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Topic: fingermath...any studies?
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Chris

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Re: fingermath...any studies?
Posted: May 27, 2005 5:31 PM
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Hey
As a kid i always did most of my math on my fingers. I found it very
useful and it helped me solve math problems. I'm the type of person who
likes to see it rather then just think about it. Thats why i like the
finger method. I saw my fingers, instead of seeing the numbers only in
my head. In schools today when when i volunteered i noticed that kids
would always be using their fingers in math. Some would be counting
with their fingers on their desks while others would try to hide them
under their desks but most of them still used it. Even today if i need
to add up a big number and i don't have a calculator i use my fingers.
It might sound funny but i do.
About research i have not found much info about it except for some web
pages which explain how to use it. They show you diagrams of your
fingers while you are counting.
In my opinion i do think that kids like to use it. It makes math more
intersting and fun, and easier in a way, because they then don't have
to memorize as much instead they improve their speed of using their
fingers. I don't think it is a bad thing, as long as they are coming up
with the right answers thats all that should matter.
Christine

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