I’m going to share an unconventional technique to learn the times tables that is ten times more effective than rote memorization….keep reading!
Why can’t my child get their multiplication tables mastered?
If you are asking this question, you are not alone. Many parents experience the frustration and anguish of watching their child struggle to master their times tables. One day they might have all the times tables down pat, and the next day they totally forget. Why? Quite simply because the standard, rote memorization method just doesn’t work for ALL children.
What to do when repetitive rote methods of learning the times tables do NOT work for your child.
As the founders of Times Tales, we have heard thousands of testimonies from parents through the years, lamenting how much time they have spent on multiplication flashcard drills with little to no success. However, once their child switched over to a right-brain presentation of the times tables, things started to “click”, and the answers to the times tables finally were able to “stick”.
Will my child fall behind if they don’t get their times tables down?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is most likely, “yes”. Proficiency in rapid recall of the answers to multiplication facts is a foundational math skill. Just because a student understands the concept of multiplication, does not mean that they can come up with the answers to the times tables, especially the upper, most difficult facts. While the lower times tables can easily be computed through reverting to addition (if the student gets stuck) the upper times tables usually have to be mastered through memorization.
Not all memorization methods are created equally!
Rote memorization for mastery of the multiplication tables is currently the standard method taught in most schools in the US and Canada. But just because it is the way things have been done for years, does NOT mean it is necessarily the best way for children to learn the times tables.
Most kids have a higher success rate in a shorter amount of time when learning the times tables with a mnemonic system.
We believe there is a better, more improved method to teach children their multiplication tables! And we have had literally thousands of testimonies from satisfied parents and students that say they FINALLY achieved success when no other method worked.
The memorization method that has proven so successful for children to learn their times tables is through mnemonics.
The “tale” for 7x4 is as follows: Mrs. Week sat on a chair and fished. She caught 2 boots and 8 trout.
Keep reading to see how this simple story acts as a memory "peg" to easily and quickly recall the answer!
What are mnemonics and how can that help my child to finally get their times tables memorized?
Mnemonics are a technique to improve the retention of information through symbolic associations. In the case of the Times Tales program, numbers in the math facts are turned into memorable characters in a story. Once the student learns the Times Tales story (there is one story for each upper multiplication fact) the answer to the problem is quickly triggered via the story.
How do the numbers in the Times Tales stories trigger the answer to the multiplication problem?
Most children will naturally be drawn more to a story than a group of numbers set in front of them. And the more silly the story, the more they will “tune in”. The Times Tales mnemonic, multiplication program makes a silly, memorable tale (or story) that children just do not forget. And IF they remember the story, they will most DEFINITELY know the answer, since the answer is embedded within the story.
Here is an example of how Times Tales works:
The number seven represents a character named Mrs. Week. Why is she called that? It’s again, through association, because there are seven days in a week. The number four represents the chair. What is the association? The chair has a hidden number four within the picture. Mrs. Week sat on a chair and fished. She caught 2 boots and 8 trout.
When the student sees the seven and four, the story that had both of those elements comes to mind. Voila! The answer (28) to the multiplication fact instantly comes to mind!
How long will a child have the times tables memorized through this method?
We have heard that once learned, children remember the Times Tales stories years later. The brain is such an amazing tool that sometimes just needs a little tweaking. It is truly an amazing thing to watch…especially when no other method of memorization worked before.
How can I learn more about Times Tales?
If you would like to try out Times Tales with your children, we suggest trying our free sample. The streaming sample, will guide the student through the 6 step mnemonic process that is in the full version of Times Tales. It only takes about 15 minutes and your child will have 9x6, 9x7, 9x8, and 9x9 memorized…and they will still remember the next day, and even weeks later!
How can I get the FREE sample of Times Tales?
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See a teacher explain how the mnemonic memorization program, Times Tales works.