Continuing in the series ‘Help your child master numeracy’, dyscalculia specialist Ronit Bird presents an ebook entirely devoted to learning and understanding multiplication tables.
Children who are expected to learn their tables facts simply as a list of numbers, without really understanding what they mean, often have difficulties recalling the facts reliably. The solution is to teach for understanding. This entails focusing on the concepts and the process – the way a child thinks and reasons – much more than on the answers.
In this book, children will be introduced to the area model of multiplication and division in a hands-on and multisensory way. Tables facts are modeled by counters arranged into arrays and Cuisenaire rods stacked to form rectangles. These models create patterns that are highly visual and memorable, which fosters the kind of visualisation techniques that are so important in the development of good mental arithmetic strategies.
If you have never come across Cuisenaire rods before, you are recommended to begin by working through the previous ebook in this series, Exploring Numbers Through Cuisenaire Rods.
Ronit Bird has developed the ideas in this book through her many years of experience working with children who struggle with numeracy. However, the methods are equally successful with children who are learning times tables for the first time.
This ebook contains 65 fully illustrated pages and 16 videos with a total running time of more than 75 minutes. The videos demonstrate exactly what to do and say as you work through the teaching activities and games. The book aims to show parents how to help their own child learn efficient calculation strategies based on logic and reasoning in order to develop a real understanding of times tables.
What a great book and a must for anyone teaching the timestable. I have come across many children who struggle with learning the timestable and flashcards we are told are the best. The way Ronit uses Cuisenaire Rods to model the timestable and to demonstrate how if you can’t remember the answer to one, you can use your knowledge of another to work out the other is pure genius. Any teacher would be incomplete unless they have read this book. Worth every penny.
Understanding Times Tables
As a parent of a child with dyscalculia we had long given up hope that he would ever learn and understand times tables. This book however approaches the subject differently; and with clear diagrams, text, demonstration videos and games, gives us hope that there is a way forward!
As with Ronit Bird's other publications this is another great book that is so beneficial when working with young people who are struggling to understand mathematical concepts.
Capable Mum incapable of helping child struggling with maths!
This is the most helpful and easy to follow resource I have come across. Traditional teaching and language around maths has proved confusing and some methods unreliable for my child (11y). This visual resource on concrete methods has built confidence and rapidly improved understanding of vital multiply and divide skills. The embedded videos can be expanded to full screen making them very easy to follow alongside your child, also appealing to their thirst for all things technology. I like the way that it is written, non-patronising in clear English with gentle reminders on how to best help your child as you work through the material. Thank you for this breakthrough in teaching methods, so enabling for both mum and child!