We started multiplication today and man are the kids excited. I hope that excitement continues through the next six or seven weeks as we move through all of the multiplication and division facts. All of the students are bringing home a letter today that tells them in which order they need to study the multiplication facts. The first timed test will be next Friday and it has the 0, 1, and 2's facts on them. They must complete 40 problems in 3 minutes. Please remember that I will teach them the why of the facts, you need to help them memorize the facts by using the flash cards each night. Today we learned: Multiplication as Repeated Addition
We discovered today that all multiplication is, is repeated addition. For example: 4 groups of 3 is written as 4 X 3=. The 4 is the number of groups and the 3 is the number of things in each group. The students would add up 3+3+3+3=12, so 4 x 3= 12.
They could not believe that they already knew how to multiply. Please continue helping with this at home. I have enjoyed meeting with all of you at conferences.