How can I help my child understand multiplication?

Sep 18, 2020 | Location West Washington

Why is the transition to multiplication so challenging for many kids? Let’s hear from Jenny Colletti, the Director of Education for our NWDC students:


Our Director of Education talks about the importance of multiplication.

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Jenny speaks: “We learn to add before we learn to multiply. Why? Well because multiplication is repeated addition. When we multiply, we add equal groups. A lot of kids don’t understand that. One of my favorite questions to ask is what is 12 x 12. 144. Ok, great. Now, I ask what’s 12 x 13. There is a logical and efficient way to get to that answer by using your knowledge of 12 x 12. You could just add another group of 12. 144 + 12 = 156. We didn’t get there with memorization, but rather we had the tools of understanding what multiplication is.”


Our Multiplication Fact Fluency Program: we teach our students strategies that include and extend their knowledge further than the standard 12-by-12 times tables.

Foundational concepts include:

  • count-bys, 
  • repeated addition, 
  • commutativity, 
  • launching points, and
  • word problems.


Our NW DC math experts can help your child master multiplication. Self-schedule an assessment for your child today either in our Cathedral Heights center - OR - on our video-conference platform. You can also fill out this quick form and we’ll call you back ASAP! 

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