Shakuntala Devi is a maths prodigy often referred to as a human calculator.
She has travelled the world giving demonstrations of her mathematical talents.
Shakuntra is a role model for all of us in showing us how the right mind-set in regard to numbers can help in teaching maths and, as it is a particular focus of this article, times tables to your children.
An example of her skills can be found in the record books.
She was asked to multiply two thirteen figure numbers together and came up with the correct answer which was 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730. Wow!
Not only was she able to do the calculation, she was able to do it, know the answer and write it down in just 28 seconds.
She says in her own words At three I fell in love with numbers. It was sheer ecstasy for me to do sums and get the right answers. Numbers where toys with which I could play.
This is the view of a maths genius and perhaps the reason she is so good at maths.
Just imagine how easy it would be for your children to learn the times tables if they felt like Shakuntala.
Times tables can in fact be the key to your children learning to love numbers and maths.
It is possible for them to have the pleasure of getting the right answers instantly and then be motivated to do more and more maths.
How can you help your children know the answers to times tables like this. The method you use needs to involve vivid, bright images and believe it or not; movement. This will all help to embed the answers to the times tables in your children’s minds and give them a love of numbers.
We often have a view of what a genius is like. A few years after her world record I was lucky enough to meet an Shakuntra and I found her to be very pleasant down to earth lady.
A maths prodigy yes, and also a person you would want to know and spend time with.
One of the aspects of being a maths genius is that she sees the patterns behind numbers.
One such pattern to do with the eleven times table is taken here from her book Figuring.
What is the answer to the sum 11 x 33? To do this very fast all you have to do is add 3 and 3 together which of course makes 6. Next place the 6 between the 3 and 3 of the number 33 and you have what? Yes, the number 363.
Patterns help children make what are apparently difficult sums much easier.
Your children can feel like geniuses when they have a method that shows them how to have fun and really enjoy numbers and also shows them the amazing patterns behind numbers.
Times tables can be so easy to learn with the right method and result in children being motivated to learn even more maths. Your children can love maths just like Shakuntala Devi.
For more information on times tables, go to www.timestablesmaths.com.