Why you need to teach your children mental maths

In today’s fast paced world, the use of technology; smart phones, tablets and apps, has in many cases, replaced the use of logic and basic mental problem solving. When was the last time you witnessed someone calculating their tip, or friends splitting their bill at a restaurant without having to use the calculator on their smart phones? What does that say about how our society is developing, and the kind of lessons we will be teaching our children? Is it acceptable for one to grow up reliant on technology to solve basic problems? How will that affect the kind of adults and society they will be when they grow up?

Children who are exposed to a basic foundation of mental maths from a young age tend to become quick thinkers as adults. Here are the basic reasons why young children should be exposed to mental arithmetic and maths.  

Mental Maths is logical
While there is a place for the carrying and borrowing method in Maths, young children should learn to do maths mentally first. With mental math, children are engaged from the beginning of solving the equation, and they question more because they understand better, instead of when they are simply following a series of steps or using a calculator.  

Mental Maths is fun!
It is easier to understand, easier to do, and just all around exciting! Using play as a form of teaching enhances the leaning experience for young children. Once a child learns and understands a concept and becomes confident in its application, they desire to learn even more.

Mental Maths skills are not only essential for the classroom, but also for life in general. Instead of relying on external sources for solutions, children can grow up to be problem solvers themselves and maximise their own mental capacity and problem-solving skills. You might also want to read our article on the value of practicing mathematics