Do you have a young person that is in need of some math help like my 12 year old daughter was? I was looking around on the net for some simple math worksheets to help her improve her memory skills and simple addition and multiplication.
Did you know that the current way of doing math, (reading from right to left) is being challenged and the new and better way to do math in your head is from left to right?
I thought this was pretty strange, but once I started to add and subtract numbers in my head from left to right…I GOT IT. It was so much easier for me to do it that way. So why on Earth are we still telling kids to do it from right to left which is MUCH harder.
Here is a simple training video I found on youtube that shows you how much faster this new way of thinking can be done in your head.
And this video by mental math secrets shows you even more powerful techniques you can use to really increase the speed in which you can do math in your head. Check it out.
I have also been using the videos from http://www.mathusee.com/ to help my daughter, and the best part is she loves to watch these videos. The guy seems a little boring to me, but she thinks he is funny which helps with her attention span.
The point is, he makes math visual, which you can do more easily in your head. Don’t you need your math skills on the fly in your head more often than when you have a pen and paper to do all the computations? YES!
Here are some interesting facts about mental calculations from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_calculation