Over the next few weeks, your child will be learning multiplication to 9X9=81. Your child will use a variety of strategies to learn and remember these facts, so that your child will either recall or be able to apply a strategy to find each fact.
To reinforce the concepts your child is learning at school, you and your child can work on some at-home activities such as these:
·Look for things that come in 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s and 9s, and then ask and answer questions such as, “Our house has 5 front steps. How many front steps would 6 houses like ours have?”
·Locate items that come in arrays and identify multiplication facts for each array. For example, a carton of eggs shows an array. The related facts are 2x6=12, 6x2=12
·If you have a pet, figure out the age of your pet in “human” years. Every year a cat lives, it ages 5 human years. Every year a dog lives, it ages 7 human years.
You may want to visit the Nelsom website at www.nelson.com/mathfocus for more suggestions to help your child learn mathematics and develop a positive attitude toward learning mathematics. As well, you can check the Nelson website for links to other websites that provide online tutorials, math problems, brainteasers, and challenges.