Most problems with multiplication facts are with facts beyond 5 X 5
Memorization becomes an issue for some students
They are not able to relate the process to memory alone
Using the break apart method, (distributive property), students can associate the advanced fact to a set of facts they have already learned.
The break apart also develops the distributive property of math.
6 X 7 =
5 7's + 1 7 = 35 + 7 = 42
(5 + 1) X 7
students know facts up to the fives and can add together
Eventually the fact is incorporated into memory and students learn the distributive property