Printable multiplication worksheets are great resources for young mathematicians. A 13 x 13 multiplication worksheet is an ideal tool for children to learn and memorize the times tables. Starting from grade 4 and upwards, children begin getting involved in many topics of multiplication such as multiple digit multiplication, factors, and mental multiplication.
Using Structured Drill to Memorize Multiplication Tables
The structured drill method is designed in such a way that the learning child sees the structure of the multiplication table in front of the student without any given answers. The teacher will then point to the multiplication problems in a random way. The multiplication table is also practiced backward when the full table is written in a correct order, with the first multiplicands missing.
Seeing the structure of the table for the student makes the learning task much easier because it reminds the child of this pattern in skip-counting. This provides an auditory, visual and kin-esthetic cue for the child. This happens as the teacher points to the various multiplication problems, moving up and down the multiplication table, and the child does the same movements. The teacher both says the problem out loud (auditory) and points to the problem (visual).
The main goal of drilling is to enable the child to memorize a particular table of multiplication, and it is usually done after making the child understand the multiplication concept. Always make the child understand the goal is memorizing the math facts by recalling from memory, and not by any form of counting. When using the drilling method, answers from the child should be expected immediately. If the student does not know the answer from memory, provide the correct answer on the spot to create a lasting memory. Drilling lessons should be short, lasting between 5 – 10 minutes, and should also be frequent to ensure the child doesn’t forget.
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