Who else wants their child to be lightening fast at mental maths? – Part 2


Previously on Maths Insider

In the Introduction, I wrote about how despite your child having had a formal education for 2, 5 or even 10 years, there may come a point where you realise that they have weaknesses in their Mental Maths skills.

In Part 1, I showed you how to work out where their weak point is.

In this video, I’ll show you a great website for generating arithmetic worksheets and the method to use to get the maximum benefit from them.

A summary of the video is given below:

Video Summary

  • The site makes worksheets with a maximum  number of 20 questions each time but additional questions can be generated by returning to the set up page and  pressing “create it” again.
  • I suggest a minimum of 40 questions and a maximum of 200 per session.
  • When your child can answer 20 questions per minute they can move on.
  • An example, move from +1’s to +2’s then to +1’s and +2’s, so they are revising before moving on to +3’s. From +3’s revise  +1’s,+2’s and +3,s before moving to +4’s
  • Depending on the starting point it can take 4 to 6 months of daily practice to achieve mental maths fluency.

Another great resource for math worksheets are the Fun math workbooks from Education.com
Have you tried this method? Share your experiences of daily mental maths practice in the comments below.

Caroline Mukisa
About The Author: Caroline Mukisa is the founder of Maths Insider. A Cambridge University educated math teacher, she's been involved in math education for over 20 years as a teacher, tutor, Kumon instructor, Thinkster Math instructor and math ed blogger. She is the author of the insanely helpful ebook "The Ultimate Kumon Review" and insanely useful website "31 Days to Faster Times Tables" You can follow her math tips on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @mathsinsider

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6 thoughts on “Who else wants their child to be lightening fast at mental maths? – Part 2

  1. Caroline this is brilliant mashallah. I think I got just as much pleasure hearing your voice as I did listening to your advice! I’ve been planning on enrolling saalim at kumon but now I’ve seen this, I’m going to try it out inshallah. I’ll let you know how I go.

  2. Just wanted to say thank you for this and the part 1 video. They are really helpful and clear. I found your site because my daughter (age 9) is finding maths a bit difficult at school and she mentioned that several other children are having tutoring. I thought “why couldn’t I tutor her myself?” I could find the time & while I’m not a great mathematician I don’t have any difficulty with primary level maths. But I had no idea what kind of work to do with her other than going over her homework from school, so started searching google and found your site. It’s really helped me work out how I can do this & I am sure I’ll be able to help my daughter make progress. Thank you!

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment! It’s great that you’ve found information here on Maths Insider that will help you be your daughter’s maths tutor! Check back here next week (or sign up for the free weekly updates) as I’ll be releasing my free e-book “Yes! You Can Be Your Child’s Maths Tutor!” Do feel free to contact me if you have any questions about helping your daughter – I’d love to help!

  3. Just left Kumon today and i”m going to register for reading but i’lll take your advice on the mental math . i really appreciate this video very hepful !

  4. Hi Caroline,
    My child can now, with the help of this website can now very easily do his mental calculations and number bonds from 1 to 20. I would like to know what i can move in to now?

  5. Great blog Caroline, After reding your blog many parents can understand the actual condition of their kids that what problem their kids facing while solving mental calculation. This website is really good for understanding the mental calcualtions easily.

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