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Do Your Kids a Favor  Take Away the Calculator by Joe Pagano
... Moreover, the exercise the brain gets from doing mental arithmetic is well worth any effort expended as such activity pays very nice dividends in the form of a sharper wit. So do your kids a favor, parents. Take away the calculator and let your kids do their math homework without it. They may struggle at first, and they may not like this deal; but before long they will be thanking you for giving them the gift of a lifetime: the ability to succeed at math and the joy that comes from doing so.
Mental Math Methods From Asia by Shilpa Rao
... Abacus Mental MathematicsWhat is abacus mental mathematics? Origin of Abacus is highly disputed today, some say it originated in Mesopotamia and some claim to be in China. Over centuries, abacus has evolved in to various different forms and sizes. The most commonly used is the Japanese Soroban Abacus. The Soroban Abacus consists of one upper row and four lower rows and columns vary from thirteen, fifteen, seventeen or twenty one. It is claimed and proven by many researchers in Asia that ...
Abacus Mental Math in Asia and the West by Shilpa Rao
... Millions and millions of children in the eastern world are now enjoying the benefits of abacus mental math education. 56748 + 632 and you scramble around looking for a calculator, but the very same problem can be solved without any aide of modern day electronic devices such as calculator. Such problems are solved in 5 seconds or even less, by a 6 year old studying abacus mental math for a bit over a year. Such is the power of abacus mental math education.
Mental Math Practice Worksheets by Shilpa Rao
... The next best alternative is to find math practice worksheets. There are many websites that offer you downloadable practice worksheets for a small fee. And there are some websites that offer you for free. Some offer you predefined sheets where as very few websites offer you build your own math practice worksheets. Usage of math practice sheets early on can instill a great habit of enjoying math and at the same time help to solidify mental math skills.
The Hazard of Using Calculators at School by Victor Guskov
... Both my experience (32 years in the classroom) and my investigations (20 years of studies) shows that pupils with unsteady elementary mental computational skills (addition and subtraction within the limits of 20, multiplication and division within the limits of 100) have great difficulties while learning the other basic topics of arithmetic and algebra. In other words they are doomed to poor progress in school math. Even calculators cannot help them.
Prognosis of Failure in School Math by Victor Guskov
... The pupils who have not crossed this threshold are doomed to poor progress. The prediction of their failure in math will be right in about 95 cases of 100. It must be noted in conclusion that the level of elementary mental computational skills of actively working pupils only do not decreases in due course. If a pupil uses a calculator instead of mental computations, works passively at lessons and does not carry out home works himself/herself, then the level decreases gradually.
