We are currently studying multi digit multiplication and some of the homework & class work your child will be bringing home might look pretty strange. While I will be showing them the "old school " method (that is how MOST of us adults do it), I will be teaching them a few other methods as well. This serves the purpose of giving them a deeper conceptual understanding of multiplication, as well as gives them a few more "tools" in the tool box. One of the methods is known as the lattice method and the other is called area model or all partials. There is an example above. In time, your child will be able solve problems using various strategies, as well as being able to explain how they are alike/different and how they work.