This semester, while continuing the spelling success, we’re teaching the kids their times tables.
When I was at school we learnt them by rote, meaning we didn’t have to think about why 6×7 equaled 42, we just knew it did. They don’t seem to do that these days, or at least not as much. They do have some ‘rainbow numbers’ though, and I’m in my forties and couldn’t understand what that was about.
We’ve begun our home lessons with the 2 times tables, and tonight the 3 times tables, and two nights in both Miss7 and Master6 are chaffing at the bit to outdo each other in the Times Table Wars. The first with the right answer gets to watch while the loser has to say the whole sum out loud.
I know it’ll be a long road, but these are basics and to be honest we probably should have been onto them before now.
On the bright side, we’re already through the 1x 2x and 3x tables. So we’re nearly a third done 🙂 I sure wanna believe that.