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Fall is approaching and it’s time to teach students how to remember their multiplication and division facts. I remember my first year teaching and I thought, ”Good grief! How am I going to teach them to remember all these facts without getting them mixed up?” Does 7 x 9 = 63 or 56 or what? Naturally I taught them the concept of understanding multiplication but that didn’t help them memorize the facts.
The summer following that first difficult year, I was determined to come up with an easier method. I wanted to make it fun for my students. I hit upon the idea of having every digit represented by a character or symbol that was easy to remember. Stories and pictures seemed to be the best way to hold a child’s attention. And of course, the product for each fact had to rhyme or tie in someway to the story.
Here’s the 8 x 7 = 56 story. Nate, (8) and his buddy Kevin (7) saw a poster about winning $56. They came up with a little song and dance called Flippy Kicks, Flippy Kicks, 8 x 7 is 56.
I came back to school the next year with some crude drawings and stories on the back of the cards. I told the stories aloud and I could see the light coming on! Wow, this was easy! And using this method they knew the division fact too. What is 56 divided by 7? The student thinks, “56 sounds like flippy kicks and 7 is Kevin so it’s the story with Nate, 8. I was totally amazed. I didn’t teach the facts in order (learn all the 3′s then the 4′s etc.) I mixed them up so they wouldn’t try to count but memorize the answer. And it worked! Other teachers had just completed learning the 2′s and my class knew them all from 0 through 9!
I decided I had to share this system with as many teachers and parents as I could. Thus, my little company, Memory Joggers was born. I now work full time in my business and speak at teacher conventions. For more details and sample stories, check here, How it Works
September 26, 2014 Comments Off
You are braver than you believe,
Stronger than you seem and
Smarter than you think.
A. A. Milne (Author of Winnie-the -Pooh)
Children thrive on inspiration. Actually, everyone is touched by words, good or bad. Think about your own experiences and how words have affected your direction in life.
I remember when I was going through a difficult divorce and feeling terribly vulnerable. My wise 20 year old daughter said seven words to me that changed my life.
“Mom, you are a very strong woman.”
What? Me, strong? Could that be true? For the first time in my life I toyed with the idea that maybe I am strong. The voice in my head had always told me that I was dependent and weak. I never questioned those thoughts. But now someone else believed in me and knew I could walk tall and confident no matter what I encountered.
To this day, when I’m feeling down, I remember her words and smile and say, “Yes, I can do this, i am a very strong woman.”
Why am I blogging about this? I want you to be aware of the power of your words. The greatest service you can do for your children is to teach them how to memorize positive quotes like the one in the picture. Change the “you” to “I” if you want.
“I am braver than I believe.
I am stronger than I seem.
I am smarter than I think.”
A secret to memorization is in analyzing the words. Notice in the first sentence, the key words are “braver and believe”. They both begin with “B”.
In the next line, “stronger and seem” begin with “S”.
With the third line, children can point to their head to remind them of the words “smarter than you think.”
Children need to train their brains to memorize poems, verses or quotes. It is a proven fact that students who memorize, increase the brain’s capacity to remember information. Remember “Use it or lose it!” If you don’t exercise your body, you lose the capacity to function well. If you don’t memorize, the hippocampus loses it’s ability to store and recall information.
I have some other inspiring quotes I’ll be sharing soon but in the meantime begin to teach your students and yourself, to memorize!
September 25, 2014 Comments Off
I just completed this mini eBook with pictures and a story for students to easily remember the 13 colonies in order. If you downloaded my first one, you might want to replace it with this one. Much better story and pictures! Let me know how you like it.
Download it here.
I just completed this mini eBook with pictures and a story for students to easily remember the 13 colonies in order.
July 9, 2014 Comments Off