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Tricks for Learning Multiplication of Nine

To help your child learn the “9” times tables, here are some techniques. The fingers know!  For example: 2 x 9 = 18.  Have your child hold up his 10 fingers.  Have him count on the left hand two fingers, starting from the left, then bend that second finger down.  Now count, there will be one finger to the left of the bent finger, and eight on the right - - so the answer is 18!  Try 4 x 9; count from the left and bend the fourth finger down, there will be 3 fingers on the left and 6 fingers on the right - - so the answer is 36!

To check your answers of the “9” times table, you can try another method.  When multiplying any number by 9, the digits of the correct answer will always add up to 9!  For example: 2 x 9 = 18 (and 1 + 8 = 9); or 8 x 9 = 72 (7 + 2 = 9).  This method also works for very large numbers: 8,142 x 9 = 73,278 (7 + 3 + 2 + 7 + 8 = 27, and 2 + 7 = 9). 
Give your child a calculator and let him or her try it. 

Help your child to understand that there are many ways to solve a problem!

Memorizing Can be Fun and Meaningful

We can have our children memorize Bible verses as just words; or we can help children use their cognitive capacity to add impact to Biblical truths. These truths can have an effect and meaning hteir lives similar to the influence that Biblical truths had in David’s life (Psalm 119:11), “Your word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against You.”

De-Scramble is a memorizing, game approach in which you can print the words or phrases of several verses on 3 x 5 cards. Give each member of the family a different cut-up verse and time how long it takes to unscramble the words. 

Start “n” Stop is fun around a table.  One person recites a known verse, then stops at any point to allow the person on his left to continue it. Each person must add at least one correct word to the verse.

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