Did you know that January is a BIG month for children, teachers, and moms, when it comes to learning the times tables? What is so special about January? It’s the midway point for most school years, which also means kids SHOULD have their times tables mastered and are ready to APPLY their new skills to bigger and better math!
What you Need if your Children are still Struggling to Master the Times Tables?
For many children, mastering the times tables can be a breeze with traditional rote memorization methods. But what about the student that just can’t seem to make those facts stick – they remember them one day, and forget the next? There is a solution that will catch students up fast – and I mean lightening speed fast – MNEMONICS!
Mnemonics are a PROVEN Method of Memorization
How can THIS work so well when other methods fail? Because learning by rote memorization incorporates the left brain, which is more logical and analytical. You can think of the “lefty side” as more of the “processing center” for math. However, MEMORIZING is NOT PROCESSING or COMPUTING MATH – it is the process of retaining information (ie: math facts). This is the very reason so many children struggle with mastering their times tables – they are using the WRONG SIDE OF THEIR BRAINS!
The Right Side vs. Left Side to Master the Times Tables
The right-side of the brain is where imagination, creative thought, and emotions reside. This is how we decide which information to “record” and which to delete, based upon our connection of feelings of relevance to that information. For example, we can remember an event or even specific words that were said to us from years ago, based upon the connection to our emotions. You could call these emotions a “trigger” that communicated to the brain that the information was relevant to our life, and thereby worthy to be retained.
Disclosure: This post was written by a member of the Trigger Sisters’ team – founders of Times Tales, Pet Math and the Kids Chore Chart.
How to Trick the Brain to Remember Math Facts
Using mnemonics to memorize information, such as math facts, works in much the same way. It is a type of “trigger” (either from emotion or visualization) that tells the brain to retain the information. In the example of the Times Tales program, the memory triggers are stories (or events) that involve characters that are representations of the numbers.
For example, the number eight represents Mrs. Snowman, and the number six, represents the sixth grade class. The Times Tales story is that Mrs. Snowman was a guest visitor of the sixth grade class and showed the sixth graders her 4 birds and eight-legged spider. The narrative expands the initial story even further by discussing if those 4 birds will stay on her arm or if that eight-legged spider might bite her. These are all emotional and/or visual “triggers” to the brain to remember the information.
How Times Tales Converts a Story into the Answer to a Multiplication Fact
When the student sees the multiplication fact for 8 x 6 and gets stuck, they can then revert to looking at those numbers as characters in a story. They see the number 8 as Mrs. Snowman and the 6, as the sixth grade class. Those characters then trigger the story, which then reveals the answer to the math fact- “.…4 birds and an 8 legged spider.”
Many Students Still Remember the Times Tales Stories…EVEN YEARS LATER!
Once the student has the answers to the math facts retained through the right-brain, they can utilize that information to jump over to the left side to compute answers to multiplication problems. For most children, memorizing the times tables with this right-brain method not only cuts down the time it takes to master the upper times tables, but is also a lot of FUN!!
Learning the times tables doesn’t have to be painstaking or time consuming….IF it is taught in a different way. SWITCH OVER to the RIGHT-BRAIN way to memorize with Times Tales!
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