This is a post for Grade 2 students.

I am sure that you must have learnt addition & subtraction by now. Now, it is time for times tables. My aim is to make times tables (multiplication) ‘simple & visual’ for you.

What is multiplication?

Me : Does the sign of multiplication (×) look similar to the sign of addition (+) to you ?

Student : Hmm….yeah. It looks kinda turned a bit.

Me : Yes, multiplication is also addition, just with a little twist 😉

Student : Twist?

Me : If you calculate 2 + 3 + 4 + 5, it is called addition. But, if you calculate 2 + 2 + 2 +2, it is called multiplication.

Student: You mean that a few ‘special additions’ are called multiplication!

Me : Yes, you got it right. When we add the same number again and again, we call it multiplication.

Student : That means “Multiplication is nothing but repeated addition.”

Me : Bang on!

Why do we need times tables?

Me:  When in doubt, ask a few questions 🙂

If I give you 2 candies every day (this is just an assumption ;), how many candies will you get in 5 days?

Student: 2 + 2+ 2+ 2 +2 = 10 candies

Me : You know that I don’t like giving candies to my students. So, if I give you 2 apples every day, how many apples will you get in 5 days?

Student: 2 + 2+ 2+ 2+ 2 = 10 apples

Me : The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics. Now, if I give you 2 worksheets everyday, how many worksheets will you get in 5 days?

Student: 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 10 worksheets

Me : Did you observe something?

Student : Yes, I am getting answer 10 every time.

Me : In each example, you are adding 2 five times (2+2+2+2+2) . If you don’t want to calculate it again and again, won’t it be useful to remember the value of ‘5 times 2’ ?

Student: Yes, it will be very useful. Then, I won’t have to add again and again. I can save some time and that will give me more play time 😉

Me: Perfect! That’s what I call smart approach. Let’s calculate a few ‘repeated additions’.

1 times 2 = 2

2 times 2 = 2 + 2 = 4

3 times 2 = 2 + 2 + 2 = 6

4 times 2 = 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 8

……….. you can continue in the same manner.

We store all these ‘times’ additions in a table form. Hence the name ‘times table’.

Let’s draw our own times tables!

I am a huge fan of Visual Maths. I would strongly recommend all the young learners to draw their times tables atleast once. Sharing a sample of such work: Dear parents, once the children ‘see’ what is going on behind the scenes, it is no more a chant which they need to recite in a specific rhythm and mug it blindly. They can just calculate their times tables rather than rote-learning. Let’s master our times tables!

Practice makes it perfect.

Let’s practice our multiplication skill and master our times tables.

Rote learning might help children in reciting the times tables accurately, but they would have no idea what the numbers actually mean. I sincerely hope that this article will make times tables ‘simple & visual’ for our young learners.

Please let us know if it proves to be useful for your children/students.

## 2 thoughts on “Time for Times Tables”

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