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]]>One child starts holding a favorite toy or stuffed animal and says the 1^{st} number in a sequence, then they pass it to the next child, who then has to say the next number in the sequence counting in 2s, 3, 5s, 10s etc. Have FUN music playing then stop it and see who gets caught holding the “Hot Potatoe”. It’s a fast moving FUN game.

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]]>Here’s how: 1) Find a way to just teach several stories up front. Wait to teach the child what the characters represent. For example, don’t explain up front that a skate represents the number 8. See if you can assist the child to learn at least 10 stories. That will be 1/3 of the 30 stories. Promise a reward if they can just humor you with this strange activity. Once they know the initial set of stories (e.g. Skate tosses Skate over the sticks and out the door), then make a big deal about how they are so smart, and you know they can totally learn anything. Use language appealing to the child. Next, teach the child what the characters represent. For example, explain that the skate is 8, sticks is 6, and door is 4. Explain they have just learned 8 x 8 = 64. Go over each story they have already learned, showing them the progress they have made.

Show them the paperwork that goes with the Kids Times Tables kit, so they can understand their progress. Be patient. Use the document abundantly, “101 Ways to Praise Your Child” that is included in the kit. If the child love to be photographed or video-taped, consider using the “Teach Times Tables with Action” concept in another blog post.

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]]>Using the multiplication example of 8 x 8, consider the story (see video) in Kids Times Tables where a skate tosses a skate over the sticks and out the door. The instructions that come with every Kids Times Tables kit explains how to learn the rhyming stories using sight and hearing. To use action, the child could pretend to be the skate that is getting tossed over the sticks and out the door. Do you know of any young kids around 8 or 9 years old that have so much energy, they find it hard to sit down for 20 minutes? Instead, create a safe environment for them to jump, roll, and just have fun going through the motions. Better yet, get out your smartphone or camcorder and video tape your child making their own movie of learning the times tables. Include the facts with sound (8 times 8 = 64) before, during, or after the action. That will anchor the desired multiplication fact to the action. Can you imagine how much fun the child is going to have watching themselves on the television, showing off to their siblings and friends? If you can make that a fun experience for the child, can you see how they will be encouraged, and excited to do more filming, so they can do even better? I don’t think the child will miss 8 x 8 = 64 on their next times tables quiz. Do you?

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