# Mathemagic

 What is math?  It can be compared to a very useful tool, like a hammer, or a collection of tools like a set of screwdrivers. A lot of kids get frustrated and bored with math, because many textbooks concentrate a lot on teaching the small, meticulous details of each and every type of tool.  That’s one of the fastest ways to kill your passion for something that could have otherwise been really useful! Don’t get me wrong – you do need to know how to tell a hammer apart from a screwdriver. but can you tell me when to use the hammer instead of the screwdriver? It’s really important to focus on how and when to use the different tools. This is my practical approach to teaching the subject. Most kids think math just means numbers, when the truth is that math is much more than just numbers and being good at multiplying! There are three main areas in math (at least when you first start out). Some kids enjoy adding and dividing, and for them, math is all about numbers. However, if you’re really good with shapes and how they relate, then you might enjoy geometry. And if you are good at solving puzzles and people think you’re unbeatable at certain games, chances are that logic will be a great match for your skills. Let’s discover what math really is, and how we can use it in our everyday lives in a way that’s really useful. NOTE: Be sure to pause this video when the timer reaches 6:30 to work on the Earn, Break Even, or Lose problem before I show you the answer!

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We’re going to break down the steps to really getting to know numbers and put it into a form that both you and your kids can use everyday, including shopping at grocery stores, baking in the kitchen, working on the car, and figuring out your taxes. It’s a useful tool for flexing your mind as well as appreciating the simplicity of the numerical world.