Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fourth grade math: Multiplication

Fourth grade math: Multiplication
There are not a lot of surprises in fourth grade math. It is no surprise that your child will continue to work with multiplication. The difference between what your child may have learned in third grade and what is expected of them in fourth grade is that the problems will contain larger numbers. For example, you child will be expected to multiply three, four, or five digit numbers by two digit numbers. Don’t be discouraged if your child didn’t seem to get multiplication tables in third grade. Fourth grade will give them a new chance to get those multiplication tables packed down. Even though multiplication is started in third grade, many students don’t seem to catch on, or truly understand multiplication until later. This poses a problem for students in public school, but for children in homeschool situations parent/teachers are able to put in the extra one-on-one time with their students. One way to help your child pack down those multiplication facts is to let them play online games that will let them practice in a fun environment. Improving the fun level and easing the pressure of learning the multiplication tables, along with a little bit more maturity often means that fourth grade is the year that multiplication begins to make sense to your child.

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