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Memorize in Minutes: The Times Tables, Teaching Manual Paperback – July 15, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0965176965 ISBN-10: 0965176967

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Krimsten Publishing (July 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965176967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965176965
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every student benefits from this unique approach to learning multiplication facts. -- Karol L Wheeler

No elementary teacher should be without this book. -- Andy Gilbertson

About the Author

Alan Walker is a fifth grade teacher with over twenty years of teaching experience. This master teacher has received awards including the Washington State Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Education, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and nominee for Washington State Teacher of the Year.

Customer Reviews

There are big and little flash cards included in the book.
Stephanie Gray
If you have creative kids who love to read, act out stories, and draw then they will love this method of learning the times tables.
Julie A. Oliver
I was attracted to his technique because it involves memorization through pictures and stories.
Christopher Teh

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By mhhome on September 20, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son didn't "get" multiplication at all until we got this book. After using the book, he now finds it easy. Multiplication is taught using stories. Each number has its own character in the stories (4 is always Door). For a visual/reader learner it is the best thing out there. If your child doesn't get multiplication by rote memorization, please try this method. It really worked for us!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Gray on February 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a public school teacher I searched for thirteen years to find something to help my students learn their multiplication facts. Now that I am homeschooling my own children, I have finally found something that actually works!

Everything you need is in this Teaching Manual. There are no other materials to buy.

The whole concept seemed a bit odd at first. In fact I waited until now, when we are almost finished with the book, to write this because I was a bit leary about the program.

Now my daughter knows her facts in a snap. She has not missed one fact on the timed tests I give her each day since begining the program. Also, her times get faster each day. She has told me more than once, "Mom, this is fun!" How many times do you hear that when teaching children multiplication facts?!?!

I give my daughter two facts a day. There are big and little flash cards included in the book. Each number and each multiplication fact has a story. I have her act out the stories and repeat them back to me. The author explains that it is easier for our brains to remember pictures than it is numbers. If your child can remember the stories and pictures, they will remember the facts. Why didn't I think of this?!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Oliver on June 26, 2005
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When this book arrived I took one look at it and thought "Why should I confuse my kids with stories that go along with every fact?" It sounded like too much translating from story to numbers to me. I expressed my disappointment to my 8 year old who had watched me open the package. She took the book from me and began reading the stories (which are very simple and short). Within minutes she and her 6 year old sister were on the couch laughing and learning... literally teaching themselves. The book is written with such easy to follow "teachers" instructions that my kids were "playing" school and learning the facts themselves. There is also website [...] which provides you with incredible support. If you have creative kids who love to read, act out stories, and draw then they will love this method of learning the times tables. The basic concept of multiplication is laid out and an almost automatic way of remembering the facts via very short stories and pictures is the vehicle by which they are able to recall the facts. I would like to thank the author and publisher for this has lightened our load immensly!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. King on September 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
My daughter looked me in the eye and said "I don't want to learn the multiplication tables! It's too hard! and it's boring!" I was shocked to hear this, since my daughter is a straight A student. So I searched for a product (or "gadget") that would make this process fun. This is it!!!! My daughter loves to read, And the stories were so silly that it made it easier for her to remember them. Within a couple of weeks she had learned the multiplication tables. She's just started 3rd grade last week, and she already has a jump on the year. I scanned all the flash cards into my computer and then printed out the flash cards so I can have them for future use, instead of cutting out the pages (this way you can also make them as large or as small as you want). Great product!!!!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By mom duffy on August 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
My son struggled in Math last year gradually losing self confidence. I knew it was because he just didn't know those facts.He has almost completed the program and tests with 100% accuracy. He also has said "This is kinda' fun" HELLO..has anyone else EVER heard those words when memorizing the times tables?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on September 25, 2008
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I have a son who struggles with memorizing facts, so I bought this book despite its high price tag. The pages are very sturdy, and the black and white illustrations are fairly simple, which is good. I think the rhymes are great, but both my younger sons (3rd and 4th grades) gave the book a big "thumbs down". They thought it was too silly and babyish. Being a patient mom, I plan on toting it out again in a few months, but their initial reaction is disappointing... we'll see how it goes in round 2. I think I will choose just a couple strategic pages to put up near our kitchen table and see how that goes.

That being said, I will keep this book in my professional library because there ARE children who will love it and learn from this method. I know that I will be able to successfully use this book in the classroom. I really was surprised that my fourth grader, a visual learner and generally silly-humored boy, did not care for the book- I guess I had him pegged incorrectly.

I gave it three stars because of the negative reactions of my own children and because of the high price tag ($29 on Amazon). However, I think this can be a useful tool for the right child.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mom Of Many Munchkins on September 22, 2009
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I really like this approach to learning the multiplication facts. The first few lessons teach your child what multiplication really is (repeated addition) instead of starting out memorizing stories immediately. They also show you the chart with the times tables on it. Shaded out are the 0 facts and the 1's (those are easy), also the repeats (if you know 2 X 3 then you know 3 X 2). After that's done there are only 36 facts to memorize. It's still a lot, but on a chart with 100 it helps you to see that this is doable. The book teaches you those 36 facts.

What I really like is that the numbers stay the same; all the 2's are shoes, 3 is a tree, 4 is a door, 5 is a hive, 6 = chick, 7 = surfin', 8 = skate and 9 is a sign. Once you can remember these 8 numbers/pictures there's no guessing what the number is for that story (unlike Times Tables the Fun Way where the number pictures do not stay the same but change). Of course, the numbers in the answer are not the same.....if the answer is 9 it doesn't mean the 9 in the answer will be a sign. Each picture also has the number inside it (the shoe has a 2 inside of it, there's a 3 up in the leaves of the tree, etc).

This book has pages of everything you need in the back of the book. Some things, like the flash cards, you could just cut right out of the book. The larger cards you can also, but you might want to also make copies so that your child can color one. Every lesson is spelled out with exactly what you need and even tells you what to say.

The first story is for 2 x 2. The story is: "A young boy received a pair of new shoes and they were just what he wanted. When he put them on, he found they were too big. Even though they didn't fit, he decided to wear them to school the next day.
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