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This book can be used by anyone who desires to improve in his or her performance in Mathematics.
For elementary learners, it is recommended that their parents should read and digest the principles in this report and begin to teach them to their children as soon as possible.
These six steps are so powerful that I can guaranty that if you follow them religiously, your performance in Maths will soar.
Are you ready for the journey of transformation, then, let’s go.
WHAT IMPRESSION DO YOU HOLD ABOUT MATHS?
Inoneofourinterventionprogramswerunforschools,A JSS 3 student walked down to me and said, ―Mr. Biodun, I can never be good at Maths.‖ I asked her why. She told me that her mother has told her that she (the mother) was not good at Maths too when she was young. ―Being poor at Mathematics runs in the family‖ she concluded.
Can you see how this mother has simply set her daughter up for failure in Maths? We attacked the disempowering belief that her mother had planted in her. We loaded her up with empowering beliefs. We made her have fun with figures using my book- Mathematics Tricks. We equally taught her cutting edge strategies in Maths. That was all, within two terms, the girl that thought being poor at Maths runs in her gene, started to top her class inMaths.
The beginning of most children’s challenges in Mathematics is from the kind of impression their parents have given them aboutMaths.
Many parents are holding too many erroneous beliefs about Maths. Sadly, they are directly or indirectly passing the same beliefs across to their children.
Time and space will not permit me to explore all the wrong beliefs people hold about Maths but popular among them include:
Maths is just a collection of facts, formulas,and procedures to bememorized.
Maths is about getting the right answer as quicklyas possible
Some people have a natural ability to workMaths while others are not born with thisability.
Allowing your child to believe any of the above myths will not help her in mastering the subject.
My strong advice is, If you hold any of these erroneous
beliefs, please don’t tell your child. It will do more harm to them than good.
There Is a New Way to Look At Maths
When most people are asked to describe Maths, they describe Maths in terms of its contents. They think of Maths as addition, subtraction, multiplication, algebra, and soon.
Those are elements that merely label the content. But there’s so much more to Maths. To have an accurate evaluation of what Maths is, you need to think of mathematics as an action word! Maths is THINKING, REASONING, ANALYZING, ASKING QUESTIONS, DISCOVERING PATTERNS, and SOLVING PROBLEMS.
If you want your children to love Maths, create a culture in your home that allows your children to explore their own questions, make mistakes without being judged, and solve challenging problems. That is the way to create the ideal space for them to develop mathematical thinking skills.
In this guide, I will show you how to build that culture. I truly believe anyone can do Maths and LOVE Maths!
Biodun Omosaku Brain Coach
Biodun Omosaku Learning Technologies (BOLT)
WHAT IS YOUR CHILD’S PERCEPTION ABOUT MATHS?
WhenmostpeoplethinkaboutMaths,thisiswhatthey associate Maths with:
However, When Mathematicians think about Maths, This is what they associate it with:
That is why Mathematicians seek answers and they could spend days, weeks, or years in trial and error attempt to find answers to a particular problem. And they love it.
The way a child sees Maths will determine his or her approach to it. When a child sees Maths as a problem, boring, scary etc., he or she will not be able to approach it with interest and confidence. As a result, he will not like to do it.
If however, a child sees Maths as curiosity, play, discovery etc., he or she will love to explore. As a result, he will lose the count of time when working on Maths.
If a child loves Mathematics, he will not find it difficult to explore different options in trying to find solutions to Maths problems.
The fun of Mathematics is in trial and error. As parents, we need to let our children know that trial and error is part of Mathematics and it is the best way to learn Maths.
The process is more important than the answer. The process of attempting to solve a problem is more important to learning than getting the right answer!
What Maths is trying to inculcate in our children is the ability to think. This ability to think is enhanced when children are allowed to solve problems on their own.
Education research clearly shows that students who are left to struggle in problem solving with limited help from a teacher or parent, perform better on subsequent tests than students whose teachers help them to arrive at the right answers.
As parents, we need to encourage our children to think.
Ask your child questions that help you ascertain their level of understanding.
Do they know why and how a procedure works?
Can they explain why they followed a particular process?
Ask them to convince you that their answer isright.
If you spot errors in their thinking, ask more questions to help them identify where they wentwrong.
HOW YOU INTRODUCE MATHS TO YOUR CHILD COUNTS
TheperceptionmostchildrenhaveaboutMathstodayis a function of how the subject was introduced to them. If Maths was introduced to a child by the use of force, he or she will see Maths as a burden. He will only do it when the parents are watching.
Make It FUN FOR THEM FIRST
Kids love to play. That is why they love computer games. When Maths is introduced to a child with fun, he naturally wants to spend time with it like he does with your phone games.
Whether it is Maths or any other subject, learning should start by making it fun FIRST. Then, once a positive connection is established, we can then help them to build the necessary subject skills through lessons and practice.
Sadly, most people never experienced Maths in a joyful way particularly at the point where it was introduced to them. Instead, they feel forced to do boring, repetitive exercises.
The danger is this; you can only push your kids to do Maths for some time. At a point, they will lose interest and start pushingback.
Can you recall how Maths was introduced to you too?
For me, the experience was not palatable at all. I was forced to learn how to write numbers i.e. 1, 2, 3 etc. WhenI
barely managed to master that one, I was forced to memorize the multiplication table.
My father, being a typical African man that he was, would hold a big stick, and demanded me to recite my one to twelve multiplication tables.
If I missed it, he would hit the cane on my head probably to
―stimulate‖mybraintofunctionwell.Alltheseexperiences gave me a wrong impression about Maths and hence my initial hatred for the subject.
It’s much easier for our kids to learn when they enjoy what they are doing. We need to introduce Maths to them in a very fun way.
Kids are naturally curious about mathematical concepts. That is the whole idea behind my book MATHEMATIC TRICKS. The book is packed with 30 Amazing Maths tricks to wow every child and to foster their love for Mathematics.
You can also foster their natural curiosity and desire to solve problems by playing games, doing puzzles together, and trying a few Maths projects athome.
Once you have increased their desire to do Maths, you can add Maths practice exercises to your routine. Note, the first thing first – get them to have fun with Maths. My book Mathematics Tricks has proven to be most effective in this regard. It makes children have Fun with figures and as a result make them fall in love withMaths.
WHY YOUR CHILD DOESN’T WANT YOU TO TEACH HIM
Haveyouwonderedwhymostchildrendon’tliketheir parents to teach them? I remember fear would run through my spine the moment my father told me I should bring my homework. It was usually a session of beating, sighing and negative talk. African fathers can be quitedemanding.
I was shocked to note that my children too really don’t enjoy me teach them as well. And this is usually frustrating because I know I can helpthem.
The surprising reason kid’s resist their parents’ help is because they don’t want to disappoint them.
Kids are extremely perceptive. They hear every subtle tone in your voice – your exasperation when they don’t get something obvious, your sarcasm when they complain it is too hard but you know they can do it or your disappointment when they get incorrect answers. When they have gone through all these in your hands, they don’t want you to teach them again.
Don’t Expect Anything from Them
You must remove your expectations from the equation. If you can be gentle, accept their mistakes, and remove the pressure, that is the only way you can connect with your child and teach him or her. I must admit that this is hard
to do but with conscious practice, you can teach your child in non-threatening way.
Ascertain They Need Help
Often, parents offer to help when the child does not require help.
Ask them to confirm they really want your helpbefore you start assisting.
When you help, try to ask questions that point them in the right direction, rather than just showing them exactly what todo.
Your guidance should be tuned so that your childstill feels like he/she did most of thework.
Mistakes Are Part of Learning
Explain to your child that mistakes are a natural consequence of learning. Then, teach them that it’s what they do after making a mistake that is most important.
High achievers go back and learn from mistakes and practice until they get it right. Encourage your child to do the same.
NURTURE THEIR CURIOSITY: DON’T KILL IT
— Albert Einstein
Researcheshaveshownthatanaverage4year-oldasks 65 questions per day. By age 8 that number drops to 32 and by age 45 we ask just 6 questions per day.
Children are born with insatiable curiosity, but we kill their curiosity by shouting them down. Curiosity is an essential element in loving Mathematics.
They Ask a lot of WHY
First, you need to know that it is NOT your responsibility to answer all of your child’s questions. Your role is to facilitate your children’s ability to answer their questions on their own.
I’ve found the best answer to ―Why …?‖ is ―Why do you think?‖ This allows for you to have a productive conversation where you can learn much more about what your child already knows as well as what concepts have not yet been learned.
Let Your Child Answer His or Her Own Questions
The biggest benefit of this strategy is it gets a child to accept the ―discomfort‖ of not knowing the answer and teachesthemtopersevereinthefaceof―notknowing‖with the confidence that if they keep trying, they will find a solution. Too many students lack the ability to managethis
―discomfort‖ and tend to beg for an answer or just give up.
Over time, this strategy will also teach your child how to investigate questions on their own and it will enhance their creativity. Most of the great discoveries in history are the result of passionately curious people asking a new question and seeking out the answer.
Next time your child asks one of those ―How does it work‖ type questions; try answering with ―How or Why do you think?‖ and see what happens.
Use Your Child’s Interests to Your Advantage.
If your child enjoys reading, find mysteries and other books that include Maths orpuzzles.
If your child likes Art or Animation, look for books or videos that can connect art to architecture or computer animation togeometry.
If your child likes to play LEGOs, encourage them to build a scale model of your home or any other building of interest.
If your child enjoys cooking, recipes are ripe for conversations about measurement, unit conversions, and proportions.
The amazing thing about Maths is that you can pursue its study just for fun or you can focus on its practical application in almost every facet of human existence.
RIGHT MINDSET ABOUT MATHS
Stanford psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck identified two learning mindsets which she calls the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. Her research on this topic is summarized in her excellent book, Mindset.
She claims that a person with a fixed mindset believes that traits like intelligence or musical talent are innate and cannot be changed.
People with a fixed mindset would say that some people are born with special ability for Maths. When a person holds this kind of disempowering mindset, he will not try hard to develop his intelligence.
When a student with a fixed mindset gets a poor mark in Maths,hewillsaytohimself,―I’mjustnotgoodatMaths.‖ He will not go back to learn from his mistakes or develop better studyhabits.
A person with a growth mindset believes that abilities and talents can be developed with hard work. They see failures, not as a judgment on their talent or self-worth, but as an opportunity to grow and improve.
While they feel the sting of a failure, they can move on to figure out how to perform better the next time.
When a student with a growth mindset gets a low mark in a Maths test, he will go back to his teacher to find out what he did not do right. He will develop better study habits and seeks extra help until he achievesmastery.
The good news is that anyone can change their mindset. Research shows that just knowing these two mindsets exist can help a person move toward the growth mindset framework. This is true even forchildren
It’s never too early to develop a growth mindset!
Praise Effort over Outcome
Whenyourchildcomeshomewithan‗A’onaMathstest, Say something like this ―I can see how your studying paid off.Greatwork.‖Ratherthansayingsomethinglike:―Wow! You’re sosmart!‖
If your child didn’t put in much effort, but still got a good grade, try saying ― It looks like that test was too easy for you. Maybe we can work on more challenging problems together.‖ This will teach them to value the process of learning as much as or even more than the marks.
LET YOUR CHILD LEARN BY DOING
WhenyourchildstruggleswithMathsproblems,it’s normal to want to rescue them. Too often, many parents will take the pencil away from the child and do the work for them.
While that may seem like the right thing to do but sincerely it is not. People learn by DOING, not by WATCHING.
Will you want to teach your child how to ride a bike by jumping on a bike and ask him to watch how you ride it? I am sure you won’t do that. Obviously, that won’t work, you’ve got to get them on a bike and go from there.
After your child watches you solve a problem, they may say Mummy ―I get it‖. If you are lucky, they might even remember all the steps, but certainly it won’t take long before they forget it.
It is the Person Who Does the Work that Doesthe Learning.
I recently watched some Maths videos. At the end, I really felt I understood the concepts.
Then I tried a few problems and quickly got stuck. I had forgotten exactly what I was supposed to do even though I had just finished watching the videos which seemedto make everything so clear and obvious.
I’m sure you’ve had this experience too before!
Be Patient, Your Child Will Surprise You
When your child seems stuck, give him/her the space to think and encourage him to press on.
If you need to help, be sure to ask more questions than you answer. By doing so, you’ll be building your child’s tolerance to persevere even when they think they are lost. This is a powerful skill for them to develop.
The greatest part of struggling with something challenging is the feeling of accomplishment you get when you finally break through. Don’t deny your child of this feeling!
Every child can persevere (even in Maths). I know because I see them do it every day while playing video games.
Maths and Video Games
Video games do a great job of presenting challenges that kids feel like they can solve, which is an enormous part of what makes them addictive. What video games DON’T do is give hints and answers!
Your child can persevere in Maths too if they feel like there is hope of success. Your job is to encourage that feeling.
From a brain chemistry perspective, what makes video games addicting is that your brain gets a dopamine hit every time you succeed. Dopamine is the brain chemical that causes you to feel reward and pleasure.
Once you get a dopamine hit, you crave more. Imagine how you will feel when your child is addicted to Maths! It’s possible, I’ve seen it time and again. But this is possible only when kids are given the freedom to find their own way. Children are much more capable than you think!
YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD EVEN WHEN YOU ARE NOT GOOD AT MATHS
Mathseducationhaschangedconsiderablyinthelast25 years. Parents are often frustrated because the topics, techniques and terminologies have changed.
Many parents fear that if they teach their children Maths the ―old way,‖ their children will be confused. And majorities don’t even know the subject at all.
How to Help Even When You Don’t Know the Maths
Iknowyoumaynothavetimetolearnallthe―newMaths‖ before your child begins to come home with Maths homework.
Your job is not to explain the HOW to do the Maths. You can still be helpful even when you don’t know all the Maths! You should focus on:
Foster a SAFE environment for mathematical thinking. You cannot learn without makingmistakes.
Build your child’s NUMBER SENSE. Practice doing mental Maths and making estimates. Provide hints as needed. This is where my book – MATHEMATICS TRICKS is most needed.
Have FUN! Kids tend to enjoy what their parents enjoy, so do some Maths WITHthem.
Questions You Can Ask.
Your job is NOT to explain the HOW to do the Maths. You can still be helpful even when you don’t know all the Maths! Here are some questions you can use:
―What is the problemasking?‖
―What do younotice?‖
―What questions do youhave?‖
―How do youknow?‖
―What if you could simplify theproblem?‖
INCREASE YOUR CHILD’S LOVE FOR MATHS USING MATHEMATICS TRICKS
Why do you think parents are advised to read to their children at night? Simply to foster their love for reading! Research shows that these experiences help children
develop early literacy skills. The best part of this exercise is that it is relaxing and fun for parents and kids.
Unfortunately, no one tells parents to do the same for Maths. If we can spend time to have fun with figures with our kids, this exercise will increase their love for figures andMaths.
Instead of finding ways to get the children to have fun with Maths, parents often get home lesson teachers to force Maths on their children’s brain. This is much like substituting night reading time for studying the dictionary. Your child would hate that! And yet, that is exactly what we do to Maths — reduced it to repetitivedrills.
Mathematics Tricks works in perfect harmony with human natural logical thinking process and once understood, it becomes very addictive just like a game! Imagine your child becoming addictive to Maths.
Here is what you and your child will learn to apply straight away in this course:
The long kept Maths secrets of Japanese and Indian children that give them exceptional abilities in Mathematics
Powerful Tricks to do 13 – 20 multiplication table within 2seconds
How to do multiplication table on yourfingers
Mind blowing alternative ways to solve Maths problems inseconds
Easiest Ways to multiply any two or three digit numbers
Square of a number ending with 5 in less than 5 seconds
Addition by alteration that will enable you to add sets of numbers in your head at a speed oflight
Tricks to work percentages in yourhead
Easiest and the fastest ways to work Fractions and Percentages
How to work outuncommonsquare roots within 5 secondsetc
It’s Mathematics magic — without ANY abracadabra. It’s scientifically sound… and 100%-accurate.
Even those who struggle with numbers can grasp this easily and once they do, their lives will NEVER be the same again.
Everything you’ll learn is easy to understand and will work for you…and will work forever!
It has worked for many people in the past, I am sure it will work for you (Parents) and for every student stressing about Maths.
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