As we know, this is the information age and the maths curriculum has grown to be much larger than it was before. As a result, teachers do not seem to have time to help children learn times tables. This means that the parent has to take the initiative and do some of the work in helping their children learn times tables.

When you look around to see what alternatives there are, there just seem to be bewildering and increasing number of ways of learning times tables. As a parent, this is at best confusing; the problem is that you do not really know what works and what does not.

Parents are busy and have to make critical decisions such as these with often minimal information. Most parents do not realize how big an effect this decision has on their child's future schooling. Add to this that usually no one has actually studied these methods, tried and tested them in any scientific way over a number of years to compare the relative strengths and effectiveness of each.

Learning times tables are one of the fundamental building blocks to learning maths. Get this wrong and your child will struggle at maths number work. Not only will lack of progress in this area affect school progress but it can also have an affect on a child’s confidence.

Lets go back to the beginning and ask what should the aim of learning times tables, given this fundamental nature of times tables?

The aim of learning times tables should be to be able to recall them instantly and without having to think about them. You may ask, why? The reason for this is that times tables is the very first starting point of mathematics. Times tables leads to division, long addition and subtraction, before building up to factorisation, algebra and a whole host of other maths, methods and concepts.

This point here is that if you cannot get the simple things right at the start and quickly, then your chances of picking up and understanding new concepts are lessened, as you are spending more brain power recalling the times tables, instead of knowing them instantly and focusing on the next things.

It is important to appreciate this.

To do this, try answering these quick questions –

What is your name? I am sure that you did not even have to think about that.

Now let’s build this up – What is your and your partner’s name? Did you manage to think about both as quickly as before?

Now try this – What is 8 x 7?

Did that take a bit longer? Let’s build this up – What is 7 x 8 and 9 x 7?

Did you get both answers as quickly as you did your names?

That 8 x 7 was switched to 7 x 8. Most people will pause at this.

They have the same numbers and same answer, so why should you not know this and be able to answer as quickly? Because time is spent thinking rather then answering the question. This simple exercise shows that your children need to know the times tables as well their own names.

When children can do this then building to a higher level of mathematics becomes much easier for them. This shows that the aim for your children is to learn times tables in a way that they can recall them instantly – as well as they know their names.

The method that does this is the 100% Instant Recall Method which you can find out all about at the Kids Maths Tutor.

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