We will be outlining the techniques we used in the app to create memorable cartoons for the children to learn the remaining times tables that do not have easy rules (like 10’s) to figure out the answer using mnemonics.
In short, we use the Major Memory System of mnemonics. This combined with a memory peg system give the child some order and structure to find the answer to the questions. You don’t need to know what each of these mean, but in short your child can learn characters associated with each number, combined with the faster rules when appropriate and viola! Rapid learning, rapid improvement, no more tears! How many times has your child been able to recall a detailed scene from a cartoon, well how about having them memorize a cartoon that teaches them something! That is the idea behind our app, but you can also do it by hand if you prefer. Each number is associated with a certain sound(s). This is a powerful technique that people use in many different applications. This is why we chose this method, rather than using memory techniques that were unique ONLY to the times tables. If you are going to spend the time to learn one, why not learn one with multiple applications?
The child then learns the main characters for each number 2-9: Then once those are learned, they watch cartoons with those characters in rapid action sequences that do not require remembering a long story but help imbed the cartoon in their memory so they can quickly recall the correct answer.
The main characters and sounds:
8-uFo (Fa or Va)
9-Pie (Pa or ba)
Additional sounds that do not have a character associated (because faster to learn the rule;)
1-Ta and Da (can also explain like a magic wand “Ta Da”)
0-Za, Sa (like “z”ero)
So once they learn the names and numbers of the characters they can recall the remainder of the multiplication tables by watching cartoons. In the app, Fun Times Tables! we quiz the characters until they have them down cold in groups of threes. Once they learn a new group of characters they can review cartoons with those characters slowly building the remainder of times tables.
Here are the remaining characters they need to recall:
These may seem a little overwhelming at first glance, but going through basic steps and then learning names and sounds makes remembering the numbers easier than it looks. The app doesn’t let them move on before they have the numbers down, but if you are doing it by hand you can do the same thing. You will notice some a few characters have same name, because based on cartoon it makes sense.