I have discovered a fantastic, kid-friendly way to teach the times tables that has generated excitement among teachers, students, and over a million viewers on YouTube. Have you ever heard of the Calvin and Hobbs cartoons? Calvin, a little kid with a BIG imagination, has a stuffed tiger named Hobbs, who comes alive and talks with him. You take two numbers and add them and magically get an entirely different number.
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You have to believe it or not. Why, this math book is full of things that have to be accepted on faith. I tell you, it is a religion. Call a lawyer! Calvin, and a large majority of kids, are creative, imaginative right-brain thinkers, who learn by seeing the big picture.
However, most children are taught math in a rote, left-brain way and feel bad about math and themselves for not understanding it, and, like Calvin, they become math atheists. Five years ago I was working at a Charter school and I was asked to prepare kids for standardized tests in math. It went well until one day I was working with Betty, a 5th grade student who refused to even look at a math problem. So, feeling inspired, I had her create the Ones using patterns, and then the Twos using other patterns.
We were simply playing with patterns, but after a while I helped her find patterns that revealed the big picture of the entire times table! It all began to make sense to her. Seeing is believing. She now had an entirely different attitude about math, and about herself. I worked on the times table that night, expanding this pattern discovery process, and I tried a new version the next day with more students.
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They had the same positive reaction that Betty had! Kids loved this right-brained approach to math, and teachers and the principal loved it too as well as parents, particularly home-schooling parents. I continued to play with and expand this visual right-brain math approach, and posted free videos on YouTube, revealing in playful and animated patterns the bigger picture of math. Everybody encouraged me to share this gift with the world. My intention with this expanding right brain math approach is to help kids feel good about math, and themselves, and help them become math believers.
To see MisterNumbers Free videos on Youtube:. Tags: fun , homeschool , math , maths , MisterNumbers , multiplication , right brain , teaching , times table , Waldorf , worksheet. Oct 13 What is the EZ Times Table? There is a link in that video for an earlier video creating the Ones and Twos on it.
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Kindergarden students have created and understood the whole times table up to 10 x 10 on the EZ Times Table. The EZ Times Table can be created on graph paper. You can also buy the Right Brain Math book a new expanded version of the EZ Times Table book below that has all the blank tables with step-by-step directions, as well as 16 other playsheets and info on the Right Brain approach using Number Wheels and Tic Tac Toe Squares. I, myself have learned the times tables better. Thank you so very much. Where was this when I was in school learning. Great help for my homeschoolers! Aug 08 Thank you for giving a non-visually-oriented math geek some fun tricks to show the visual-spatial kids in my life.
MrNumbers answered the phone and took care of the order. I got the DVD and it is awesome. My kids love what little we have done. They are learning and having fun! Excellent seller, I feel like he is more concerned with children learning than money. Book is great, shipping was fast, and service was courteous. I only wish a more advanced book could be created as well. My kids found it to be neat but they ran through it too fast because they are older 10 — Full written instructions for all twelve domino games — and many others — can be found on the 'games' page of my website www.
The Rounding Race below is a game for 2 or more players that uses digit cards to provide practice in Exploring how and why a times tables square works, at the concrete level, is a very valuable activity that promotes understanding. Watch the final minutes of my video on the area model of multiplication posted on this page earlier this month for a brief introduction. Just published is some new research from Queen's University Belfast about the prevalence of dyscalculia, the relatively small number of children who actually get diagnosed, and the fact that girls with maths difficulties are particularly disadvantaged by the current situation.
The area model is a great way to represent multiplication and division.
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It is ideal for learners with dyscalculia and anyone else who struggles to memorise the multiplication tables facts. The area model is simple to construct at both the concrete and diagrammatic levels and is at its most powerful when used as a support for calculation strategies based on reasoning. Working in a carefully planned progressions from concrete to diagrammatic to abstract or symbolic, as the final stage is called in Singapore Maths or Maths Mastery is now widely accept as good practice.
Here is an easy game about the numbers up to 10 that includes elements from all three stages.
For all those readers and viewers who ask about the rulers I use in my step-counting video, here is a metal 30cm ruler that just happens to have a channel in which Cuisenaire rods can comfortably fit. Learn the rules by watching the video.
Using the times tables chart
Instructions for this card game have now been added to the many free teaching games available at www. One of the games in the new ebook 'Understanding Fractions' [iBooks] uses paper folding to show what equivalent fractions mean, by having the players create and record different equivalent fractions on every turn.
Watch this short extract from one of the demonstration videos in the new ebook 'Understanding Fractions' to see how folding and cutting paper strips can help a child develop a better understanding of fractions.
The ebook contains many activities and games and more than an hour's worth of demonstration videos. Jump to. Sections of this page. Accessibility Help. Email or Phone Password Forgot account?
All worksheets come with an answer key; however, you need to click to the answer key page immediately after generating a worksheet, because the answer key also is generated 'on the fly', and won't exist later on, should you come looking for it later. This workbook has been compiled and tested by a team of math experts to increase your child's confidence, enjoyment, and success at school. Fourth Grade: Provides practice at all the major topics for Grade 4 with emphasis on multiplication and division of larger numbers.
Includes a review of Grade 3 topics and a preview of topics in Grade 5. Includes Times Tables practice.