Getting the Family Involved
This month, let’s serve up some fun for the family, while learning is allowed to happen! Learning does not have to be dogmatic in order to happen. In fact, I find that learning that happens in a fun and communal way, often sticks longer!
Let’s get the whole family involved in this learning as a fun family game. This is a game of repetitive application. Everyone from 2 years old to 102 years old can enjoy it.
Memorizing the 7 Facts with a Song
When I teach the multiplication facts, I use common song tunes to help the memorization process happen. For the 7 facts I employ the tune of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” to encompass the facts in a fun package. I find this tune appropriate for this time of year, and I ask my families to focus on the 7 facts for the month of December. Everyone in the family can play. Most people can use a brush up on the 7 facts and many siblings can use the support as well.
The facts replace the words of the song:
Sing “7, 14, 21” to the tune of “We wish you a merry Christmas”
Sing “28, 35” to “We wish you a merry Christmas”
Sing “42, 49, 56” to “We wish you a merry Christmas”
Sing “63, 70” to “And a happy New Year!”
*If you do not celebrate Christmas- you can easily put the facts to another tune! The game works best when everyone can play!
Some adults find it difficult to remember the order of the facts to the tune. This is great! Share with your child some strategies for remembering something important. Share with your child your difficulty with remembering the facts, too. You can say “Oops, I made a mistake!”, then smile. Let your child observe you make a mistake and then try to correct it. Sometimes our children feel like they are the only ones who make mistakes. It is great to model trying to learn something that is frustrating.
Also model how fun it is when you remember the pattern, and when your child remembers part or all of the pattern celebrate wildly!
When to Sing
You may be thinking, when do I have time to memorize this silly song, let alone play a game with it?
One family chose to write out the 7 facts on a small piece of paper and tape it to their car dashboard. They made a game of singing the song whenever they stop for a red light!
Another family chose to sing the song 2 times before each family meal!
Another family sings it over and over during the family evening walk!
It could be sung during the commercials of a family TV time program!
It could be sung while setting the table for dinner, or before dessert!
It could be sung with relatives over the phone or Skype!
The possibilities are endless, literally!
Have Fun with it!
The shared enjoyment of a tricky task is the bonus part of this game. Letting your child enjoy making mistakes with humor, starting over again with ambition, and accomplishing a long term goal as a big group, is a great gift for the whole family this holiday season.
Which multiplication fact group will you pick for January?
I wish you all happy family fun!
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Katherine is a seasoned educator with a wide variety of expertise in the field. As a teacher with over 30 years of experience with students ages 3-18, she is also a Certified Elementary School Teacher (K-8), a Certified Special Education Teacher (K-12), an Inclusion Specialist, and a Visual and Performing Arts Specialist. In addition to her credentials, she has also spent 2 years as a House Parent for Severely Emotionally Disturbed teenaged girls (ages 9-18), and has worked with all types of students with various labels including Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, SED, ODD, FASD, ID, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Gifted, etc.