Learning times tables is really important. After all, they’re the building blocks of maths, and with your multiplications mastered, you can do almost anything! Here are some of the ways in which memorising tables can benefit your child.
Learning one table makes it easier to learn others
By starting with basic tables and building up, children can learn number rules which will make learning other tables easier. For example, once you know your 2 times table, you can learn your 4 times table simply by doubling the answers!
Tables help with mental arithmetic
Memorising tables makes it far quicker and easier for children to work out maths problems in their heads. It can also help to develop the ability to internally add, subtract and divide!
Tables can help you understand other mathematical concepts
Knowing their times tables can also help your child more readily grasp other important aspects of maths, such as fractions, division and percentages.
Knowing your times tables increases confidence!
Perhaps most importantly, memorising their tables will give your child confidence in their own skills – there’s nothing more ‘grown up’ than not having to use your fingers to work out an answer! This confidence will help them in SATs or other assessments, and ultimately, ease their move into secondary education.
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Article by Lucy at DoodleMaths.