Multiplication is the art of adding groups of things efficiently.
Imagine having three baskets of apples, with each basket holding four apples. Instead of counting each apple, you'd simply multiply 3 (baskets) by 4 (apples per basket) to get 12 (total apples). Not only is this method faster, but it also helps in understanding the concept of multiplication.
Now, to aid in this process, we use a multiplication chart known as the times table. This chart isn't just about multiplying two numbers; it's about recognizing patterns, using skip counting and memorizing for good practice.
For instance, pretend you want to multiply 7 by 6. Using the times table, you'd find 7 in a top row and 6 in a left column. Draw an imaginary line down from 7 and another one across from 6. Where they meet, you'd find your answer: 42.