## DONT Teach BUT PLAY the basics of Arithmetic.

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• Dear Mr.Malcom this link was posted earlier by a member. it is wonderful. http://donpotter.net please open the maths link. The books are very very simple,
Message 1 of 9 , Feb 10, 2010
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Dear Mr.Malcom

this link was posted earlier by a member. it is wonderful.
http://donpotter.net
please open the maths link. The books are very very simple, interesting and the exercises given are so much alike the real world.

(AND A BIG THANK YOU FOR THE MEMBER WHO HAD POSTED THE ABOVE WEBSITE. Am sorry don't remember who it was.)

I hope you are not anxious about her learning mathematics. Please go slow. There might be some inner difficulty in the child, which might get aggravated if you panic.
Play maths, don't try to teach. My elder daughter is 9yrs now, and it is only a few days ago that i realized this!

Warm regards
Chitra

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From: Malcolm Printer <malcolmrprinter@...>
Subject: [alt-ed-india] Teaching a child the basics of Arithmetic.
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Date: Wednesday, 10 February, 2010, 6:15 PM

 Dear friends, My 8 year old daughter is experiencing difficulties in learning multiplication, addition and subtraction. Can you advise me about creative methods to support her in learning these concepts well? Thank you! With love, Malcolm R. Printer

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• check out www.makingmathmorefun.com Teresa Evans has a set of books making basic arithmetic fun. However well your child understands the concept of
Message 2 of 9 , Feb 10, 2010
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check out
www.makingmathmorefun.com
Teresa Evans has a set of books making basic arithmetic fun.
However well your child understands the concept of multiplication learning the tables is inevitable. To this end, http://www.bigbrainz.com/Download.html is a fun game.

Check out http://www.homeschoolmath.net/online/addition_subtraction.php which is also an excellent source of math resources.
regards
bhuvana

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From: malcolmrprinter@...
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 04:45:28 -0800
Subject: [alt-ed-india] Teaching a child the basics of Arithmetic.

 Dear friends, My 8 year old daughter is experiencing difficulties in learning multiplication, addition and subtraction. Can you advise me about creative methods to support her in learning these concepts well? Thank you! With love, Malcolm R. Printer

• Dear Malcolm, The best help you can ever get would be from Jodogyan.Its a non profit organisation situated in Delhi which runs a school for the slum children
Message 3 of 9 , Feb 11, 2010
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Dear Malcolm,
The best help you can ever get would be from Jodogyan.Its a non profit organisation situated in Delhi which runs a school for the slum children from the funds obtained from mathematical toys and conducting Maths workshops for teachers in schools all over the country.Its main objective is to make maths learning interesting and full of fun for each and every child.Please log in to www.jodogyan.org for further information.
Regards,
Lakshmi
• Dear Malcolm, You could try the Trachtenberg system of basic math. It is simple, powerful and great fun. For an introductory article see
Message 4 of 9 , Feb 12, 2010
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Dear Malcolm,

You could try the Trachtenberg system of basic math. It is simple, powerful and great fun. For an introductory article see

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trachtenberg_system

There is also an Indian edition of the book "The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics" by Ann Cutler and Rudolph McShane published by Rupa and Co; this a translation and adaptation of Trachtenberg's original book of 1960. Highly recommended, since I found that using it made a difference to my 9-year old son's attitude toward math.

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> Dear friends,
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> My 8 year old daughter is experiencing difficulties in learning multiplication, addition and subtraction. Can you advise me about creative methods to support her in learning these concepts well? Thank you!
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> With love,
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> Malcolm R. Printer
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• Hi all, I happen to be a weird person (according my daughter) who was not daunted by Maths, even as a child. I also have an older sister, who always failed
Message 5 of 9 , Feb 12, 2010
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Hi all,

I happen to be a 'weird person' (according my daughter) who was not daunted by Maths, even as a child. I also have an older sister, who always failed in maths during school days; but finds herself very comfortable with math calculations as an adult! I leave you to draw your own conclusions on how this could be possible!

My personal opinion is that alternative methods as Vedic mathematics or this Trachtenberg system etc would be fun for those who can cross-check the fundas and see why they work in the first place and then apply them as short-cut methods, as informed individuals.

Why confuse a child who is already grappling with the basic stuff by introducing random methodologies which would involve rote learning to a certain extent; while gaining no real insight into how we are arriving at the answer? Would it not be better to let them use the straight-forward methods only; in a fun way?

Also, it is very important for the child to be NOT consider his/herself to be somehow inferior/worthless for the inability to get maths easily. We all know it ultimately boils down to which side of a person's brain is dominant in its use.

Warm Regards,
Lalita

• Hurray Lalitha ! Way to go ! Venugopal Maddukuri +91 9880 063 252
Message 6 of 9 , Feb 13, 2010
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Hurray Lalitha ! Way to go !

+91 9880 063 252

On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM, Lalita wrote:

Hi all,

I happen to be a 'weird person' (according my daughter) who was not daunted by Maths, even as a child. I also have an older sister, who always failed in maths during school days; but finds herself very comfortable with math calculations as an adult! I leave you to draw your own conclusions on how this could be possible!

My personal opinion is that alternative methods as Vedic mathematics or this Trachtenberg system etc would be fun for those who can cross-check the fundas and see why they work in the first place and then apply them as short-cut methods, as informed individuals.

Why confuse a child who is already grappling with the basic stuff by introducing random methodologies which would involve rote learning to a certain extent; while gaining no real insight into how we are arriving at the answer? Would it not be better to let them use the straight-forward methods only; in a fun way?

Also, it is very important for the child to be NOT consider his/herself to be somehow inferior/worthless for the inability to get maths easily. We all know it ultimately boils down to which side of a person's brain is dominant in its use.

Warm Regards,
Lalita

• Oops.... Lalita Venugopal Maddukuri +91 9880 063 252
Message 7 of 9 , Feb 13, 2010
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Oops.... Lalita

+91 9880 063 252

On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 5:21 PM, Venugopal Maddukuri wrote:
Hurray Lalitha ! Way to go !

+91 9880 063 252

On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM, Lalita wrote:

Hi all,

I happen to be a 'weird person' (according my daughter) who was not daunted by Maths, even as a child. I also have an older sister, who always failed in maths during school days; but finds herself very comfortable with math calculations as an adult! I leave you to draw your own conclusions on how this could be possible!

My personal opinion is that alternative methods as Vedic mathematics or this Trachtenberg system etc would be fun for those who can cross-check the fundas and see why they work in the first place and then apply them as short-cut methods, as informed individuals.

Why confuse a child who is already grappling with the basic stuff by introducing random methodologies which would involve rote learning to a certain extent; while gaining no real insight into how we are arriving at the answer? Would it not be better to let them use the straight-forward methods only; in a fun way?

Also, it is very important for the child to be NOT consider his/herself to be somehow inferior/worthless for the inability to get maths easily. We all know it ultimately boils down to which side of a person's brain is dominant in its use.

Warm Regards,
Lalita

• Appreciate the references provided by various members. But I would, in addition, look forward to methods tried with our children - so we know some newer ones.
Message 8 of 9 , Feb 16, 2010
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Appreciate the references provided by various members.
But I would, in addition, look forward to methods tried with our children -
so we know some newer ones.

Please share, freely, whatever you are doing at home.

Cheers, Deepa
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Bhuvana Venkat
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check out
www.makingmathmorefun.com
Teresa Evans has a set of books making basic arithmetic fun.
However well your child understands the concept of multiplication learning
the tables is inevitable. To this end,

which is also an excellent source of math resources.
regards
bhuvana

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From: malcolmrprinter@...
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 04:45:28 -0800
Subject: [alt-ed-india] Teaching a child the basics of Arithmetic.

Dear friends,

My 8 year old daughter is experiencing difficulties in learning multiplication, addition and subtraction. Can you
advise me about creative methods to support her in learning these concepts well? Thank you!

With love,

Malcolm R. Printer