# MathsMaster.co.uk

## Teach your child early maths, simply and easily, in just 10 minutes a day

Every hour you spend with your children will benefit their education. Just ONE hour per week or ten minutes a day, will give them a tremendous head start into the world of numbers. They will find it stimulating, enjoyable and above all, FUN!

In order to become skilled at maths you have to practice! The more you practice, the more skilled you become. The more skilled you become, the more your confidence grows. Confidence is like a seed. Plant it in the right soil, care for it for a while, and it will grow into something awesome.

I'd like to tell you a little story that happened during the school holidays (summer 2012). I went into the Post Office to post a letter to America, and was served by a young lad who couldn't have been much older than my own son (at that time around 13). The cost was £1.90. I gave him a £10 note and waited for my change.

Now, I should pre-frame this by saying that the lady in front of me in the queue had previously waited for her correct change for several minutes. The lad couldn't work it out and kept giving her the wrong change, even after frantically punching buttons on a calculator. Eventually, he had to be told how much change to give, because he didn't have a clue.

So here we are, now it's my turn. The lad is staring at my tenner, the price on his till, and an open drawer full of money. I see a little light bulb go on in his minds-eye and he scoops out a handful of change, counts it from one hand to the other, and gives it to me; £7.20. I give it back to him, along with the news that my changes isn't quite right and would he like to check it. Rather indignantly, he grabs the calculator and tries again. Oh yes, he's realized his mistake and he gives me more change. This time I get £8.01. I tried to avoid anymore embarrassment by leaning toward him and suggesting he might trade the penny for a 10p piece and we'd be square. He looked at me as if I was trying to diddle him, and by now the queue was growing longer.

Luckily another assistant became free and came to help. Not to correct the error, mind you, but to use the calculator to find out how much change to give me. When I enquired if they were new to the job, the girl assured me they'd both worked there for sometime. At first I felt sorry for the Post Office owner, because at that rate, it wouldn't be long before the shop was bankrupt. And then I thought of how sad it was that two young people, working in the same shop, where maths skills are vital to the efficient running of the sales end of the job, were finding that they floundered in the simple task of giving change.

It also crossed my mind, that had our maths games and number meditations been available when they were both in primary education, quite possibly this situation may never have arisen. Of course, it would have also taken the foresight of a teacher informing a parent there was a potential problem, or the parent realizing there was an issue, setting about looking for their own answers, and then deciding to purchase the Number Mastery for School Age Children. So you can see that often lots of things have to fall into place before a solution can be found. Maybe this is why you have found your way to this website; you are in that uncomfortable position of having to make a decision. But there can be no better time to commit to purchasing your Number Mastery Set, because they are currently at their lowest price ever, just £26.95 for the whole set.

A group of MP's have warned that an unacceptably high number of children in the UK cannot read, write and count properly. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have stated that in 2007 51,000 pupils left school without any kind of GCSE in maths and 39,000 left without them in English. Hundreds of thousands more will have gotten low grades.

What is the governments answer to this? Play darts! The UK press in January 2009 reported that people are being encouraged to improve their maths skills by playing darts in a new government campaign. At a time when money is being thrown at education like never before in an attempt to improve grades, the chairman of the PAC, Edward Leigh, said anyone who believed the government could meet its target of 95% adult literacy and numeracy by 2020 was "living in cloud cuckooland".

The adults that he's talking about are our children, the very same children that are in the education system right now! So where does all this money go? Just like the NHS it gets 'absorbed' into the system, the majority is syphoned off to pay higher wages, expense claims, for new crackpot education schemes, and to fund recruitment drives that just aren't working.

## Teach your child maths at home, even if you can't do maths yourself

It doesn't matter if you feel unable to do maths yourself. You will learn too, as you watch the DVD and then play along with your children. Watch their faces as mummy and/or daddy shows them what to do and how to do it. Believe me, they would much rather learn it from YOU, than any teacher. That's why I have always believed, one parent is better than 100 school masters.

All too often, parents leave it up to the school to educate their children. This is a big mistake!! Today's education system is geared to filling out forms, complying with Ofsted recommendations, and sticking to woefully inadequate budgets (I know, I'm a primary school governor), all at the expense of results which don't seem to come into the picture, or take a high priority, when compared to education tables. We have become a checkbox world and our children are getting a checkbox education. As long as all the criteria is met, as laid down by the LEA (Local Education Authority), and the new grants spent, you'd think this would result in an improved education, but it doesn't seem to follow. The attitude is still, 'Well we're throwing money at it, again, so it has to work sometime'. Of course, the problem is not always lack of resources, but lack of direction.

## Helping children remember what they learn

I guess the big question is; How do children remember what they learn?
Given that they only get one stab at it, it is important that we, as parents, give our children a good and happy start. Most adults understand the relationship between practice and learning, but it is not something immediately obvious to children. Children will try something once and if it goes wrong, will immediately say, 'I can't do it!'. It takes you as a parent, or a teacher, to advise the child that repeating something in a different way, or to practice over and over, is the way to learn a subject thoroughly.

As children are bombarded with new experiences all the time, memories aren't likely to stick unless they are repeated structurally or have a big emotional impact. Equally, competition is not important to young children, but improvement and fun are big motivators, which is why they like to play. An excited enthusiasm will keep them interested in learning and trying harder.
This is the approach we are taking with this maths training program.

## This concept is about playtime maths. It's simple to do and easy to remember.

Give your son or daughter the confidence to achieve in the classroom and the confidence to move forward with their education, in a positive and enjoyable and achievable way.
Go on, do it today! Order your own DVD and CD's online and get started right away.

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