Imagine a lab where there is a rat in a cage running on a wheel. It keeps running but gets nowhere. Sounds familiar?… most of us are part of this system called the “rat race.” So each morning I wake up, get ready and at 7.30am, with my son, walk to work which takes 15 minutes. At 3.30pm I finish work and walk back home with my son. Day in, day out.

Exciting… Isn’t it? Not really, but it’s life for most of us (but I’m sure there are some that this does not apply too). However, the other week I woke up late and by the time we left the house it was 7.50am but I needed to be at work by 8am so we jumped in the car and zoomed down to the school I work at. Of course, I stayed within the 30 mph speed limit as teachers we cannot be breaking the law!

In the evening I needed to go shopping and my son came too. We left the house but the car was not outside the house… so we walked down the street but could not see the car, we walked up the street again and I looked at my son and said, “Where is the car?” He replied, “Don’t know”. I exclaimed, “It must have got stolen.” He remained silent. We both froze on the spot thinking what to do next, when I shouted out, “We left the car at school!” As against our usual practice we took the car to school but in our robotic programming we returned home by on foot forgetting the car at school!

Anyway… fast forward… one week later I am testing my son on his 9 times tables. I asked him, “What is 9 x 7?” He replied, “64.” I hollowed at him, “You what? You’ve forgotten your 9 times tables!” He calmly replied, “I forgot a small number of 63 but you forgot the £12,000 car!”

So I grinned and told him, “Well, I’m going to teach you a method to ensure you never will forget your 9 times tables in future even if I forget the car again.”

Below is the method I shared with my son to ensure he never forgets his 9 times tables!

Put both your hands out in front of you.

### 1 x 9 = 9

- Close the 1
^{st}finger, as it is 1 x 9. - You have 9 fingers open.
- The answer is
**9**.

### 2 x 9 = 18

- Close the 2
^{nd}finger, as it is 2 x 9. - There is 1 finger on the left, which represents 1 ten.
- There are 8 fingers on the right, which represents 8 units.
- The answer is
**18**.

### 3 x 9 = 27

- Close the 3
^{rd}finger, as it is 3 x 9. - There are 2 fingers on the left, which represents 2 tens.
- There are 7 fingers on the right, which represents 8 units.
- The answer is
**27**.

### 4 x 9 = 36

- Close the 4
^{th}finger, as it is 4 x 9. - There are 3 fingers on the left, which represents 3 tens.
- There are 6 fingers on the right, which represents 6 units.
- The answer is
**36**.

### 5 x 9 = 45

- Close the 5
^{th}finger, as it is 5 x 9. - There are 4 fingers on the left, which represents 4 tens.
- There are 5 fingers on the right, which represents 5 units.
- The answer is
**45**.

### 6 x 9 = 54

- Close the 6
^{th}finger, as it is 6 x 9. - There are 5 fingers on the left, which represents 5 tens.
- There are 4 fingers on the right, which represents 4 units.
- The answer is
**54**.

### 7 x 9 = 63

- Close the 7
^{th}finger, as it is 7 x 9. - There are 6 fingers on the left, which represents 6 tens.
- There are 3 fingers on the right, which represents 3 units.
- The answer is
**63**.

**8 x 9 = 72**

- Close the 8th finger, as it is 8 x 9.
- There are 7 fingers on the left, which represents 7 tens.
- There are 2 fingers on the right, which represents 2 units.
- The answer is
**72**.

**9 x 9 = 81**

- Close the 9th finger, as it is 9 x 9.
- There are 8 fingers on the left, which represents 8 tens.
- There is 1 finger on the right, which represents 1 unit.
- The answer is
**81**.

**10 x 9 = 90**

- Close the 10th finger, as it is 10 x 9.
- There are 410 fingers on the left, which represents 10 tens.
- There are no fingers on the right, which represents 0 units.
- The answer is
**90**.

The flaw with this system is that you cannot do 11 x 9 or 12 x 9… but that’s life!

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Smart son I would think! 😆

Agree totally 🙂 All praise to the Lord!