Times Tables and Movement

What on earth has movement got to do with times tables? Surely movement is linked with physical education or sports and not maths!

When children are moving about they are happy. Children therefore love to move – they are always in perpetual motion whenever they have the choice.

The problem with times tables is that it is mostly learned by sitting still with children trying to get the number work into their heads, whilst at the same time doing something that is not natural to them .i.e. being still. Being still is therefore not the best way to learn times tables, especially because there is a better method of learning.

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Motion creates emotion and if you move about it can change how you feel.

In children’s case, it makes them happy and if children are happy they are much more likely to be motivated to work harder and for longer. If you could find a way of bringing movement into learning times tables, this will improve your children’s motivation.

The question arises how on Earth can movement be applied to the learning of times tables?

In fact, there is a way and I want to explain how to do this. We can forget the usual way that children are taught by cramming and rote learning.

Here is an example with the three times table: 1x3 is 3, 2x3 is 6, 3x3 is 9, right up to 12x3 is 36.

This is a very dull way of trying to learn the times tables. Instead, what children need is a fun system that uses movement. This system is based on the memory techniques used by the memory champions. The key to the techniques used by the memory champions  is location linked to imagination. They link images to places.

The method works and makes it easy for children to remember times tables when they have images for the tables.

In this case, the images can be created for the numbers themselves. These images can be placed in various locations within the home.

More difficult times tables can be put in more unusual places within the home. Often in places that will cause children to laugh. This makes the tables more fun to learn and they are therefore more memorable.

So in the process of moving around the home and having a look at the times tables, your child is having fun. This makes learning much easier too.  Remember, motion creates emotion. If you use this principle linking movement and having fun to maths, then the end result is instant learning of the times tables. Other areas of maths can be learned in a similar way.