Helping Your Children Learn How To Multiply

November 10, 2008

This semester I learned from a parent that kids are being taught how to multiply using different strategies than the traditional one we grew up with. This is great since kids that have different learning styles can use the strategy they understand or like the most to reach the same result. The only problem is that you may not be able to help your children with multiplication homework if you don’t know the strategies. I certainly didn’t know any of these strategies until today.

I hope this blog helps you help your children with their multiplication homework.

Here are some videos that demonstrate different multiplication strategies one of which may be the one your child is learning to use.

This video is directed towards parents and it demonstrates The Traditional Way we use to multiply, The Breakdown (called distributive property in the second video) and The Box:

In this video, children explain 4 Double Digit Multiplication Strategies: The Snowball Effect, Hundreds-Tens-Tens-Ones, The Distributive Property (same as The Breakdown) and The Old School (same as the Traditional Way):

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The Lattice Multiplication Strategy (it looks like this girl is in a restaurant explaining to her dad how to use this strategy!):

I found more videos with different strategies but I will not attach them all or this blog will be inundated with videos. Here are some of the video titles and authors you can use to search in

  • Fast Multiplication Technique Part 1 and Part 2 from expertvillage
  • Quick Math Tricks: Multiplying Large Numbers by 5 from expertvillage
  • multiplication using vedic mathematics from shailyvipul
  • Cluster Strategy for Multi-digit Multiplication from SuperDubb007
  • Compensation Strategies for Multiplication from lindseyacadia

There are many more videos and some that repeat the strategies but those are the ones I found most useful.

Have you found yourself in this situation of not being able to help your kids with multiplication homework? Was this information useful to you?