Category: learn math

Is Your Child A Math Genius?

How many of you think that your child may be a math genius? Is there really any such a thing as a child math genius?

Of course there is!  🙂

Here is a video I want to share with you that shows a group of children who have been classified as math geniuses.
Unbelievable Footage of 6 Year Old Math Geniuses
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Pretty good, right!

If your child isn’t a math genius, or maybe is struggling with trying to learn math, we can help!

Visit our Mathnasium site and give us a call today!

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Learn Algebra The Right Way

Learning math and then algebra can be a difficult progression for many students in today’s public educational process. It should be a natural progression if done properly. I whole-heartedly agree with this article I found by Mr. VanNoy, where he gives a good explanation of how he believes children should be taught algebra. Check it out and see if it makes sense to you?

Embedding Algebra For Young Learners

My students have told me often that in the upper elementary school years, 4th or 5th grade, they started to learn Algebra. Usually, this memory evokes shudders of pain. Some explain that they never really “got the hang of Algebra”, and that it looks like “just a bunch of letters, numbers, and mixed-up rules” jumbled together. This has been a common discussion over the years with students who somehow got moved on from the comfortable levels of Arithmetic into the strange world of Algebra before they were really ready for it. How young is too young for us to teach our students algebraic concepts?

The answer — kids are never too young to learn algebra; they just need to be introduced to it in the right way, when they are ready. So, if it looks like algebra is next in your child’s curriculum list, what do you do?
This question is actually part of the problem . . . Algebra should not be handled as a separate unit at a certain time. It is actually best taught as an embedded idea as soon as children know how to count and can use elementary mathematical symbols. In short, if they can count, add and subtract, then they are ready.

Algebra quite simply is the study of arithmetic structure. . . So, how does the teacher introduce algebra concepts to the young student? Even at the youngest ages, our children can be ready for the following lesson sequence:

  • Build on the arithmetic strategies the student knows already. Introduce algebra ideas in a natural, comfortable way, linking from the natural, mathematical ideas of counting and basic numeric operations. Discuss money exchanges, adding and subtracting objects from piles and groups.
    “If I have $16 in my pocket and pay Shari, and I am left with $9, how much did I pay her?”
    “Jeff has three pieces of gum in one pocket and five in the other. How many altogether? If he has three in one pocket but eleven total, how many in this pocket . . .”
    “Jeff has three pieces in this pile, as you can see, but 12 in total. How many are in the pile I am covering?”
  • Make it interactive and fun. You want your student to be engaged and participate in the situations you present orally. Use “mystery numbers” and unknown numbers of pieces as the stand-ins for variables. Use funny sounds to represent the variables in a different order to create aural representations of equations. Let your kids make up their own examples and create funny sounds. Make it a hands-on experience whenever possible.
    “I am a number. When I add 6 more, I have 13. What number am I?”
    “15 plus (oooomff) makes 28. How much is (oooomff)”
    “(arrrrrrgh) groups of 8 makes 32. How many groups is (arrrrrrgh)?”
  • Introduce rules and properties in the student’s own language, and then move into the proper math vocabulary of “rules of equality”, “equal operations”, and “distributive property”.
    Use the concepts of fairness and balance. You want the concepts to be learned before students are required to label the procedures formally.

To start talking about the concept of variables and equations, the learning sequence is extremely important here. If the developmental stages are skipped, students will try to memorize procedures and the understanding is lost. Orally introduce situations where there is an unknown quantity or mystery number, then represent the variable a funny sound or gesture, then move on to written symbols. Avoid using letter variables until your students are ready. In summary, algebra is the study of the arithmetic structures of our world, and is a toolbox we use to solve problems. The abstract nature of variables and equations and properties can only be understood after a proper developmental sequence of hands-on and oral examples, moving into the symbolic realm, and then progressing into pencil and paper exercises. Make it fun and interactive; allow your students to create their own examples and tap into their own curiosity. Embed these ideas into their basic curriculum lessons, not as a separate unit. Students of algebra need to be able to see how variables and equations are used to do any type of problem solving, and are tools to unlock mysteries in the world of numbers and patterns.

By: Terry VanNoy

Terry VanNoy’s class sessions, Math with Mr. V are by appointment only . . . Call toll free 1-877-317-3317 to arrange a free consultation! Help your child feel more successful in his or her math classroom.

I like Mr VanNoy’s approach to teaching math and algebra. Too often the students are thrown into algebra without taking the time to know that they have a good general understanding of the concepts behind algebra. I hope this helps you when looking for a tutor to help your child learn algebra and math.

Visit our Mathnasium site  if you are in the Cherry Hill NJ area and are looking for some math help for your child.

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Focus More To Help Yourself Learn Math

Sometimes the key to doing well in learning math is just to stay focused!

In this day and age with so many things calling out for our attention, like cellphones, tablets, televisions, computers and assorted other devices, it’s hard to focus your attention on just one thing. However, the article I’m about to share with you will offer you some tips on staying focused so that you may do better in whatever endeavor your currently involved in. So without further ado here it is:

Stay Focused When Studying With These Tips

Are you like me in that you cannot keep your concentration on the task at hand when it comes to studying your schoolwork? There is no need to panic or beat yourself up because you can’t seem to get the metric table and metric conversion calculator down. There are a number of easy solutions to this problem. You simply need to follow a routine when tackling concentrations difficulties.

I know it’s an uneasy feeling. No one likes to be in a situation where we are forced to focus with so many other things going on around us. While it may seem as pretty frightening at first, it’s really not that difficult to change your outlook and become a more focused student. Here are a few simple methods to follow and improve your study concentration for that next metric conversion and metric calculator test:

The first thing I want you to do is take out a piece of paper and make a list of ten points on why you should concentrate more. For example, studying for a good grade in math and knowing metric conversion would be a good reason. If your list has a lot of valid and strong reasons for staying focused, you’ll most likely stay that way. Categorize your reasons and thoughts in two areas – pros and cons. On one side of the list, write down all the positive things that can happen if you concentrate on your studies. The other side will be designated for the many potential negatives that can happen if you don’t concentrate on studying for your metric conversion calculator quiz.

Get rid of any and all possible distractions. These would be your TV, iPod, cellphone, computer or anything else that can potentially grab your much needed attention away from your metric table studies. You’ll often hear some students make false claims that they study better with the TV on or while they’re listening to music. This is simply untrue and unfounded.

Always set a defined timetable for yourself. It’s very important for you to establish very clear and set goals on what to you need to achieve during a particular metric conversion table study session, for example. Don’t forget to also think about how long it should take you to accomplish this study period timetable. A clear goal can be accomplished through proper planning.

In general, my advice is do your best and study smartly as much as you can. Avoid studying when you are hungry, and always think about what failure would mean to you. I like to form a visual image in my mind of what an “F” would mean to my future in college and when looking for a job.

By: Anne Harvester

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Anne is a math teacher who loves teaching her students all about the metric conversion table. Recently, her classroom has been covering all there is to know about the metric conversion and metric conversion calculator.

So now you’re ready to go! Get yourself focused and head on over to Mathnasium, where we teach math in a way that children can understand.

Have a great  day!

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How Well Have You Learned Your Math?

The NY Times posts up some math problems from time to time to keep their readership amused and perhaps even perplexed at times!

I found a challenging problem today as I was reading through the site that I wanted to share with you.

You can work out the problem and select your answer right on their site and get instant feedback. That way you’ll know whether you correctly solved the problem.



You can see the problem by clicking here!

I was able to solve the problem correctly, how about you?

Too hard?  Too easy?

So I hope it helped stimulate your brain today and perhaps even created some new neural pathways for you!  🙂

Have yourself a great day!

Learning Math Is A Love Hate Relationship

If you talk to people about math, you’ll usually get a response that they love math or they hate math! There are very few in-between responses.

Some dislike memorizing the multiplication tables, others dislike the complex formulas that you can have in algebra and geometry.

But you have to admit that our minds are very creative!

I found this picture at and you have to admit that the student was indeed very creative!

So what is your feeling toward math? Do you love it or do you hate it?

I’d love to hear your responses!

Have a great day!

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Is Math Really Hard?

Many people feel that math is really hard to learn. Both children and adults seem to have this opinion.

So it was with amusement that I read or rather looked at this article called:

10 Photos That Definitively Prove Math Is Really, Really Hard

Now I have a disclaimer of sorts …. the third picture in the article deals with the quadratic formula. As such, you may agree with the article’s title!

But it’s not really that hard to understand the quadratic formula – they even give you a link to another article that explains what the quadratic formula is!

But the rest of the pictures are pretty self explanatory and I find them humorous.

What about you? Do you think these photos prove that math is really really hard?

Have a great day!

Six Fundamentals For Learning Math

In this day and age, most people go online and do a a search for something they want to know. So I thought I’d give it a try.

I went to the big Google and did a search for how to learn math. The results lead me to a wiki site and an article titles: “How To Learn Math – 34 Steps With Pictures”.

Wow! Just 34 steps to learn math! How cool is that?

I would normally include the article on my post here, but this one is way too long!

So if you’re ready to see how easy it is to learn math, check out this article:

If you’re a wiki kind of person, you’ll appreciate this. If you’re not, let me know what you think of the article?

Oh and keep in mind that if this doesn’t really help you or your child, Mathnasium is always here to help!  🙂

Have a great day!

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Learning Math Can Be So Very Hard!

I’m sure that at times, your child or maybe even you have had this thought – learning math can be so very hard – right?

Well, some kids made a video about a math class that they imagined and I’ve attached it below.

This may give you an idea about just what children think about their math classes!  🙂

If your child attends our Mathnasium sessions, we can guarantee that they’ll have a different perception about math!

We teach math in a way that children understand.  🙂

Hope you enjoyed the video – have a great day!

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Make Learning Math A Game

Children like to play games. Many adults also like to play games. So why not use this information to help your students, whatever their age, become better at learning math?

I was reading an interesting article about a local girl who has become the national champion for three years in a row at playing a math game called “First In Math”.

You can read the article here:

Philadelphia girl makes math a game – and excels

Considering that she is currently a sixth grader, it’s amazing to see the types of problems she’s able to solve.

Games can be fun and challenging and all the while, they help your child learn math more easily!

I hope you enjoyed the article and that it gave you some ideas on having your own math learner playing some good educational games.

Have a great day!


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Math Games On Your i Devices

I just learned of a new math game that runs on the IOS (that means it will run on your iphone and ipad devices) that looks like it would be fun to play.

I was reading this article on the Globe and website and became intrigued. Check it out here!

Threes Math Game

That someone can find a math game addicting is actually good news for me!  😉

So who is going to try this game and make a comment here to let me know how they liked it?

I would try it, but alas, I’m, tethered to an android device. So please check this out and let me know what you think?

Thanks so much and have a great day!

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