This approach is important because:

- Number Wheels are experiential: physically and visually
- It appeal to many kids with a multi-sensory display including coins, fingers and the Number Wheel
- It is fun, beautiful and playful: the best way to learn
- It involves body movement, visual patterns, geoboard play, and worksheets (play sheets)
- There are multiple ways to look at a problem and find answers
- Number Wheels open discussions about Zero and Place Value
- Uses Five and Ten as anchors for learning math

How and Why are Five and Ten used? **Make TENS Number Wheel: Pairs of numbers that add up to 10**

**TEN:**There are only ten number digits here: kids are intimidated by billions of numbers- We have ten fingers: useful as a tool and the basis of our numbering system
- There are ten numbers on a Number Wheel: allows focus on simple patterns in the ones digits without distraction
- There are ten spaces between numbers on the Number Wheel: We start at zero and take ten steps to get back to zero
- Ten pennies equal one dime, a connection to the world of money
**FIVE:**Five is half way to Ten: even simpler, a nickel- We have five fingers on one hand: an easy place to start
- Five is half way around the number wheel: important and true from any number
- Five spaces on half the number wheel: equal space between 0-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4 and 4-5: addition is about moving from one number to another
- Important equations to start: Five pennies = 1 nickel, Five Fingers = 1 hand, 5+5=10, 2 nickels= 1 dime, 1 half + 1 half = 1 whole (2 half cookies = 1 cookie)

Larger learning: Students also learn

- Horizontal: Side to side lines
- Vertical: Up and Down lines
- Parallel: like railroad tracks do not cross

Watch for MisterNumbers Youtube videos on Number Wheels

starting on May, 9th 2016

0 on top and 5 on the bottom. The one square is made up of numbers next to 0 and 5 (1-4-9-6). The other square is numbers away from 0 and 5 (2-3-7-8).

Tops and bottoms of both circles add up to 10: 1+9=10 and 4+6=10, 2+8=10 and 3+7=10. The sides (vertical up and down lines) add up to 5 or 15: 1+4=5, 2+3+5, 6+9=15, 7+8=15. Did more for kids at a New Year’s party yesterday.

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This is an exciting time for Pattern Play Math expanding in two directions. The revolutionary video on Squaring any Number Mentally is below.Squares created the easy way by MisterNumbers Pattern Play Math

There is much more on using the system for finding Square Roots, creating the 20×20 Times Table, and multiplying numbers mentally.

Squares go right through the biggest numbers on the times tables and make it easy to multiply the larger numbers together, which is where students tend to struggle most.

And it is all done with addition, not multiplication.

**ADDITION ON THE NUMBER WHEEL**

But I am also excited about the other direction: New Patterns for Basic Addition on Number Wheels. I found many high school students struggle with basic addition and found some fascinating and powerful images using number wheels that could help pre-school through 2^{nd} graders have fun memorizing addition/subtraction facts. This is great because when they come to multiplication/division, they are already comfortable with the simple number wheels.

Additon direction came AFTER squares. Creating Squares is a ADDITION process, and creating the multiplication tables or individual math facts both also involve addition. As I worked with students, even Calculus students, I found that many of them struggled with basic addition. Relying on cell phones as calculators may be one reason basic math is suffering.

The two tools using Number Wheels for anchoring addition are ways to add 5 to any number, and Number Wheels that show the cool patterns of numbers that add up (in the Ones) to 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. The Ten-Adds are Horizontal parallel lines and Five-Adds are Vertical parallel lines. ALL ADDITION is within 2 of these lines. If a student can “see” the numbers on the wheel and their relative position, they can “see” the Ones part of the answer.

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MisterNumbers

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HERE IS THE LONG VERSION IF THE ABOVE WAS TOO FAST.

Sevens Times Table on a Tic-Tac-Toe Square – long version

HERE IS THE NUMBER PAD SHOWING

X 1, X 2, X 3, ETC.

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It starts with the Ones-digits (I call them the Onesies as a friendlier nickname) put in from lower left going up, put in 1-9 and a 0 on the right. Then the Tens digits (nicknamed the Tensies) are added.

Put in zeros in front of the top row, ones in the second row, and twos in the bottom row. You have created the THREES: 03-06-09-12-15-18-21-24-27. Do it several times a day.

See the image of a phone dial, and it tells you how many 3s to get each number. Cool, a phone shows each factor.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH THE VINES VIDEO ON THE THREES TIMES TABLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–M8E9Zf8nI&list=UUNab1XwWR1KnF53DUmTipEw

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One of the keys to Right Brain Math is exploring **Ten-Adds** (the numbers that add up to 10: 1-9, 2-8, 3-7, and 4-6, 5-5 and 10-0). It does help kids in addition, but it has many other benefits, and show up on Tic-Tac-Toe Squares, Number Wheels, and even Cubes of numbers. The main advantage is that kids struggle with multiplication by 6, 7, 8, and 9. Ten-Adds make Nines almost as easy as Ones, Eights almost as easy as Twos, Sevens as easy as Threes, and Eights almost as easy as Twos.

Kids can easily picture a phone number pad, which also helps them learn the basic numbers. All the ends of Tic-Tac-Toe lines going through the five in the middle **are** the Ten-Adds.

Put it to use: Kids are fascinated with phones and calculators. With a phone off, have kids hit the Ten-Adds (1-9, 2-8, 3-7, and 4-6, 5-5) in both directions (1 + 9 and 9 + 1). Have them say out loud “1 + 9 = 10” etc. They are playing Tic-Tac-Toe and win every time. It can also be viewed as Sadoku or a 3X3 grid. Kids are fascinated with patterns and this can make math fun.

Next time we will explore Ten-Adds on the Number Wheel, where the connection between the numbers in each Ten-Add clearly show the similarity in patterns (example: the twos and eights create the same pattern on the number wheel) Also how they form parallel lines and relate to fives. Tune in.

]]>It is now 2014. Fourteen starts with an F, so you can remember the **MAGIC DAY** is **FRIDAY**. This means that easy to remember dates of each month fall on Friday. All these dates fell on Thursday last year (the memory trick is that 13 starts with Th) and will fall on Saturday in 2015 (Thursday-Friday-Saturday). What are the **KEY DATES** each year?

**Double Dates** fall on the Magic Day of Friday. **Even Double Dates** are **4/4, 6/6, 8/8, 10/10 and 12/12 (April 4th, June 6th, August 8th, October 10th, and Dec 12th)** and all are Fridays this year. Some fun math will quickly tell you what day any date falls on during these months.

**February: **Start with February, which has 28 days all three years. All the **Sevens** **(7th-14th-21th-28th**) in February are on the Magic Day which is Friday for 2014. Notice that Valentine’s Day always falls on the Magic Day. It is easy then to figure out what day any other date falls on. For example, Feb 9th would be 2 days after Feb 7th, and would be on a Sunday.

**March: **The last day of Feb (the 28th) is a Friday so March 1st is a Saturday. Now see that in March, all the **Sevens (7th-14th-21th-28th)** are also on the Magic Day which is Friday for 2014. Again you can easily figure out which day of the week any date falls on.

**January** is easy if you picture February with 2/7 on a Friday, a week earlier **1/31 was on a Friday and so 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, and 1/24** are also on Friday.

**July:** Celebrate the **4th of July (7/4)** because it is always on a Magic Day, this year Friday.

**November, May and September:** Here is a simple memory reminder, **“A friend works at the 7/11 from 9 to 5.” **Those pairs of numbers are reversible **(7/11, 11/7, 9/5 and 5/9) **and all fall on Friday.

If you want to know more, get the **Amazing Calendar Math Magic ebook** on Kindle or get it **free** as a pdf when you buy the Right Brain Math book, ebook, and DVD for $24.95.

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My focus is on making basic math understandable for everybody. My viewers are asking for videos on fractions and division, (which can often be thought of as sharing). So I am creating two animated videos. The picture on the left shows tenths of a mile this car has gone (another way to introduce decimals and fractions and place value).

One video is about understanding numbers that are less than one. If you and I share an apple, we each get half. A candy bar can be shared by 4 kids. They get that.

You can also count on different levels. You can count bags of Halloween candy or individual pieces. With a handful of money, you can count the value as dollars, or dimes, or pennies. Kids get that too. Watch for the video for more fun and play.

The second video will be using the Number Wheels that kids love, for them to SEE FRACTIONS. Kids are more visual and have an active right brain. Watch for both videos soon. I will send a newsletter out when they are available.

I am excited as I am creating a Live teaching Webinar so you can experience Right Brain Math. I will first do a survey so you can tell me what you want covered. You can also email me requests for what you want included or if you want to participate in the webinar, Email MisterNumbers here

Special deal gives you the Right Brain Math book, the pdf Ebook for printing worksheets, the Amazing Calendar Math Magic ebook, and MisterNumbers DVD for $24.95.

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