We have a new resource out that makes learning multiplication and division facts fun and easy. It is called Right-Brained Multiplication & Division: a Forget Memorization Book. For children who memorize and don’t seem to retain the facts in the long term, or who struggle to memorize and retain the facts even for a few minutes, why not abandon this frustration and go to a method that makes learning stick? It is common knowledge that images and stories act like glue to carry otherwise dull facts into a child’s brain. Using images and stories and body movement also reaches out to several regions in the brain at one time, making the likelihood of learning and recall very high.
Consider this: You can attack the x7 table with your child or your students and struggle through the dry facts, hoping that the facts will somehow stick to their brains OR you can take those facts and embed them in images and then attach a storyline that explains why those particular numbers are used. The story behind the images below is that the Seven Brothers decided to sell balloons. The day was very windy, so turnout was not great and they sold nothing at all. The next day, however, a couple came back (Mr. 5 and Mrs. 6). The wind had died down and Mrs. 6 saw a beautiful pink and orange balloon she felt she simply had to have! In fact she liked the balloon so much she bought two. One she carried in her hand, and the other she tucked into her purse for another time.
The next day, Mrs. 6 decided to go for a sail and for the occasion, she dressed up with her yellow shoes, pink purse and scarf and off she went with her two balloons! Our final chapter in the book has only one single fact the children have not learned to date (the other facts for this table have been learned with other times tables). Here is the fact that remains: 8x8=64.
Hands-on activities and practice problems complete with answer key make teaching easy for the adult! 123 full-color pages.
MARVELOUS!!!!! We just started using this book last week, and we have had wonderful success so far! My 2nd and 3rd graders actually look forward to math now...which is totally amazing because they have always "hated" math! This is definitely money well spent...especially for kids who are right-brained and/or don't enjoy memorizing math facts! :D