How to obtain the kit.
Starting today, June 1, 2018, parents the world over can acquire a mathematical tool kit for FREE that can help their children master math. It consists of a rich picture of mathematics that incorporates the essential multiplication facts into the graphing system framed under the key algebraic variables X and Y. The picture is a high-resolution X•Y Chart that you may copy. This kit also contains three connect-the-dots problems, a blank connect-the-dots grid, two multiplication quizzes, and a users’ guide. To obtain this package, go to the shopping cart and select the User’s Guide & Activity Kit. Complete the check-out process. GO DIRECTLY TO CART You will not be charged for this. When you complete the form, you will receive an e-mail notification that the order is complete. Now download and print the pdf. Begin to use it with your children. You may be surprised to see how easily children who can count from 1 to 10 learn to plot points and then later to plot products. If they can do it, let them!
- Start when your child can count from 1 to 10 and can use a pencil and paper. Knowledge of the alphabet isn’t required. (If they can’t write, consider showing them how to use the arrow keys with this digital activity: Connect-the-Dots ) Age is not an issue.
- With one of the connect-the-dots sheets show your child the technique of finding a point, or plotting a point. Do this for a few times until you child gets it.
- Here’s the algorithm:To find a point at (x,y), let’s use 3 for x and 4 for y or as it would appear in an algebra book the coordinate pair (3,4). Start at the origin where the X-axis intersects the Y-axis. Count to the right on the X-axis 3 units. Stop there. Switch directions. Count up 4 units. Find the point at that location. Draw a dark circle at that point. Continue this in order, connecting as you go.
- Let your child continue with your loving and patient assistance until the picture is complete.
- Admire the finished picture and recognize that it is the result of some, perhaps, scary looking pairs of numbers and an algorithm, the instructions above. Yes, numbers turn into pictures. Thanks, Descartes, for bringing together algebra and geometry.
- Color the picture.
- Complete a few more.
- Now introduce multiplication using the picture of the X•Y Chart. Demonstrate how finding the product is the same as plotting the point.
- Find some products. Explain what they are. Count the squares in the rectangular area.
- Take the reproduction of the X•Y Chart and hang it next to your child’s bed. Let the image go to work on your child’s imagination.
- Point out patterns whenever you can and listen to your child when they spot one.
If this description didn’t help, please comment below and we will revise. Also watch this video. It will show the process of plotting points and plotting products with pictures and Mozart: