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Speed Math for Kids: Helping Children Achieve Their Full Potential

Speed Math for Kids: Helping Children Achieve Their Full Potential

Bill Handley

ISBN: 978-0-731-40227-4

Apr 2005, Wrightbooks

272 pages

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Popular Australian author and inspirational teacher, Bill Handley, has developed and, over the years, refined methods of teaching mathematics and learning strategies that have achieved amazing results. His best-selling book, Speed Mathematics convinced readers that people who excel at maths use better strategies and are not necessarily more intelligent. This book contains additional methods and applications based on the strategies taught in Speed Mathematics that make the principles clearer, encourage creative thought, and are just plain fun. The book was written for young people but people of any age will enjoy it. The book has notes throughout for parents and teachers. By following his innovative approach you will have kids playing with numbers, performing lightning quick calculations and, most of all, having fun! Bill claims: 'If you are good at maths, people think you are intelligent. People will treat you like you are a genius. Your teachers and your friends will treat you differently. You will even think differently about yourself'. The emphasis in this book is on playing with mathematics. Enjoy it. Show off what you learn and make mathematics your favourite subject.
Preface v

Introduction vii

1 Multiplication: Getting Started 1

2 Using a Reference Number 11

3 Numbers Above the Reference Number 19

4 Multiplying Above & Below the Reference Number 28

5 Checking Your Answers 34

6 Multiplication Using Any Reference Number 44

7 Multiplying Lower Numbers 61

8 Multiplication by 11 71

9 Multiplying Decimals 79

10 Multiplication Using Two Reference Numbers 90

11 Addition 111

12 Subtraction 122

13 Simple Division 136

14 Long Division by Factors 147

15 Standard Long Division Made Easy 156

16 Direct Long Division 164

17 Checking Answers (Division) 174

18 Fractions Made Easy 182

19 Direct Multiplication 195

20 Putting it All into Practice 205

Afterword 209

Appendix A Using the Methods in the Classroom 213

Appendix B Working Th rough a Problem 217

Appendix C Learn the 13, 14 and 15 Times Tables 219

Appendix D Tests for Divisibility 221

Appendix E Keeping Count 225

Appendix F Plus and Minus Numbers 227

Appendix G Percentages 229

Appendix H Hints for Learning 233

Appendix I Estimating 235

Appendix J Squaring Numbers Ending in 5 238

Appendix K Practice Sheets 241

Index 249