Mathematics is a tricky subject. Those who love,
enjoy it much and those who don’t, feel it’s boring. I lost interest in
mathematics while in 7^{th} class. Based on what I remember, it was
mainly due to lack of understanding of negative numbers. By nature, I am
kinaesthetic person and therefore I refuse to accept anything unless understood
thoroughly. Generally, just memorization doesn’t work for me and the same thing
happened about multiplication of negative numbers. Our teacher presented them
as rules and I refused to accept them at face value. One year later my cousin
grandfather started living with us and he had great interest in teaching.
Moreover, his concepts in mathematics were extremely clear and he could answer all
my crazy questions. This retriggered my interest in mathematics. The whole
journey was so joyful that I wish everyone gets a grandfather like him who is
at home to help with fundamental questions in studies.
Later, when I was in 9^{th}
I was introduced to Vedic Math by my close friend. At that time, I thoroughly
enjoyed it and started using it to an extend where I completely forgot methods
taught in the school. Few years back I started taking courses in Vedic math and
I repeatedly received questions about relevance of the course in school. Even though
these methods cannot be directly used in school today, some of the methods are
being included in school curriculum and therefore I decided to author books as
per the curriculum.
While developing Vedic Math book
for a particular class I realized that numbers being abstract, it’s also
important to explain some of the concepts through art and craft. Therefore, I
decided to also add Creative Math as a part of this book. This is because
learning is much more effective through Activities and Games for many.
When
I started thinking about developing books as per the curriculum, next question
was which board to follow. After a bit of research, I got to know that CBSE is
most popular board in India and therefore I decided to develop Vedic Math books
for CBSE curriculum. Finally, I had a choice of developing books from class I
and I decided to develop books for secondary school first. I first published a
book for class 8 and received very good response. Therefore, we released 2^{nd}
edition of ‘Vedic Math for 8^{th} Class’. Now I am pleased
to release Vedic and Creative Math for 7^{th} Class.
The
structure of this book and sequence of CBSE syllabus is not the same and it is
intentional. The book is divided into three sections. Section I is to learn
basic principles, section II is for application of principles and section III
covers Creative Geometry. Section I is mostly to explain the methods and it is
important to refer section II to confirm that concepts are understood and
ability to apply concepts is developed in pupils. Section III mainly uses
Creative Math to explain concepts of geometry. It is fun to learn geometry in
this manner rather than conventional method.
I
have repeated some of the chapters from my book ‘Vedic Math for 8^{th}
Class’ here and this is because your learning of next year gets covered 1 year
sooner! Additionally, concepts of Vedic Math are easily expandable and it’s
easy to cover the whole concept rather than just a part of it.
The
book is designed in such a way that all required methods from Vedic Math are
covered here and the student need not refer to any other book to learn the
basics. Additionally, numbers (data) are represented in pictorial format or
charts wherever appropriate. This certainly simplifies the learning. Geometry
is explained through activities and this makes the learning very simple and
easy to retain.
I
have explained principles wherever relevant. This shall help the pupil to understand
them further and apply them confidently. In the curriculum of 7^{th}
class, I have covered Bar numbers. This is a very simple concept which
eliminates the need of numbers greater than 5 and simplifies calculations. This
is also relevant when you know negative numbers. Additionally, I have also
explained patterns in decimal numbers and usage of 9 in the context of decimals.
Vedic math treats decimals in a special manner. This offers deeper
understanding of decimals as compared to the curriculum. The key focus of this
book is Fractions, Decimals and Integers.
Even
though I have covered most of the syllabus in this book, it does not cover whole
syllabus 100% and this book has many additional things that are not part of the
syllabus. At a high level, some of the concepts in solid shapes, symmetry
and practical geometry are not covered 100% and the students can learn them
quickly based on their learnings from this book.
I
am confident that this is fun and joyful journey to all the students and their
parents. I wish you all the best for more love towards mathematics in general
and Vedic / Creative Math specifically.
Print copy of this book is available on Amazon and Instamojo. Digital copy is available on Scribd and Google Play.
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