Times tables have been used for everyday calculations or many thousands of years.
Ian Stewart of the University of Warwick says that ancient civilizations used them including the Babylonians who put them on clay tablets.
A good question to ask is in all that time have we found something that can make times tables interesting for your children to learn?
Well, something that we know about the times tables is that they are full of number patterns.These number patterns can help to motivate your children to learn the times tables because they make them more interesting.
Want an example of what I mean? Here are some examples used by Ian Stewart to make the point about times tables patterns.The ten times tables pattern;
By adding a zero to each number from 1 to 12 you get the answers to the 10 times tables;1 times 10 is 10 (1 Plus 0), 2 times 10 is 20 (2 plus 0), 6 times 10 is 60 (6 plus 0 is 60, etc.What about the 9 times table. Is there a pattern here. Have a look ; The nine times tables answers from 1 times 9 to 10 times 9 are; 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, 90.
Can you see how the last number in the answer descends?
9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0
And finally for these examples; the five times tables. I’ll bet most of you know the answers to the 5 times tables from 1 to 10. They are; 5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50.
The table has two patterns. The final digits pattern of 5, 0, 5, 0, 5, 0 and so on and the first digit pattern of 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5.For each of the individual times tables patterns can be seen and help make the times tables more interesting to work with and learn.
I think your children are more likely to love learning the tables when they know about these number patterns.One thing, please remember that the patterns will not be enough on their own to learn the times tables. You need something else.
In the past this meant rote learning and countless hours repeating the tables. All very boring.
At the click of a mouse there are many ways on line to learn times which are fun and interesting and all you need to do is to find the right one.
This can leave you not knowing which route to take. What should you do to really help your children learn the times tables so that they know them easily.
Yes, yes, yes, there is an answer and it makes it sooooo easy for children to learn the times tables.The secret is to use a method based on use of colour, pictures, movement and location. Movement and location as well? Yes, totally!
Methods that teach the times tables using these ideas are masses of fun and make them really easy to learn.
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