I’ve found the quickest ever way to learn your Times Tables! My son’s class are at different stages, and the teacher’s insisting they know them asap. So she wouldn’t be impressed with me. Embarrassingly, I still struggle with a few of the middle ones, though felt better when a friend told me she didn’t know hers off by heart. And she has a top degree in Economics!
Trying to get a child to learn something by rote that you don’t know yourself isn’t easy, but I normally use good old fashioned bluff to get me through. Until now.
Me: “Son, what is 8 x 6?”
Him: “Ummmm. Errrrrrr. Ummmm. (10 seconds later) …..
Me: “Yes, but you need to know it without thinking. Just like if someone asks your name”
Him: “Ha ha, you don’t know your Times Tables, Mum!”
Me (indignantly): “I jolly well do”
Him: “No you don’t. OK what’s 9 x 8? Go on. Quick!”
Me: “What do YOU think it is?” I ask, making a speedy calculation on my fingers
Him: “There you are, you don’t know. You’re moving your fingers”
Me: “Look this isn’t for my benefit (I hear my own mother saying), it’s for yours”
Him: “But we’ve got calculators nowadays! You only had a SLATE with CHALK in olden times!
Me: “Oh look, it’s our bus stop! Press the button quick and grab your backpack”
SAVED BY THE BELL!!!
So I devised some mnemonics to help him (me) learn something he (I) should have learnt a VERY long time ago. We are now having A LOT of fun and we’ve both (almost) got them all off pat.
Let me know if they help you.