Recently, I decided that we needed some music to assist the learning of times tables. Puggle has reached the stage where he kind of knows them, but he has to calculate (from scratch) to be sure what they are. Obviously, that takes longer than we’d prefer. We already have a chart on the back of the toilet door, and he’s worked through and understands how they’re formed, but what’s missing is the ‘automatic’ response. Given how well my kids learn songs, music seemed the logical next tool.
So I spent hours listening to possibilities on iTunes (and really, there’s not a huge amount you can do with tables, so there was a fair amount of repetition:-( ) But finally, I settled on Times Tables = Fun. (And how cool is that! The ABC shop currently has them on special!)
I really like the fact that each table is quite distinct musically. So, obviously, the three times table is a waltz, with a ‘german tenor’ singing. (The connection between the music and the table is less obvious for the others:-) ) I must admit to a certain fondness for the two times table (sounds rather like The Young Ones singing:-) ), and the Wild West Dustbowl sound of the eight times table:-)
The younger kids enjoy singing along with them—they couldn’t yet do it without the music, but I think it’s probably priming them nicely, so that once they begin working with multiplication, they won’t actually need to learn the tables, they’ll already know them:-)