How Can I Make 11+ Preparation Fun?

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How Can I Make 11+ Preparation Fun? = Know The Basics

It is vital that your child knows key, basic facts and what I refer to as ‘basic foundation knowledge’.  The 11+ mathematics’ paper [barring a few exceptions] won’t tell your child how many metres are in a kilometre or how many minutes are in an hour.

In order to be able to tackle an 11+ paper your child will need to go into the examination with an ‘armoury’ of knowledge that they can call up and apply at a moment’s notice.  Just as a hairdresser wouldn’t be able to do their job without scissors, your child won’t be able to do their ‘job’ without knowing key pieces of information.

BUT, how can you make the process fun?  After all, very often your child is required to know dry and dull facts that they won’t enjoy remembering.  So, what can you do?

How Can I Make 11+ Preparation Fun? = Create ‘Mental Hooks’ for your child

Finding interesting or silly ways to remember these crucial bits of information are key to your child’s success.

I think the best way to do this is to create ‘mental hooks’ or, in other words, a fun way of remembering a piece of information which your child finds difficult to remember.  This is how world champion memory experts do it so if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for everyone else!

How Can I Make 11+ Preparation Fun?

How Can I Make 11+ Preparation Fun?

Look at these examples: –

  • How Can I Make 11+ Preparation Fun? = Does your child like Disney characters like Minnie or Mickey Mouse?

Fact:  There are 10mm in 1cm

Mental Hook:

10 Mini Mouse fans live at 1 Centimetre Avenue, Florida.

 

Fact: There are 100cm in 1m

Mental Hook:

In Disneyland, 100 cents will buy you 1 Mickey toy.

 

Fact: There are 1000m in 1km

Mental Hook:

A 1000 Meatballs will kill you if you eat them in one sitting!

 

  • How Can I Make 11+ Preparation Fun? = Make up a story using character names that you’ve made up or people you know

I often find that children get confused when multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.  It is also primary school policy to teach children to move the numbers rather than the decimal point.  However, this is not the quickest method and that is what I aim to encourage when preparing for the 11+ exam when time is of the essence.

It is my belief that when a child is under a time restraint, it is much easier to simply move the decimal point.  Encourage your child to look at the number of zeros to tell you how many places you’re moving the decimal point.  Therefore, the 10 has one zero so moves one place, the 100 has two zeros and so moves two places and the 1000 had three zeros so moves three places.

If you’re multiplying move the decimal point to the right.

If you’re dividing you move the decimal point to the left.

 

I have thought of two characters called Daniel & Mary.  They love to practise maths together.

The ‘D’ in Daniel reminds your child they are Dividing.

The ‘l’ in Daniel reminds your child that you move the decimal point to the left.

The ‘M’ in Mary reminds your child they are Multiplying

The ‘r’ in Mary reminds your child that you move the decimal point to the right.

  • How Can I Make 11+ Preparation Fun? = Does your child like football?

Shapes/polygons can be difficult for children to remember so I have come up with the following football players as an example of what you can do.  This is a bit like a Fantasy Football team as follows: –

Peter Fiveaside plays for Pentagon United

Rex Sixsmith plays for Hexagon United

Octavius Eightman plays for Octagon United

How Can I Make 11+ Preparation Fun? = Be Imaginative and let your child guide you!

These are just examples to help you get creative but i really hope they’re helpful.  The sky is the limit and once you have found something your child is interested in you can really go to town on those mental hooks!

For more great tips and advice, take a look at my book which is on sale now! Alternatively, have a look at more of my 11+ blog series here

Here’s to life on your terms,

 

Rachel a.k.a The Life Hack Tutor

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