From: Debra Muse
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Teaching multiplication basic facts
For understanding to occur, I suggest teaching basic facts using hands-on manipulatives and arrays. Arrays are 'pictures' of the facts. You may use chips, counters, buttons, paper clips, etc. or graph paper cut in rectangles. For example, if you were multiplying 3 x 4, lay out 3 rows of objects with 4 in each row. Your child can count the number of objects and 'see' why 3 x 4 = 12!
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