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Times Tables = A New Business by Eugenia Francis

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In the mid-1980s, Eugenia Francis created a clever method for teaching children the multiplication tables—an idea that she has turned into a business in her retirement years. "When my son was in third grade, we would sit for what seemed like hours at the kitchen table doing rote multiplication drills," says Ms. Francis, now 64. "So I made up a new method to teach him based on visual patterns that took the agony out of his math homework." Eugenia Francis .At the time, Ms. Francis was a lecturer in the English department at the University of California at Irvine. Busy with work and raising two children, she didn't think about taking her multiplication methods to a wider audience. But when she retired in 2001, with the idea of taking the time to finish and publish a novel she had been working on for years, the memory of her times-tables graphs came back to her.

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