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I was taught math in a very stoic method during my childhood and as a result became math-phobia. Now as an adult, I wish to relearn math as a long term hobby and a cure for my phobia. I found that in India, they value the process of solving problems above memorisation and children learn to link numerical knowledge together (find relationships) building a strong foundation for mathematics while having lots of fun. I too wish to build a strong foundation for mathematical basics (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) this way, but could not find specific details on how to proceed. I wish to find a book that guides me through basic math from the ground up (as a Indian teacher would do for their students), and have something I can practice with; workbook. the details I found are: they do 2 digit number addition and subtraction, memorise multiplication table up to 20x20, think in terms of 12 (versus 10), and do 3 digit multiplications. I found this much, but the information did not include in which order kids learned what, or the methods (practice questions) used. I feel the details (process of learning, questions, language, method) are very important and hope someone can guide me as to how children come to learn and appreciate numbers in India or any other related source. I would especially like to know the specifics (order, method, questions, sources used) but would appreciate any other guidance as to how I can begin enjoying math (especially concerning the Indian method). sincerely

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    $\begingroup$ I recommend you space your question into paragraphs (with line breaks) so that it's easier to read for others. $\endgroup$ – user472341 Nov 14 '17 at 11:43
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I am from India and after reading your post I thought I should answer your question.First thing is that most of the students opt for centeral education ie CBSE which follows the NCERT strictly so if you wanna learn in an Indian way,,you should probably go for that and RD Sharma is a good followup help for solving and understanding NCERT but it starts from class 6 imo and I don't know any famous book trend for classes below that.For methods the teacher usually teach us from the books(NCERT) and we follow those method only and ask the teachers for doubt.So if u wanna do this in Indian way,I would recommend NCERT and some online lectures of our teachers.Also hoping that u get cured of this phobia.

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  • $\begingroup$ thank you! I will check these sources. I wish I had gotten to know the Indian method of studying math as a child. I remember liking problem solving on my own until school started to "teach" math. $\endgroup$ – pepe Nov 14 '17 at 14:04
  • $\begingroup$ I also read somewhere that parents in India incorporate math into their daily lives from early childhood, do you remember being taught any math helping-methods like finger math or any other memorisation techniques (maybe the 20x20 recitation?) or games as a child? if so, could you please share your experiences and your opinions about them? $\endgroup$ – pepe Nov 14 '17 at 14:17
  • $\begingroup$ nothing special but if I were to remember something like this it would be that my parents used to give me tables upto 10 and then 20 after I had memorised them and would randomly ask me about any table anytime and even helped me in calculations and corrected me whenever I was wrong and gave me new problems to work on so this improved my calculations. $\endgroup$ – Hydrous Caperilla Nov 14 '17 at 23:49
  • $\begingroup$ I see, I guess in many families in India, math is a natural part of nurturing a child. thank you for sharing your experience. $\endgroup$ – pepe Nov 15 '17 at 6:53

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