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May 02 2016

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The Visual, Fun, Easy, Multi-sensory Way to Learn Addition

This is an intro to a dozen videos on the fabulous Addition on a Number Wheel.                                         Make FIVES Number Wheel: pairs of numbers that add up to 5 or 15
Make Fives on Number wheel addition

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 numbersMake Tens on Number Wheel addition
  • 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 learnTen Digits = Ten Fingers

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


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starting on May, 9th 2016

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Jan 02 2016

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Number Wheel Boxes are Magic Addition

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Below are some Number Circles in chalk I did at a park Thurs. Kids and adults were amazed.

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.

Addition Squares on a Number Wheel

Threes Sevens Ten-Adds

Threes Sevens Ten-Adds


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Sep 28 2015

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Exciting time for MisterNumbers Pattern Play Math expanding in two directions

The idea of playing with numbers goes against the serious nature of most math teaching, but it is actually much more effective than grind memorization. Kids get excited, have fun, generate a positive attitude about math, develop curiosity and learn to see and look for underlying patterns everywhere: the basis for learning for a lifetime.


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.
Creating the Times Table from Squares by MisterNumbers Pattern Play Math

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.


 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 2nd 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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Jul 27 2015

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How to Make a Number Wheel by MisterNumbers

https://www.patternplaymath.com/ How to make Number Circles or Number Wheels are a fun, exciting, and playful way to learn math. Watch for more videos by MisterNumbers on using Number Wheels for addition. This video is a simple way how a student can create their OWN number wheel or Number Circle. They love to create it and create Pentagons, Stars, Houses, and now it is also a way to learn addition with shortcuts and understanding. Pattern Play Math is a revolutionary approach to math that makes math learnable and fun for many students.



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Aug 29 2014

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Sevens Times Table in Seven seconds

This is MisterNumbers second vine video. There is way more info than most can understand in this seven second video. BUT if you pause it, or watch the video below it, You will get the magic. This video is great for review. Below is also a graphic to show how the times table fits on the Tic-Tac-Toe square using a dial pad showing placement of x 1, x 2, x 3, etc for the Sevens, AND the Threes, and the Ones and Nines. Enjoy.

Creating the Sevens Times Table in Seven Seconds on a Tic-Tac-Toe Square


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

Phone Pad Times Table X to 10


X 1, X 2, X 3, ETC.




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Jul 22 2014

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Vine Video series on Learning the Times Tables by MisterNumbers

I enjoy Vines (7 second videos) and just started a series on Twitter on the times tables. It is fast and fun and because it cycles on Twitter, it creates the Times Tables 8 times a minute. The first two are on the Threes and Sevens on Tic-Tac-Toe Squares, each created in 7 seconds from fun patterns.

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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.





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Mar 24 2014

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Ten-Adds: A Cool First Step to Right Brain Math Play

Ten-Adds: One Nine and Twos Eights

Ten-Adds: Ones and Nines work together to climb a mountain and Twos and Eights read together

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.

Ten-Adds All Four


 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.

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More Ten-Adds: Threes and Sevens fly paper airplanes, A Five sees another Five in the mirror and Fours and Sixes work together lifting weights.

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Jan 09 2014

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The Magic Day for 2014 is Friday, Amaze your friends with Calendar Math Magic!

Key Dates RED 2014Easily figure out what day of the week any date falls on for this year, last year, or next year by using the Magic Day and a Key Date for each month. Take a couple minutes and learn this fun math trick with your kids. This is easy and incredibly handy for the rest of your life. 

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. 

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Feb 2014February: 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.


Mar 2014March: 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.



Jan 2014January 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 11 2014July: Celebrate the 4th of July (7/4) because it is always on a Magic Day, this year Friday. 



Nov 2014May 2014Sept 2014November, 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. 

Amazing Calendar Math Magic cover3x4x72If 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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Mar 30 2013

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Right Brain Math book, new edition April 2013

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

Combo of Right Brain Math book, ebook & DVD

The Right Brain Math book has been a favorite of teachers, parents, kids, and schools. Now it is better than ever. See hundreds of teacher, parent, and kid reviews on the testimonial page at PatternPlayMath.com.

The new edition is out now, April 2013 with over a hundred changes, corrections, new images and additions. It is available on the Products page of Pattern Play Math.

The Right Brain Math Ebook is also updated and is available April 1, 2013.

“Thank you! No tears doing homework tonight! I have the hardest time trying to explain math to my child because she thinks so much differently than I do, And teachers just send home drill-and-practice worksheets that are pure torture for us. She totally got these patterns and had FUN doing it!”

“My family labeled me stupid because I couldn’t grasp math. I always thought I was really stupid for years, now I can finally understand math, the visual way. Thanks!”

“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

“Learning the times tables becomes a game as children learn fun patterns while filling in the EZ TIMES TABLES charts. Instead of learning one math fact at a time (which is not only difficult but highly inefficient), children learn a pattern for the entire table. Table by table, they construct a times tables matrix for tables 1-10. Pattern play develops number sense. EZ TIMES TABLES will intrigue your child.
Highly recommended as a resource for parents and teachers.”

-Eugenia Francis, author of Teach Your Child the Multiplication Tables

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Jan 25 2013

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Amazing Calendar Math Magic

Calendars are amazing and fun.

Click here for  the Calendar Math Magic larger video!

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):







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


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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