Learning anything new, such as a new sport or a musical instrument, requires time and patience and so does learning maths. From an early age, children are encouraged to practice maths which in turn starts training the maths muscle.
Maths is an incredibly important subject and is used all the time in everyday life. From knowing if you have enough money, to buying something at the shops or using it for a career, maths is as integral to daily life as reading and writing English.
Mental maths (doing maths in your head) has always been essential and in today’s age of technology it’s becoming even more important to encourage it. Being able to quickly recall formulas and times tables means a person can answer problems fast and efficiently.
Doing maths in your head requires a lot of working memory so being able to recall maths facts accurately and quickly means that you will be able to solve maths problems faster.
- The maths muscle gets stronger, the more maths practice we do;
- The stronger the maths muscle, the faster it works;
- The stronger it is, the harder the problems it can solve;
- The stronger it is, the easier maths becomes.
What is muscle memory?
Muscle memory comes from practice, practice and more practice! It’s a combination of things happening in the brain in the conscious and unconscious mind. When you walk, write or eat, for example, it feels as if the whole process doesn’t require intervention from your conscious thought.
Quite often in maths, you are repeating the same thing over and over but in a different way applied to a different situation. Repetition improves speed, increases confidence and strengthens the connections in the brain that help children learn.
Errors in mental calculation are often the result of a lack of working memory that results in a loss of information. Working memory weaknesses may also contribute to difficulties when a child needs to apply a particular formula or a mathematical rule to a calculation.
Maths mantras of the day!
- Practice really does make perfect!
- Focus on the quality of the quantity!
- Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.
- Mathematics of life: + laughter, x love, – hate = happiness!
TeeJay can help with homework!
Our Associated Homework Packs have three main advantages:
- They come both as an A4 and more importantly as an A5 set of photocopiable masters, thus allowing the teacher to run off a back-to-back A5 booklet at the start of the year for each child. This means the pupil is provided with a whole year’s maths homework on day 1 and this saves the teacher valuable time.
- The pack mirrors the book, exercise for exercise, meaning the homework is dedicated to the work completed in class each day.
- Parents love the homework as it means they can see what is being taught in class each day as well as being able to regularly monitor their child’s progress. This provides for precise discussion, come those all important parent’s nights.