, cubes, smarties. Some children learn best by singing or chanting the table. For some, keeping track of their Tables on their fingers (a kinaesthetic approach) helps.
Towards of 2nd class multiplication is introduced as repeated addition.
In class the children learn about number patterns and learn to count in 2s, 4s, 5s, etc., using the hundred square.
How can parents help?
Tables are regularly given as homework. Sometimes children think that
homework of a ‘learning off’ type is less important than written
homework. But learning Tables is very important. Learning Tables needn’t
be done at the kitchen table. You can work on them with your child on the
journey to and from school or while waiting in the supermarket queue!
What else can parents do?
• Let your children see, that you place value on learning Tables; that
you think Tables are important.
• Show your child how quickly an answer should be arrived at!
• Find out what your child already knows.THIS game
is useful for checking tables.
• Scroll down THIS link
on our school website to find online activities
for learning tables
• Focus on what your child needs to learn.
• Involve them in setting goals.
• Monitor progress in such a way that they too can see it.
• Be encouraging.
• Praise success.
• Spend quality time together practicing.
• Have fun!
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