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The Fastest Way for Remembering Your 5s Times Table - for Kids

Learning your times table needn't be anywhere near as hard and time-consuming as most people experience. Not because they're stupid, but because the traditional approach to learning them is!

This is certainly not intended to be an attack on those fine parents and teachers who know no better than to put their young ones through the age-old process. But bear with me and see why I believe it's time we shake this whole thing up!

As you read this article, bear in mind there is a very subtle difference between memorizing and remembering tables.

Notes

Note 1

These notes are as relevant for kids as for anyone else but it can be especially embarrassing for kids in a classroom setting if they are struggling with the times table as they are inclined to see this as a problem with their own ability to memorize, when the problem is more often that kids should be taught mental multiplication skills rather than be subjected to the agony of memorizing tables of answers.

Taking these ideas into account may lead to different conclusions when considering the times table for children or specifically boys and girls.

Note 2

Memory hooks are a great way to help us recall answers. But if we treat the times table as a grid of many answers, we are going to need a vast number of memory hooks to help us out. A skill-based approach can still however use memory hooks to support you in applying multiplication skill to the problems covered by the times table.

One of the problems with most method-based approaches to the times table is that each method (e.g. the 'fingers' method for the nines) is that each individual method solves part of the overall table of multiplication problems, but that the rest of the table needs to be covered by other individual methods. A fully comprehensive approach, however, addresses the times table entirely, without leaving any gaps.

See here for more information about how to take this into account kids, teens and adults.

Note 3

To be clear, you need to define what you mean by 'fastest':

For example, it's surely important to take account of as many as possible of the following:

Are you hoping to minimize the amount of time required per lesson, the overall amount of study time needed to complete the process, a shorter number of days, weeks or years, or the total time required to become suitably competent with the times table.

The Fastest Way for Remembering Your 5s Times Table - for Kids

Study Multiplication

Here is a breakdown of the 5 times table. With the Numba Ninja System, each multiplication problem has a specific key, and this is underlined for each problem here:

5 times table: up to 12 x 5

0 x 5 = 0
1 x 5 = 5
2 x 5 = 10
3 x 5 = 15
4 x 5 = 20
5 x 5 = 25
6 x 5 = 30
7 x 5 = 35
8 x 5 = 40
9 x 5 = 45
10 x 5 = 50
11 x 5 = 55
12 x 5 = 60

Study Ideas

When learning the times table by rote, plain parrot-fashion repetition only taps into the oral experience. This is far less powerful for most people than things that we experience visually. For this reason, pictures can often be used to support rote-learning especially if the mind is able to recall a strong visual image that clearly hooks the multiplication problem to the answer.

Also, be aware of why many people consider the times table to be limited to 12 x 12 when, in this decimal era the number 12 seems a rather strange limit. But this goes back to the days of counting in dozens (e.g. 12 inches in a foot) when an English shilling was worth 12 pennies.

In the Numba Ninja System of mental multiplication, for the 5 times table, when 5 is chosen as the key, the Scissors is the picture story that is used.

When 5 is not the chosen key however, other picture stories are used as appropriate.

Teaching Ideas