Jan 25 2013

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Amazing Calendar Math Magic

Calendars are amazing and fun.

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MisterNumbers shows you how to instantly tell what day of the week any date is. It is surprisingly easy, mostly magic and some math. This is a skill that you can use for the rest of your life, and impress others daily. It is also a great skill to teach kids. Calendars can teach PRACTICAL MATH, useful to students.
Calendar curiosity can lead to learning the seasons, history, astronomy, science, cultures, time awareness, as well as grounding students in the social agreements.
This calendar method is based on work by a Math and Toastmaster friend, Bruce Swasey. Thanks Bruce for your help and willingness to share your genius.

There are Key dates in each year and A KEY DAY each year (in 2013 the KEY DAY is THURSDAY):

KEY DATES FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS ARE:

4/4

6/6

8/8

10/10

12/12

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 (last day of February, 7 days in a week)

March 7, 14, 21, 28

Fourth of July

7,14, 21,28 of November

Jan 31, and 3rd

Halloween

Key Day for year 2013 = 20 THirteen = THursday

Key Day for year 2014 = 20 Fourteen = Friday

Key Day for year 2015 = Saturday

Each year the Key Day moves 1 day forward (except leap years leap 2  days forward). More specifics about Leap Year in the Ebook. But we don’t have to deal with Leap Year for 3 years.

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Dec 04 2012

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How to Easily Create Number Squares from 1-50

MisterNumbers shares an awesome brand new Right Brain pattern that young kids can write out the squares of numbers 1-50 in under 3 minutes (about as fast as they can write them). Kids understand squares, create a structure for memorizing them, and see the bigger picture. All they need is to know the squares of 1-4 and add a number 10 or under to another number. Also helps them understand place value and digits. A cool math trick.

Watch the video below to see how to create the squares to  40, 50, or higher. You will be amazed at how easy and fun it is.


Directions:
1) Bring 0s and 5s over to the Ones-Digit (Onesies) column
2) Below each zero, put in 1-4-9-6 pattern going DOWN (go  all the way down)
3) Above each zero, put in 1-4-9-6 pattern going UP (I start at the bottom and work my way up)
4) Draw a line under each 9
5) Start first section in Tens-Digits (Tensies) with 0, then go up by 1, 2, 3, etc in each section  (watch video above if any of this is not clear)

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Oct 04 2012

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Discovering a Kid-Friendly Path to Math that’s Fun, Easy, and Effective

Eight Great Ways to Learn Math the Pattern Play, right brain Way

I have discovered a fantastic, kid-friendly way to teach the times tables that has generated excitement among teachers, students, and over a million viewers on YouTube. I’d like to share with you how I came upon this amazing path to fun, easy math.

Have you ever heard of the Calvin and Hobbs cartoons? Calvin, a little kid with a BIG imagination, has a stuffed tiger named Hobbs, who comes alive and talks with him. I’d like to share with you Calvin’s take on math: he says to Hobbs, “I’ve been thinking and I think mathematics is not a science, it is a religion.” Hobbs says, “A religion, you say?” “Yes, it is full of miracles. You take two numbers and add them and magically get an entirely different number. You have to believe it or not. Why, this math book is full of things that have to be accepted on faith. I tell you, it is a religion.” Hobbs exclaims, “And in the public schools too, no less. Call a lawyer!” Calvin reasons, “As a math atheist, I should be excused from this.

Calvin, and a large majority of kids, are creative, imaginative right-brain thinkers, who learn by seeing the big picture. However, most children are taught math in a rote, left-brain way and feel bad about math and themselves for not understanding it, and, like Calvin, they become math atheists.

Five years ago I was working at a Charter school and I was asked to prepare kids for standardized tests in math. It went well until one day I was working with Betty, a 5th grade student who refused to even look at a math problem. She said, ‘Nooo, I don’t want to. It’s too hard.” Dejected, she put her head on the desk, saying, “I can’t do math.”

Like Calvin, Betty was a math atheist, with a right-brain learning style and the way  math was usually taught just didn’t make sense to her. So, feeling inspired, I had her create the Ones using patterns, and then the Twos using other patterns. We were simply playing with patterns, but after a while I helped her find patterns that revealed the big picture of the entire times table! It all began to make sense to her. Seeing is believing.

The next day I came into the room to work with another student and Betty waved to me enthusiastically and said, “I’m using the paper for all my math problems,” referring to the paper we had scribbled on the day before. She now had an entirely different attitude about math, and about herself.

I worked on the times table that night, expanding this pattern discovery process, and I tried a new version the next day with more students. They had the same positive reaction that Betty had! Kids loved this right-brained approach to math, and teachers and the principal loved it too (as well as parents, particularly home-schooling parents).

I continued to play with and expand this visual right-brain math approach, and posted free videos on YouTube, revealing in playful and animated patterns the bigger picture of math. Everybody encouraged me to share this gift with the world. I named this system Pattern Play Math and I became Mister Numbers.

My intention with this expanding right brain math approach is to help kids feel good about math, and themselves, and help them become math believers. In addition to over a million views on Youtube, I have received hundreds of enthusiastic responses  from students, teachers, and parents  who have been thrilled to find a kid-friendly, fun, easy, and effective path to math.

Tom Biesanz
AKA MisterNumbers
And author of the book, Right Brain Math and MisterNumbers DVD and 5 iphone apps

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To order Tom’s book “Right Brain Math” and/or DVD:

IPhone apps

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Aug 28 2012

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How to become a Walking Calendar

Walking Calendar Revised
What day of the week is that?

Now you can know in seconds without a calendar.  Remember 4/4 (April 4th), 6/6 (June 6th) 8/8 (Aug 8th), 10/10 (Oct 10th) and 12/12 (Dec 12th). These dates  are 63 days apart (9 weeks exactly), so they all fall on the same day of the week. This year it is Wednesday. What about February? Feb 28 (or this year is leap year Feb 29th) are 35 days (5 weeks) before 4/4 so it is on a Wednesday. Add that the Fourth of July is 28 days after June 6th is also on a Wednesday. Next year (2013) all these dates will be on Thursday. In 2014, all these dates will be on Friday, and in 2015, all these dates will be on Saturday. Cool!

Add the little jingle: “Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November” (all the rest have 31, except for February) and you can easily figure out which day of the week any date falls on for the next 3 years. Of course this is a perpetual system, so expand this for the next 2o-50 years if you so desire. Wow, numbers are cool friends!

Examples: Friends and Family birthdays and Holidays

For 2012 first: There are several ways to find each answer.

Feb 23: We know Feb 29 is a Wed, so it is six days earlier, a Friday.

Mar 17: Since Feb 29th is Wed, March 1 is Thursday, 16 days (2 wks 2 days) later would be Saturday.

April 9: Since 4/4 is Wednesday, 5 days later is a Monday (did you get it by going back two days?)

May 2: Since 4/4 is Wednesday, and 30 days in April, May 2 is the same day as April 32, 4 weeks later than the 4th, and also a Wednesday.

June 10: 6/6 is a Wed, so 6/10 is four days later, Sunday.

July 13: Fourth of July is Wednesday, so 9 days later is a Friday.

August 9: 8/8 is a Wed so it is a Thursday.

Sept 6: 8/8 is Wed and 31 days in Aug, so 29 (31-2) days later is a Thursday

Oct 13: Easy, we know 10/10 is a Wed this year, so 10/13 is on Saturday.

Dec  9: We know 12/12 is a Wed so 12/9 is 3 days earlier, a Sunday.

Christmas – Again 12/12 is a Wed, so 12/25 is 13 days later, also a Tuesday.

Jan 1, 2013 We know the 12 of Dec (2012) is a Wed and there are 31 days so Jan 1 (Dec 32nd?)  is 20 days later, a Tuesday.

2013 Birthdays and Holidays All days are one day later than 2012 dates, or you can figure them out (all dates (4/4, 6/6, 8/8 etc) are now on Thursday)

This Perpetual Calendar not a good fit for every kid to do a full follow through, but even if they play with 4/4, 6/6, 8/8 etc, they can have fun and have a structure for visualizing and learning math and calendars.

And a kid (or an adult) who gets fascinated with this is going to learn:

Practical math

Fluency in Addition, Subtraction, multiplication (by 7s)

Number of days in a year

Number of months in a year

Number of days in each month

Name and number value of each month

Week circle is 7 days so 5 days back is 2 days forward.

Pride in amazing adults and other kids at their skill

Practice visualizing a calendar and numbers

A useful tool that they can use the rest of their life.

They could also learn about:

Blue moon definition

Seasons

Much more

Tricks: 4/4 in 2013 is a Thursday, so Feb 1 and March 1 will be a day later (Friday in 2013)

You can fascinate kids with this and then have them prove how  and why it works!  Enjoy!

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Jul 05 2012

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The Right Brain enjoys Math in Many Delicious Ways

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Hints: The square root of negative one is an imaginary number (i) and

is a symbol for sum.  Sometimes math can look complex but can be simple and enjoyable once you see the pattern in a new way.

Every times table has simple patterns. For instance the Eights use the Twos 2-4-6-8-0 pattern backwards (8-6-4-2-0) over and over.
Watch the last number in red as we count by eights below: (8-16-24-32-40-48-56-64-72-80 etc.)

08

16

24

32

40

48

56

64

72

80

88

96

104

112

120

128

136

144

152

160

168

176

184

192

200

See the red 8-6-4-2-0 pattern repeated in each line as we count by Eights?
All of a sudden the eights are easier as you see the pattern.
p.s. Many teachers are unaware of this obvious pattern. They learned and teach rote drilling.
The tens-digits in front of 8-6-4-2-0 is another simple pattern of Same-UP-UP-UP-UP. Easy!
See the video below to see the Twos and Eights done with patterns.

All the Numbers have easy patterns. Click on MisterNumbers to see the videos.
Enjoy this and enjoy your summer.

Mister Numbers (close to a million views on youtube)
PatternPlayMath.com , a right brain approach to math


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Feb 08 2012

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Mom uses phone as prop to teach times tables, “WOW!”

FEEDBACK TODAY:
“I came across your youtube videos. While I was intrigued by all of them, the tic tac toe for 3′s and 7′s is what really got my attention. So, this morning I took a piece of paper and our telephone and showed her (my 3rd grader) your easy method during breakfast. Now as a parent, you know that there’s not much time on a school morning for breakfast, let alone 2 multiplication lessons. That’s how easy you made learning these times tables. Before breakfast was finished, my daughter was able to draw the tic tac toe tables herself and was excited about it! On the short 8 min ride to school I gave her my cell phone and after reviewing the 3′s and 7′s I showed her the 9′s and Wow! She did it just like that! I’m amazed that she learned this just from one of your videos. Thank you for seeing that children are wonderful learners who learn better outside the box. I am definitely going to be using more of your techniques in helping my daughter (and me too); can’t wait to help her create her own (EZ Times Table) chart.”
Thank You, Stephanie Mark, Relieved Mom of a Third Grader

This MisterNumbers Right Brain Math video below will help kids have fun learning the times tables

A dial pad on any phone is a great aid in learning the times tables for the Ones, Threes, Sevens, & Nines.


Can you picture the numbers on a phone dial pad?

If so, it can help you learn your times tables! The numbers you see are the ones-digits (Onesies) for the Ones, Threes, Sevens, and Nines times tables. See a dial pad in your mind and you are on your way.


a dial pad as an aid to learning the times tables, and a close up

A dial pad of any phone can be an aid to learning the times tables, and a close up. This will show the ones digits (Onesies) of the Ones Times Table, the Threes times table, the Sevens times table, and the Nines Times Table. It makes it easy to figure out the rest and memorize the times tables.

ONES ON any PHONE DIAL PAD:
These are the Ones-Digits or “Onesies” when counting by ONES. Easy.

THREES Times Table show up when the phone is turned to the left.

Threes times table revealed on a phone dial pad when the phone is turned to the left 90 degrees. The first picture is the dial pad to the left. The middle picture is the numbers right side up The right picture has the tens-digits  (tensies) added to create the THREES times table. Note the pattern of the tens-digits is 0-0-0,   1-1-1,   2-2-2

3 6 9          03  06  09                     33  36  39
2 5 8          12   15   18                     42  45  48
1 4 7          21   24   27       30         51   54  57        60

Sevens times table showing up when any phone is turned to the right

SEVENS dial pad with 3 pads showing a phone dial pad turned to the right and 7s times table

Sevens times table revealed on a phone dial pad when the phone is turned to the right. The first picture is the dial pad turned to the right. The middle picture is the numbers right side up. The right picture has the tens-digits  (tensies) added to create the NINES times table. Note the pattern of the tens-digits is Same-UP-UP, Same-UP-UP, Same-UP-UP (0-1-2,  2-3-4,  4-5-6).

NINES show up when the phone is turned upside down

NINES Times Table revealed on a  dial pad of any phone. Makes a great teaching aid in learning the times tables.Nines times table are revealed on a phone dial pad when the phone is turned upside down. The first picture is the dial pad upside down. The middle picture is the numbers right side up. Notice that the nines and sixes reverse upside down. The right picture has the tens-digits  (tensies) added to create the NINES times table. Note the pattern of the tens-digits are 0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.

This Sevens video might help you!

There are also 3 Right Brain Math Iphone  apps to help learn times tables using the tic-tac-toe squares
FREE
Tic Tac Toe Threes
FREE Tic Tac Toe Sevens
99 cents (almost free)
Tic Tac Toe Times Table

Here is access to the Right Brain Math book and DVD on the Pattern Play Math website.
The Right Brain Math Ebook is only $10.95

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Jan 23 2012

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GIGGLES while Learning Right Brain Math with Free Videos

Math GIGGLES comment yesterday on Youtube: “The “onesies” made my son giggle so much that he had to comment. What he didn’t say is how you “blew his mind” with all the tricks you teach. Thanks for posting the lessons. I had never been taught with the number wheel or tic-tac-toe format; I think these may just be the right tools for him to get over the hump of “memorizing” his multiplication tables. -Dave Taylor
Original comment yesterday by Dave’s son:
“Onesies 1:07 :0 lol”  (See video below)

Mister Numbers replies: I very intentionally give the Ones-Digits a nickname of the Onesies, and the Tens-Digits a nickname of the Tensies.

Ones-digits and Tens-digits are simple concepts with awkward formal names. Let’s be friends with these cool ideas that show us so many fun patterns that are learning tools. Onesies and Tensies are used in all Pattern Play Math to create the patterns.  I hope the nicknames of “Onesies” and “Tensies” catch on and helps kids learn math! The Patterns are so cool and help make understanding and learning math easier -MisterNumbers

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Oct 13 2011

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FREE Video shows the Threes, Fours, Sixes, & Eights on MisterNumber’s EZ Times Table

MisterNumbers Color EZ Times Table by Pattern Play Math

Top Third of the EZ Times Table by MisterNumbers

What is the EZ Times Table? The EZ Times Table is the revolutionary right Brain approach to teaching math by MisterNumbers.
CLICK HERE to watch the video that shows how to create the Threes, Fours, Sixes, and Eights on the EZ Times Table. There is a link in that video for an earlier video creating the Ones and Twos on it.

“EZ Times Table (in Right Brain Math book) is a simple, systematic approach, which assists in memorization of multiplication facts. Review and repetition are built into each lesson. Using movement, rhythm, and visual patterns to explore multiplication, Thomas Biesanz has created a program to engage students of all learning styles. These patterns are a useful tool for multiplication mastery.”
-Linda Burks? www.math-mom.com


Kindergarden students have created and understood the whole times table up to 10 x 10 on the EZ Times Table. They used it to solve multiplication problems even though they didn’t even know what “times” meant when they started and hour earlier. The EZ Times Table can be created on graph paper. You can also buy the Right Brain Math book (a new expanded version of the EZ Times Table book) below that has all the blank tables with step-by-step directions, as well as 16 other playsheets and info on the Right Brain approach using Number Wheels and Tic Tac Toe Squares.

“LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT……I have a third grader and this is working like a charm. I, myself have learned the times tables better. I’m going to send this information to my daughters school. Thank you so very much.”
-Tiffany Hart

Right Brain Math book by Tom Biesanz aka MisterNumbers

Right Brain Math EBook

Or you can buy the Right Brain Math book, Ebook, and DVD for $24.95 ($3.95 shipping US)

“Totally awesome.. Where was this when I was in school learning. Great help for my homeschoolers!”
–mamafrazier

Right Brain Math Book, Ebook and DVD by MisterNumbers Pattern Play Math

Combo of Right Brain Math book, ebook & DVD

“The EZ TIMES TABLE is a helpful tool for both remediated and excelled math students. Students are able to construct the entire multiplication table using this ingenious format. Number patterns are laid out for discovery. My students enjoyed the success of zipping through the process.

-Teresa, Third Grade Teacher

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Oct 10 2011

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Whoops! All Right Brain Math IPhone Apps FREE Through Tuesday Oct 11

The Tic Tac Toe Times Table app had a price tag today on iTunes, so I am extending the FREE offer for all 5 of my Right Brain Math IPhone apps through Tuesday Oct 11th. Wednesday the Wheel Math Wheel Fun and Tic Tac Toe Times Table go back to full price. Go here to download all five Right Brain Math IPhone Apps

“All four of my children love the Wheel Math app. Using number patterns to create shapes is both great fun and a fantastic way of learning multiplication. My children, like most children, love to think creatively. Wheel Math allows them to do this in a constructive manner with real results. It also teaches them to understand how patterns can be found and followed in almost anything!” -Mom to 4 homeschoolers

Wheel Math Wheel Fun Iphone App creating the Sevens up to 10,000
Wheel Math Wheel Fun Iphone App creating the Sevens pattern as a Super Star.
Incredible Teaching Patterns from 1-9 to help learn math and the times tables.

Click here to Download the Awesome Wheel Math Wheel Fun iPhone App Free

Download this Terrific Tic Tac Toe Times Table App Free here

Tic Tac Toe Times Table iPhone App reveals the Nines Pattern

Tell others what you like on iTunes or on this blog or email MisterNumbers: MisterNumbers@PatternPlayMath.com.

My intention is to help kids learn math in fun ways that fit their ways of learning.
See all the MisterNumbers free videos on Youtube (over 680,000 views, many are animated).
Go here to download all five Right Brain Math IPhone Apps

Thanks,
MisterNumbers

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Oct 05 2011

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Wheel Math Wheel Fun is one of two full iPhone Apps FREE this week by Right Brain Math

Wheel Math Wheel Fun iPhone App is a full App, not a light version, and is FREE this week-end (Though Monday Oct 10th). This is a radical, visual, right-brain way to EXPERIENCE  basic number patterns that is fun for kids and adults.

Click here to Download the Wheel Math Wheel Fun iPhone App Free here this week

“All four of my children love the Wheel Math app. Using number patterns to create shapes is both great fun and a fantastic way of learning multiplication. My children, like most children, love to think creatively. Wheel Math allows them to do this in a constructive manner with real results. It also teaches them to understand how patterns can be found and followed in almost anything!” -Mom to 4 homeschoolers

Wheel Math Wheel Fun Iphone App creating the Sevens up to 10,000

Wheel Math Wheel Fun Iphone App creating the Sevens pattern as a Super Star


Here is a cool video showing the Fours and Sixes Patterns both making STARS on the Number Wheel.

Click to Watch the video of the Wheel Math Wheel Fun iPhone App.

This video is for the lite version. The full version you will download does all the numbers and is 5 times more fun.

“WOW!” is a common response. Download it now because it goes back up to full price next week. Tell your friends, your class, your school. This has already made a positive attitude for many kids about MATH.

Wheel Math Wheel Fun iPhone App by Right Brain Math

Big Numbers are no problem as kids take the Wheel Math Wheel Fun iPhone App over 3000

You also may have a doubleWOW!” as you see the patterns and the combinations of patterns, and then a second “WOW!” as you realize that all this is free. Please leave some helpful feedback on ITunes. This App does not work on IPad.

TWICE THE FUN AND STILL FREE

The Tic Tac Toe Times Table is another full iPhone App that is also FREE this week.

Download this full Tic Tac Toe App Free here

Tic Tac Toe Times Table iPhone App reveals the Nines Pattern

Watch the video as the Threes, Sixes and Nines show their patterns on this Tic Tac Toe Square.

Watch video: Tic Tac Toe IPhone App for the Threes, Sixes, Nines, and

Watch the video of the Tic Tac Toe for the Sevens All this is included in the Tic Tac Toe Times Table iPhone app

Tell others what you like on iTunes or on this blog or email MisterNumbers: MisterNumbers@PatternPlayMath.com.

My intention is to help kids learn math in fun ways that fit their ways of learning.
See all the MisterNumbers free videos on Youtube (over 675,000 views, many are animated).

Thanks, MisterNumbers

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