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Learning the times tables without
Ten times tables rhyme stories.
Simultaneous reading practice.
Ten pictures to go with each story.
On compact disc.
For primary/elementary school age
Memorize times tables
and with fun
No problem solving
practice by speaking in
chorus in class
For fun reading at
home as well
Useful for central
themes (seasons, hospital,
teething, punctuality,birthday party,
gardening,dripstone cave and more)
Joyful, easy and fun learning in class or at home
is what school children and teachers want.
But what has been going on for decades when it comes to multiplication tables?
Though colorful riddles and puzzles, even exciting computer programmes
and games have been developed, haven’t they all been boiling
down to tedious,
repetitive calculating, no matter how varied in concept, style or
presentation? To know the tables instantly, to
be able to use them as a ready tool without
having to use up time calculating is what is needed, not only at school.
Apparently only a lot of repetition of multiplication
tasks results in learning those
one hundred calculations by heart.
Couldn't one use
memorable rhymes in
order to store them in the brain?
These ten colorful handdrawn picture rhyme stories
on CD will not only change the math lesson for children and teacher
but will improve
reading and spelling simultaneously and, at the same time,
content to talk about in other subjects than math as well.
well is a basic
skill and will be
a decisive factor for success in math lessons to come. Too many
school children fail in math because of the dryness of multiplication
tasks. Be they as gorgeous and flashy as they may, don’t
eventually consider them as beautifully wrapped toil?
Couldn't the teacher make those excercises
entertaining by having the
pupils read fun stories whose verses rhyme with the one hundred
calculations of the times tables? Elementary school children
memorize easily what they have heard or read only a few times and they
enjoy reading stories repeatedly.
However, the rhymes
do n o t
n e e d
m e m o r i z e d .
Memorizing the calculation is what counts for improving one's math
skills. To know what goes after 4 times 9
or 8 times 6 is what needs to be recalled
instantly and without much reflection. The rest is entertainment and
reading practice. Those children, who prefer reading stories to doing
endless calculations will have more fun with this.
Once the mathematic principle has been introduced by
the teacher as usual and
been understood in
and teacher can relax, look at short picture stories, at times this
one, other times that one, simply join in reading them and suddenly one
knows all those unpleasant calculations by heart without
any calculating at all. Reading
The child’s attention
lies no more on the practice of memorizing numbers but
on the content of the stories and especially on the
pictures to go with them. The
memorizing happens all by itself if the
stories get looked at a few more times, are spoken in chorus
rhythmically, get used as a topic introduction or as
finish-the-lesson-stories. At home they can be read aloud by or with
the child. The strong practice effect soon will allow skipping the
alternating text pages and enjoying the pictures and stories by
Nine of the stories have a plot. The one times table
guides us through the seasons. The depicted children are of elementary
school age, the age when multiplication tables are taught, and they
repeatedly, so that one gets to know them during the course of
the stories. At times fur toys or a doll play an accompanying role. The
subject matter has been taken from the realm of elementary
The chosen language level is challenging so that the stories may even
the children’s vocabulary and expression skills.
this is how to make use of the CD in
class or at home:
Use a video projector or screen to look at the pages while having
the school class or the child at home read the lines out loud, slowly at
first, so the words get well recognized and get spoken clearly. The
teacher or parent may read along at first or, if necessary, every time
in order to avoid reading errors and to make the children use the right
rhythm while speaking.
Though there are plenty of funny or exciting details in the pictures to
be detected, each single one may not be looked at too closely right
away, thus each picture can retain some of its newness for the next
practice session. This way also poor readers will be successful and the
spelling of a lot of basic vocabulary will be improved immensely.
By the time the children have read through the first part with the
excercise pages about two or three times they will have spoken the
calculations eight to twelve (!) times.
Now the stories can get read again like ordinary tales without
excercise pages, which will offer even more repetition.
By the time the pupils get to know every detail in the pictures, the
entire class will master not only the complete multiplication tables by
heart but also the script of all the one-hundred rhymes orally and in