When you read the title you will think how the kids in
kindergarten ages can learn multiplication. Normally, kids usually start
learning multiplication in 2

^{nd}or 3^{rd}grade, but it is not impossible for you to teach the concept of multiplication earlier. If you give them the way to answer the question or to do a task of multiplication, you will get nothing. You just can teach them a basic foundation of multiplication itself. Give them a basic foundation of multiplication with short, simple and regular lesson. The point is making your lesson become fun and friendly. You just have to know**how to teach multiplication to kindergarten**. Because when you know the method, you will make the appropriate learning process. Here some trick that you can do at home:## How to teach multiplication to kindergarten using manipulatives

All you need to this method is peanuts,
toys characters, or button as manipulative things. Then you ask your child to
choose three toys characters and put 2 buttons in front of each character. Your children have to count how many button
they have in front of the characters. They will have total 6 buttons. After
this process, you give short explanation why the total is 6. First you can say
addition concept by saying 2 plus 2 plus 2 equal 6 and then you also say
another explanation by saying in different ways that three groups of toys
character with 2 buttons also become 6. Say that not only with words but also with
your body language. For example sweep your fingers over the entire button when
you point out the total of 6. Continue this process with various amount of
number but keep in small number. Your focus is say to your children that the
first number represents a number of groups and the second number of items in
each group.

### How to teach multiplication to kindergarten by doing problems on Paper

After you teach the concepts using
manipulatives object, try to do some problems on paper per a day. Make a story
first before you ask your children. For example, a gardener is collecting
tomatoes from his garden. He has 2 baskets and he fills 3 tomatoes for each
basket. How many tomatoes did he collect altogether? On a paper you draw a
picture about this problem and ask your children to count the amount of
tomatoes. First write 3+3= 6, say to your children that addition is one way to
know the amount of tomatoes, then you write 2x3=6. Explain to your children
that this is another way to know the amount of tomatoes. Say 2 groups of 3
tomatoes are equal to 6. Point out to them that 2 is represent a number of
basket and 3 is represent a number of tomatoes and the 6 is represent a number
of altogether.

#### How to teach multiplication to kindergarten by using mental math

Once you have been doing problems for a while,
move onto mental math problems. For example you have two candies and your
brother has two candies. How many candies are altogether? If they say four, you
say yes then say to them that 2 times 2
is 4 and two groups of two things is equal 4. Keep in small number at this
point. Your focus is for helping your children understand the basic concepts of
multiplication.

That’s some method of how to teach multiplication to kindergarten. Try the method step by step and make sure that the learning
situation is fun and friendly don’t force your children to understand as quick
as possible. Let your children understand by themselves.

## 2 comments:

Superb article on teaching multiplication to kindergarten students! I can’t wait to try this in my Phoenix pre-k classroom. I hope my students will also learn this quickly! Well, thanks for this great share!

It is true that teaching concept of multiplication earlier can be a great advantage for your kid. I am impressed with your fun ways of teaching multiplication. I will surely try all this when teaching my kids. Personally I use this website http://www.kidsfront.com/english/correct_age_1.html for such inspirations to teach educational stuff to them.

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