Ten times-table-rhyme-stories

Benita Buchholz-Schafer


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Learning the times tables without problem solving. 
Simultaneous reading practice.

Ten times tables rhyme stories.
Ten pictures to go with each story.
On compact disc.  

  • For primary/elementary school age
  • Memorize times tables effortlessly
      and with fun
  • No problem solving
  • Fluent reading practice by speaking in
      chorus in class
  • For fun reading at home as well
  • Interdisciplinary learning
  • 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 immensely but will improve reading and spelling simultaneously and, at the same time, offer content to talk about in other subjects than math as well.

    Knowing the times tables 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 students 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    t o    b e    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 class, students 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 practice included!
    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 themselves.

    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 appear 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 school children.

    The chosen language level is challenging so that the stories may even expand the children’s vocabulary and expression skills.

    And 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 writing.

    Pictures of the table of one, two (this one includes rhyme pages) and ten as a compressed version
    to quickly get an idea ... :

    The Table of One:
    "The Seasons"

    The three siblings Clive, Lizzie and Katie during the course of the year.

    The Table of Two:
    "A Little Fright by Night"

    At dead of night it becomes quite scary in the children’s bedroom until Clive awakens ...

    The Table of Ten:
    "Clive as a Garden Help"

    Lawn mowing - a big task for Clive

    Title and content of the remaining stories (the tables of three through nine):

    The Table of Three:
    "To Hospital"

    In the wake of Lizzie’s fall off the tree.

    The Table of Four:
    "Anne’s Tooth is Loose"

    How Anne eventually gets rid of her tedious tooth.

    The Table of Five:
    "Going Travelling"

    Anne and her dad go on a journey.

    The Table of six:
    "Grandpa’s Haunted House"

    How Lizzie and Clive are getting the creeps ...

    The Table of Seven:
    "The Alarm’s Gone off"

    About Tim’s struggles being on time ...

    The Table of Eight:
    "Robinsonia’s Adventure"

    When Sonia sails to a lonely island on her raft, a sudden current draws her into a dark cave.
    (If you go into the German site you can have a look at the pictures in the slide show
    "Das Einmaleins der Zehn - Robinsonjas Abenteuer".)

    The Table of Nine:
    "Tim’s Birthday Party"

    A fun celebration at home ...

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