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1. ## [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

Is there a hidden trick of effectively teaching addition to a kid? I have been mentoring my son in addition and what I am doing is, in adding two single digit nos. (eg. 8 + 9) he will memorize 9 then raise 8 fingers in his hand and count starting from 10 (next no. after 9), closing each finger after it has been counted until all is closed. This seem to be effective but there could be other tricks, like just adding a value to the higher no. (9, in this case 1 is to be added) and subtracting the value from the other no. (8) which will make it 7, and 17 could be easily derived from 10 and 7, will that be more effective over my previous method? Is there any other method of teaching addition?

I am looking also for an easy method to teach subtraction but I have not come up with an idea yet.

2. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

demonstrate visually. make it interesting for him, all kids are intelligent...., you might use beads or marbles to show mathematical techniques...

3. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

When doing mental I use all sorts of little tricks like you described (eg if I'm multiplying 7 by 9 I actually multiply 7 by 10 then take 7 away - that sort of thing). I imagine most people have little tricks like that but I'm not sure they're something you can actually teach, they're the sort of think people make up for themselves.

When you're talking about teaching maths to a child I think probably the best thing you can do is help them to visualise the problem. Holding up fingers is one way of doing that. Using beads or something similar is possibly a bit better (because it get's them away from thinking in tens). Children tend to understand things they can see better than abstract concepts.

4. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

[Not so serious]
People learn by association, so if he likes sweets:

"If I have 15 sweets and eat 6 of them, how many are left for you? A: None, get your own you greedy bugger"

Or, if the kid likes to play GTA:

"If there are 30 prostitutes in the park, and you have 1 minute 30 seconds on a moped, how many prostitutes can you gun down?"

I fear my kid is going to be scared for life :O

[Serious ]

But on a serious note, associate the learning with something that he enjoys, that will increase his speed of learning.

5. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

This helped me out a lot when I was younger when I was learning multiplication:

9*2 = 18, (1 + 8 = 9)
9*3 = 27, (2 + 7 = 9)
9*4 = 36, (3 + 6 = 9)
9*5 = 45, (4 + 5 = 9)
9*6 = 54, (5 + 4 = 9)
9*7 = 63, (6 + 3 = 9)
9*8 = 72, (7 + 2 = 9)
9*9 = 81, (8 + 1 = 9)
9*10 = 90, (9 + 0 = 9)

The digits when added equal 9.

6. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

Originally Posted by dee-u
Is there a hidden trick of effectively teaching addition to a kid? I have been mentoring my son in addition and what I am doing is, in adding two single digit nos. (eg. 8 + 9) he will memorize 9 then raise 8 fingers in his hand and count starting from 10 (next no. after 9), closing each finger after it has been counted until all is closed. This seem to be effective but there could be other tricks, like just adding a value to the higher no. (9, in this case 1 is to be added) and subtracting the value from the other no. (8) which will make it 7, and 17 could be easily derived from 10 and 7, will that be more effective over my previous method? Is there any other method of teaching addition?

I am looking also for an easy method to teach subtraction but I have not come up with an idea yet.
When I was 7, when I was hanging out with my family's upstairs neighbor (he was an adult), he found out I didn't know the multiplication table.

So he forced me to memorize and recite it, and wouldn't let me leave until I did.

7. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

For every number wrong, they get 10 spanks.

So if they say 8-2=5, they get 10 spanks, if they say 3 they get 30 spanks.

Please be advised there has been no scientific study conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the above method, and no guarantee is specified or implied by the above statement. May be illegal in certain States or municipalities. Certain adverse side effects have been reported in limited cases; these side affects are generally mild and normally appear decades later. Use at your own risk. Not to be used with children that are hard of hearing or visually impaired.

8. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

Also not recommended for children that are unusually large for their age and happen to be bigger than you.

9. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

I remember a book called Math Magic that I read quite a few years ago that had various tricks for doing mental math in your head.

I found a place on the web that sells it.
Math Magic by Scott Flansburg

Perhaps the book that's advertised just below it is better. It got 5 stars from 27 reviewers and Math Magic didn't do as well.

10. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

Originally Posted by Arrow_Raider
This helped me out a lot when I was younger when I was learning multiplication:

9*2 = 18, (1 + 8 = 9)
9*3 = 27, (2 + 7 = 9)
9*4 = 36, (3 + 6 = 9)
9*5 = 45, (4 + 5 = 9)
9*6 = 54, (5 + 4 = 9)
9*7 = 63, (6 + 3 = 9)
9*8 = 72, (7 + 2 = 9)
9*9 = 81, (8 + 1 = 9)
9*10 = 90, (9 + 0 = 9)

The digits when added equal 9.
The nine times tables are the only tables when you add the digits you get te table value. I don't think that would method would work for the other times tables.

11. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

At 7 years old, I learned the multiplication table by memorizing it... because the teacher forced us to.

However, the easiest way to learn is visual method.

12. ## Re: [Serious]Best method to teach Math to a 6 year old

Originally Posted by Nightwalker83
The nine times tables are the only tables when you add the digits you get te table value. I don't think that would method would work for the other times tables.
But I do not see how that makes somebody learn the nine times table..

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