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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 10:18

Magical Methods has created a group on Facebook for Parents who would like to improve their children in mathematics. As a parents you would be able to take expert advise from our experts FREE of cost.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 11:19
 
How to Improve Kids Grade in Maths?
Written by Pradeep Kumar   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:31

There are various problems due to which kids across the world fare badly in mathematics. I have listed out common problems faced by children while working with mathematics and their solution.

Problem: Unable to concentrate beyond some time

Solution

The normal concentration span of a student is around 50-60 minutes thereafter concentration starts wavering. But if your child is unable to concentrate this long then there is a problem. Tell him that once he finish the work he would be able to do something of his interest. This would help him to concentrate and finish the work. We use this technique while training at Magical Methods with great success. Vedic maths make maths very interesting and helps to concentrate.

Problem: Silly Mistakes

This is the most common mistake committed by a student while taking a Math Test. This happens because of reduction in concentration level and overconfidence of the child. A child should be confident while tackling problems but due to overconfidence he becomes little careless and starts committing silly mistakes.

Solution

Engage him in mathematical puzzles, and mind development games. See if he has interest in chess. If he is not interested in chess then there are hundreds of other games available in the market, which works towards concentration improvement of the child. Jigsaw puzzle is one among them. Younger children of 8-11 years of age would like it. Now a day Jigsaw puzzles come with cartoon character printed on them and the children would be more than willing to do that. Only thing you need to see is selection of the complexity of the puzzle i.e number of pieces in which the puzzle is divided should match with the age and the skills of the child. For example a child of 3-4 years would be able to assemble Jigsaw puzzle that has been divided in six pieces. A little older child would be able to assemble the Jigsaw puzzle that has been divided into 12 pieces. An experienced child should be able to assemble intricate Jigsaw puzzle. At Magical Methods we use games to teach so as to en cash on interest of the child. Increase in interest helps the child to concentrate.

Poor command over Tables

I interact with thousands of children every month. To my dismay I find that a good number of students show poor command over the tables. A few of them have gone to the higher classes say IX and X and still they rely on finger counting. When faced with multiplication like 16 × 7 they follow the complete multiplication steps to get the answer. Due to this Calculation takes more time and even a simple mathematics paper seems difficult to the students.

Solution

Tables are building block of Mathematics. Good command over table helps the child to work faster when it comes to algebra as well. We at Magical Methods train teachers in tables up to 99 using vedic maths. They can teach their students tables up to 99 without memorizing. You as a parent can learn this and teach your child.

Unable to understand due to lack of Fundamentals

Fundamentals are still taught in old-fashioned way in the school. Teachers teach fundamental without much of illustration therefore students are not able to visualize the problem when they face it. They try to learn mathematics much like other subjects where they memorize facts and figures. Mathematics wants a thorough and good understanding.

Solution

Encourage your child to visualize the problem before proceeding to solution. You can also help them in visualizing the problem. This can be accomplished by taking some example and showing step by step method of approaching the problem.

Start solving the problem without reading instructions

This problem has taken a shape of epidemic. Reading is difficult. It takes time and students do not like to read. Therefore, they infer things without reading it properly.

A lot of students lose marks because they do not read the instructions given in the beginning of the test. They feel that reading instructions is waste of time and they would rather use this time in solving the problem. In reality, students are provided with the instructions so that they should be aware of does and don'ts. It makes their exam taking a good experience.

Solution

Encourage your child to go through the instructions before proceeding to solution.

Good and Interesting books can help a child to develop reading habit so encourage your child to go to library and get books of his choice for reading at home.

 

Author:

Mr. Pradeep Kumar is an avid researcher and a remarkable trainer. He has over 20 years experience in industry. His work on Indian Mathematics (Vedic Maths) is most referred work across the country. He trains teachers to teach maths to children through games. He applies Vedic Math priciples and Games to bring desired improvement in students. Hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers teaches children using his methodology. Magical Methods has grown from a small entity to a behemoth under him. Magical Methods

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 11:17
 
How to Remove Finger Counting Habit of your Child?
Written by Pradeep Kumar   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:22

 

How to Remove Finger Counting of your Child?

What is Finger Counting?

Have you seen children using fingers to count? You must have. Apart from children I have seen a lot of elders using it as well. You can find it at ticket counters where you would see booking clerks using fingers to count. You can find it at several other places as well. Just keep it in mind and you would find.

A child gets into the habit of finger counting from the time he starts getting familiar with the numbers. He starts his journey to counting by representing numbers with lines. He learns to add numbers by adding lines and subtract numbers by removing lines.

For example if a child needs to add 4 with 5 then he would do the following:

Draw 4 lines, then draw 5 lines and then count all of them to get the answer. The process can be explained below.

Drawing four lines >>>> Drawing five lines >>>> Counting all the lines

Another example can be taken from subtraction where he needs to subtract 2 from 8 then he would do the following:

Draw 8 lines, then remove 2 lines and then count the remaining lines to get the answer. The process can be explained below.

Drawing eight lines >>>> Erasing two lines >>>> Counting all the lines

Drawing and counting lines take time. It is good for starting the journey of the numbers. But, after some time child wants to improve upon the time taken by the process of drawing and counting lines. A child who has learned the basics of addition and subtraction does not want to draw lines on paper because he finds it boring and starts searching for methods to get rid of drawing lines.

During this search period he sees some of his friends using fingers and not drawing lines. He fancies this and starts using his fingers. Over a period of time from adding and removing lines on paper or slate he starts using fingers to make himself fast. Once he starts using fingers he finds that he has saved a lot of time by not drawing lines. He enjoys this state and continues doing it. This develops into an irreversible habit of finger counting.


Is Finger Counting bad?

The answer to this question depends on the age of the child. If the child is small i.e in the formative stage (6 - 7 years) then it is required. It helps him in understanding and working with the numbers with whom he would be dealing through out his life. But as he child grows up the good thing required at the formative stage starts turning sour and starts impacting the performance of the child. Finger Counting makes the child slow. So the effort should be made to remove Finger Counting as soon as the child passed the formative age.


When should we start working on Finger Counting Removal?

When the child has attained 8 years of age then we should start working in the direction of Finger Counting Removal.


 

Does Vedic Maths help in Finger Counting Removal?

We have developed a course called Teachers Training--Vedic Maths for Kids. In this course we use Vedic Maths and specially designed tools to work on Finger counting removal.


How to remove Finger Counting?

Practice

It could be removed by practice. It would need 20 - 30 minutes per day. Start giving hundred sums on addition and subtraction every day to your child and get it done by him. It would take six to eight months. The sums should be of increasing difficulty. Meaning that you should give him easier sums first and little difficult one latter. Mastering difficult ones would be easier if he has mastered the easier ones. Do not increase the difficulty level suddenly. It needs to be gradual. But the children dislike it, they do not want to practice the way you want them to. They do not want to sit and do something like this.

Singing/Rhyming

Earlier the children used to practice by singing. Students used to assemble under the guidance of the teachers. One of the students used to lead the chorus and others used to follow. This was one very effective method of finger counting removal. Now, you would not find such teachers who can carry out such rituals. So there lies a problem.

Using Games

Using games to make them practice the concepts learned is very powerful tool. Children want to play. They can play endlessly. So the solution lies in finding a game which give him enough practice without him realizing it. We have developed one such course where we use various games to remove finger counting and teach maths facts/fundamentals. We train teachers who can teach maths facts/ fundamental to the children using games. On our website you can check TTP- VM for Kids.


 

Author:

Mr. Pradeep Kumar is an avid researcher and a remarkable trainer. He has over 20 years experience in industry. His work on Indian Mathematics (Vedic Maths) is most referred work across the country. He trains teachers to teach maths to children through games. He applies Vedic Math priciples and Games to bring desired improvement in students. Hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers teaches children using his methodology. Magical Methods has grown from a small entity to a behemoth under him. Magical Methods



 

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 11:26
 


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