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## Have Fun With Math Magician Games

## por Brandi Stauffer (2022-08-24)

Your attitude toward math is 100% in your control. If you find math tough, make that motivate you, not discourage you. Mental effort should feel hard. That's exactly how we build up our math brains. Great math students embrace mental challenges. They love to grapple with new ideas, even make mistakes. Try to see your confusion as a normal early stage of learning. When you persevere with enthusiasm and don't quit, you end up with mastery!

People have to start from the ground, then first step, second, third and so on to reach their destination floor. Exactly the same way students have to start from Kindergarten, then grade one, grade two and three and so on to reach their math destination. Also, if some of the steps are broken in the staircase, it is still hard to reach the desired floor using those steps. Same way, if you are missing some of the basic concepts from elementary grades, math for you is still hard.

Numbers refer to the quantity of the items, not the size of the items. Your child also needs to understand that when we say "8 is bigger that 5" we mean that there are more items in 8, not that the items in the group of eight is bigger.

IMPORTANT! If children are "switched off" to math at ages 5 or 6 or 7, it is NOT because of the math! Counting and addition do not turn children off to math. If a child this age is feeling negative about math, it is because he/she has already picked up someone else's negatives attitudes. The solution to the problem is not a website because the problem is not with the math!

Want to play chess. Many of us do not care about mental math games, or care if we play a strategy game. The potential for winning and developing character through playing a strategy game is tremendous. If you are a potential chess player develop a mindset winning, do not get caught up in fearing to fail. Get over it, realize that you will fail at times, but use chess problems as a stepping stone to make changes in your thinking so you will have a desire to do your best, develop the best game strategy that you can, and start winning. Many players really believe they cannot win. That is not applying good math concepts or even life principles because it is not based on truth. There will be players that are better than you, but not everyone and not every time. Think about that.

Sad to say, but, just attending the classes is not enough to pass math. If you are daydreaming, texting and not paying attention, you will not get the concept.

Many students ask me whether they should use the calculator on the SAT test. Now, this is a difficult question as some students can compute calculations in their minds while some others cannot. SAT test preparation under the guidance of an able math tutor can however change things. Students can learn math shortcuts to compute even lengthy calculations in their minds, without having to use a calculator.

Play this family game: Everyone writes these types of questions on cards so the whole family can play and test each other. Draw the actual picture, for instance, a star, instead of writing the word 'star'.