Dear Agent AAMB
So here's the thing, bozo. I heard, as well as having to learn the times table, you're having to learn division, and you think it's a total yawn.
Well, sometimes you gotta learn stuff, and you might not want to learn stuff, but all the same you got to learn it.
And you might think, I already know stuff so why do I have to learn more stuff? I sympathise, but when I was in a similar situation I came up with Ruby Redfort Rule Number 98: Sometimes you know more than you think you know.
Take division for example. Once you know your times table you don't really need to learn division. Because you already know it.
Take six times five for example. You already know that 6x5=30. That is you know if you had six piles of dragon eggs and each pile had five dragon eggs in it, altogether you would have thirty dragon eggs.
At the same time, without even having to learn it you also know that 5x6=30. Yup five piles of dragon eggs with six eggs in each also means 30 altogether.
And actually you already know two other things as well.
You know that if you had 30 eggs and you put them in six equal piles there would be 5 eggs in each. In maths that looks like this: 30/6=5. That's division. You're dividing dragon eggs into equal piles.
You also know that if you had 30 eggs and put them in five equal piles there would be six eggs in each. That looks like 30/5=6. That's division too!
You see you know that 6 and 5 and 30 have a special way that they relate to each other.
It's pretty good going really. Just by learning one thing i.e. 6x5=30 you ALSO know three other things
It's the same for every thing you learn in the multiplication table, learn one fact and you get an extra three thrown in for free.
Trust me, I'm a doctor.
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