Kids learn numbers fast and they might have a feeling that learning maths is as simple as counting 1, 2, 3. But this enthusiasm in children is often short-lived because as soon as they step inside a classroom, they will witness a new mathematical world, where addition, subtraction, multiplication and division play a major part. Although kids find it easy to learn addition and subtraction, we realise that multiplication and division are their sore spots.
We cannot blame our children if they are reluctant to learn maths. Despite being a dry subject, there are ways we can make maths interesting. Here, we will see how to solve multiplication sums and divide sums through real examples and situations. When we teach kids through things that are familiar to them, they will easily understand and learn them. In this way, we can develop an interest in kids for the subject of mathematics.
The simple division is used to divide small numbers. Let us understand this term with an example. Suppose, a girl has a packet of 60 chocolates and she must distribute them to her class of 20 students. How many chocolates will a student get? In this example, it is clear that 60 chocolates need to be divided among 20 students. So, a student gets 3 chocolates each.
Now, let us familiarise our kids with the terms of division. In the above example, 60 is the dividend (the number which we divide) and 20 is the divisor (the number by which we divide). The result that we get is called the quotient (in this case, it is 3) and the remaining number after division is called the remainder (here, it is 0).
Maths is not a difficult subject for children. If they understand the concept, it is easy to divide sums. By continuously practising, they will be able to memorise the method and they will no longer approach the subject with any grudges.
Just like division, multiplication sums are the major causes of worry among children. Remembering the multiplication tables is itself a task and it is not surprising if they are annoyed by the task of multiplying big numbers. They might even question the need to study multiplication. They may not realise it now but when they grow up and enter the real world, maths will be an integral part of their lives.
So, as parents and teachers, we have to make the subject interesting and fun. Learning multiplication tables is the first step to mastering multiplication sums. Though it might be simple for us to remember the tables of 2,3,4,…8, and 9, kids might feel discouraged at first when they listen to the tables. Moreover, it will be a huge task to make them sit and help them to by heart multiplication sums.
To inspire kids to learn these tables, it is best to introduce them to flashcards and other exciting activities like worksheets. Since children will be visually stimulated through these cards and sheets, it will be easy to grab their attention and teach them multiplication sums. You can either buy these cards online or print the worksheets so that children will have a real-time learning experience. You can also add more fun to it by making the flashcards yourselves and asking your kids to join you.
When children develop an interest to divide sums and solve simple multiplication sums from a young age, they will have no difficulty understanding the subject as they reach higher classes as they will have already laid a strong foundation by then. Thus, we can make maths accessible for all students by teaching them in creative ways.