Right Brain Math is an innovative, supplemental math
program that teaches children to have fun with numbers by using
visual and auditory patterns, which will increase their knowledge
and retention of basic math skills. This set includes a 96-page
soft-cover book with reproducible worksheets, as well as the Pattern
Power Math DVD. Children using Right Brain Math will
have the opportunity to "play" with numbers by using the included
worksheets to find patterns and relationships that make sense to
The book begins by showing children how to create an interesting
times table without the need to know any multiplication skills
(known as the EZ Times Table) in a format they will understand
and can easily use. Once they have completed the EZ Times Table,
they can use the chart for basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication
as well as division, factors, squares, place value, and prime numbers.
The Pattern Power Math DVD has a short introduction to
the concept of right-brain math for parents to watch before beginning
the program. Children who are considered left-brain dominant learn
best through rote memory and hearing concepts explained, but children
who are right-brain dominant learn best through visual experiences,
such as patterns, emotions, and seeing the full picture of a concept.
Both types are able to learn sufficiently, yet knowing which type
of learner your child is and how he best learns will help you create
a more suitable learning experience. The DVD also provides visual
instructions for completing the "Playing with Patterns" and "Advanced
Tables" sections, where interesting number patterns are created
using number circles, wheels, and tic-tac-toe squares.
This program was created for elementary-aged children as well
as persons of any age who may need remediation of basic concepts.
It works well for all types of learners but especially those who
learn best through visual examples. For review purposes, I used
it with my 6-year-old who was still working on basic addition and
subtraction facts, with my 8-year-old who had just started learning
about multiplication, and with my 11-year-old who was struggling
with multiplication. I reproduced the blank EZ Times Table worksheet
from the book and worked with the children individually, beginning
with my 8-year-old. The book gives thorough but easy-to-follow
instructions that should be read by the parent and/or the child
before creating each number column.
We started with the ones column and then did the twos, the threes,
and so on until we had completed the table to the tens. As we completed
each number column, I showed my daughter how to use the table,
instead of waiting until she had completed the entire thing. The
premise is that the child will be able to take the table, look
at a specific problem (for example, 4x8), go to the 4's column,
and count down 8 squares. Or they can go to the 8's column and
count down 4 squares to get the right answer. We found that process
so much easier than the traditional multiplication table, where
the child has to find one number at the top and one number on the
side and then figure out where they meet. When she had completed
her chart, I was able to ask her any multiplication problem from
0-10 and she found the answer in seconds! I then had my 6-year-old
and 11-year-old create their charts -- with the same results. I
was amazed that my 6-year-old, who had never even seen multiplication
aside from glancing at her sibling's schoolwork, was able to find
the answers quickly!
Once we had practiced using the table for multiplication, I showed
the younger ones how to use it for addition or subtraction as well
by finding the largest number of a given problem in the 1's column
and counting forward or backwards the appropriate number of squares
to the answer. My older child was able to use his table for division,
which he had previously not been able to grasp, by using the concept
of reserve multiplication (described in the instructions), where
one simply reverses the process for finding products to find the
quotient. Though the EZ Times Table can be used to work with fractions,
squares, factors, place value, and prime numbers, we did not get
to work with those concepts at length due to lack of time and our
desire to review the basic principals in the program. But by quickly
glancing through those areas, I could see where it would work well.
Finally, there is the Pattern Play portion of the book. The instructions
in the book were a bit difficult for me to grasp at first glance,
but after I watched the included DVD, they made much more sense
to me. I then had the children watch them as well. All the children
grasped the number wheel and tic-tac-toe patterns, but the younger
ones had a more difficult time grasping the "Rules of Tens" pattern
and the Advanced EX Tables. Despite those few difficulties, every
child had fun learning math. Math can be fun! I have been trying
to teach them that for years, and this program helped me do that.
The Pattern Play portion of the program is not used so much to
teach concepts, but rather to promote further interest in numbers
as an amazing creation and to emphasize the fact that numbers can
make understandable patterns when you have the tools to create
I found no negatives with this program, but as I started to review
it, I realized it was not what I was expecting. I expected it to
be something that would teach the children their multiplication
tables. This program does not do that, it does teach children to
think outside the box and to use their own creativity to create
tools that they can use to make learning math concepts more fun.
If a concept is fun, children are more eager to learn it and learn
it well. This program costs less than $20 for both the book and
DVD, and I consider it a great value and an exceptional product.
I always disliked those standard multiplication tables myself,
but I found Right Brain Math to be enjoyable. No tears,
no complaining, and I learned a few new things about math myself.
I now consider Right Brain Math a supplemental staple
to our homeschool program.