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Speed Math for Kids: The Fast, Fun Way To Do Basic Calculations

ISBN: 978-0-470-89397-5
256 pages
June 2010, Jossey-Bass
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Learn how to easily do quick mental math calculations

Speed Math for Kids is your guide to becoming a math genius--even if you have struggled with math in the past. Believe it or not, you have the ability to perform lightning quick calculations that will astonish your friends, family, and teachers. You'll be able to master your multiplication tables in minutes, and learn basic number facts while doing it. While the other kids in class are still writing down the problems, you can be calling out the answers.

Speed Math for Kids is all about playing with mathematics. This fun-filled book will teach you:

  • How to multiply and divide large numbers in your head
  • What you can do to make addition and subtraction easy
  • Tricks for understanding fractions and decimals
  • How to quickly check answers every time you make a calculation
  • And much more

If you're looking for a foolproof way to do multiplication, division, factoring estimating, and more, Speed Math for Kids is the book for you. With enough practice you'll go straight to the top of the class!

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Preface v

Introduction 1

1 Multiplication: Getting Started 4

2 Using a Reference Number 13

3 Numbers Above the Reference Number 21

4 Multiplying Above & Below the Reference Number 29

5 Checking Your Answers 34

6 Multiplication Using Any Reference Number 43

7 Multiplying Lower Numbers 59

8 Multiplication by 11 69

9 Multiplying Decimals 77

10 Multiplication Using Two Reference Numbers 87

11 Addition 106

12 Subtraction 116

13 Simple Division 130

14 Long Division by Factors 141

15 Standard Long Division Made Easy 149

16 Direct Long Division 157

17 Checking Answers (Division) 166

18 Fractions Made Easy 173

19 Direct Multiplication 185

20 Putting It All into Practice 195

Afterword 199

Appendix A Using the Methods in the Classroom 203

Appendix B Working Th rough a Problem 207

Appendix C Learn the 13, 14 and 15 Times Tables 209

Appendix D Tests for Divisibility 211

Appendix E Keeping Count 215

Appendix F Plus and Minus Numbers 217

Appendix G Percentages 219

Appendix H Hints for Learning 223

Appendix I Estimating 225

Appendix J Squaring Numbers Ending in 5 227

Appendix K Practice Sheets 231

Index 239

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BILL HANDLEY is an international authority on mathematics teaching and study methods.  He is also the author of Speed Mathematics (for adults) and Teach Your Children Tables.
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