Teach Times Tables in one hour?

Child, sun with sunglasses and an elf happy and learning their times tables

You can Teach Times Tables in One Hour.  We do find that many children (and adults) have a shorter attention span.  Maybe it’s the conditioning we get by watching TV, since there is typically a commercial break about every 15-20 minutes.  So if you’re working with someone, perhaps just go for 20 minutes and then take a break.  Come back for two more sessions of 20 minutes each.  We’ve had many kids learn the times tables in 1 hour, whether broken up or not.  Every child is different.  Some may not want to stay focused for 20 minutes.  That’s fine.  Go for shorter times. Reviews will be useful to put this new information into long-term memory.

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Overcome mental blocks when Teaching Multiplication Tables

elf overcoming his mental blocks when learning the times tables

You can overcome mental blocks when teaching multiplication tables. Some children have had too many bad experiences trying to learning the multiplication times tables. Maybe the block happened when the child was put out into the hall to study lists of numbers and figures, or they were embarrassed during a verbal quiz in front of class. Regardless of the reason, using Kids Times Tables, you can take a detour around the child’s mental block. In fact, even if the child is firmly objecting to learning the times tables, you can use this system, with a twist.

Here’s how: 1) Find a way to just teach several stories up front. Wait to teach the child what the characters represent. For example, don’t explain up front that a skate represents the number 8. See if you can assist the child to learn at least 10 stories. That will be 1/3 of the 30 stories. Promise a reward if they can just humor you with this strange activity. Once they know the initial set of stories (e.g. Skate tosses Skate over the sticks and out the door), then make a big deal about how they are so smart, and you know they can totally learn anything. Use language appealing to the child. Next, teach the child what the characters represent. For example, explain that the skate is 8, sticks is 6, and door is 4. Explain they have just learned 8 x 8 = 64. Go over each story they have already learned, showing them the progress they have made.

Show them the paperwork that goes with the Kids Times Tables kit, so they can understand their progress. Be patient. Use the document abundantly, “101 Ways to Praise Your Child” that is included in the kit. If the child love to be photographed or video-taped, consider using the “Teach Times Tables with Action” concept in another blog post.

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Use Taste to Teach the Times Tables

elf waving with friendliness and taste

The three main modalities of learning are: Sight, Sound, and Kinesthetic (touch).  If you can get all three modes working together, that will improve results. The more modes you can use, the better.  Can “Taste” be a mode of learning?  Why not?  Haven’t you learned to like certain foods because of taste, texture, flavor, etc?  So find what the child likes as a treat, and use that treat as a reward for reaching certain milestones that you set.  It could be a cookie after finishing a 20-minute session, or it could be a bite of a treat after each successful fact learned using Kids Times Tables.  Make it Fun!  Learning is easier when having fun.  Use Taste to Teach the Times Tables

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Teach Times Tables with Action

two elves learning their times tables with action and fun

You can Teach Times Tables with Action.  There are three main modalities of learning: Sight, Hearing, and Action (going through the motions).  The action method is also called kinesthetic.  When some people learn a new song, they can do really well by reading and looking at the notes.  Others can learn a song just by hearing it a couple of times.  Others do best by actually singing the song, while also reading the notes.  It’s well known that the more modes of learning you can combine, the more effective the learning can be.  So to learn the times tables, consider using sight, sound, and action.

Using the multiplication example of 8 x 8, consider the story (see video) in Kids Times Tables where a skate tosses a skate over the sticks and out the door.  The instructions that come with every Kids Times Tables kit explains how to learn the rhyming stories using sight and hearing.  To use action, the child could pretend to be the skate that is getting tossed over the sticks and out the door.  Do you know of any young kids around 8 or 9 years old that have so much energy, they find it hard to sit down for 20 minutes?  Instead, create a safe environment for them to jump, roll, and just have fun going through the motions.  Better yet, get out your smartphone or camcorder and video tape your child making their own movie of learning the times tables.  Include the facts with sound (8 times 8 = 64) before, during, or after the action.  That will anchor the desired multiplication fact to the action.  Can you imagine how much fun the child is going to have watching themselves on the television, showing off to their siblings and friends?  If you can make that a fun experience for the child, can you see how they will be encouraged, and excited to do more filming, so they can do even better?  I don’t think the child will miss 8 x 8 = 64 on their next times tables quiz.  Do you?

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