Read this: Now it mathematics children with speech adds up! When it comes to adding up it’s experience that counts, scientists have found. Research carried out on elementary school-age children has revealed that drilling children on simple addition and multiplication may pay off. According to the results, as children’s brains develop remembering sums helps them add up faster.
Experience really does matter,’ said Dr Kathy Mann Koepke of the National Institutes of Health, which funded the research. Healthy children start making that switch between counting to what’s called fact retrieval when they’re eight to nine-years-old, when they’re still working on fundamental addition and subtraction. How well children make that shift to memory-based problem-solving is known to predict their ultimate math achievement. Those who fall behind ‘are impairing or slowing down their math learning later on,’ Mann Koepke said.