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Exploring Maths using a Square Sheet of Paper

Posted on 12 September, 2014 No comments
We often get so caught up in the technology that is being developed around education and learning that we forget the simpler, tactile resources that are already available to us at minimal cost.

This simple lesson was inspired by my 7-year old son who was bored.

All you need is a blank square sheet of paper, coloured pencils or markers, a ruler and time!

Start with the following simple questions.

·        What shape is this?
·        How do we know it is a square?
·        How many ways can we fold it in half?

Use different colour pencils to demarcate the different folds, so that you end up with the following.


My son and I discussed the new shapes that were created and ended off by writing in the number symbols and number names for each triangle.

For older children, this can be extended to discuss axis of symmetry, multiplication, halving and doubling, fractions, angles, measurements, area and patterns.

Send in your suggestions of other Maths concepts you can explore or pictures of how you used this in your class.

Happy Exploring!

Neshni Naidoo
Director: Vedic Maths Forum South Africa

I am grateful for...

Posted on 10 September, 2014 No comments
Its been 14 years since the passion for educating students with Vedic Maths began. And it has been an awesome journey so far meeting so many of you out there and making a little difference in your lives.Vedic Maths to us is more than just passion and today I would like to thank a lot of people without whom this journey would have been incomplete.

First I would like to thank our Master and Guru His Holiness Tirthaji Maharaja.His influence on me through his work has been tremendous and I would like to first start by thanking his great soul. We are indebted to you Master for your teachings and blessings.

Next I would like to thank the current Shankaracharya of Puri for his countless blessings and guidance. Guruji we are indebted to you and we wouldn't have been on this journey had it not been for you.You have guided us through tough times and phases when we needed you the most.We thank-you for everything.

I would like to thank my  mentors Late Ms.Shakuntala Devi, Shri Vishwanath Unkalkar, Shri P.K.Srivathsa for your kind support and guidance.

My friends who have been with me through thick and thin. Varun Poddar,Dhaval Bathia, Vineet Patawari, Md.Faisal and Dr.B.Sai Kiran. Thankyou for being there for me folks.

I would like to thank my partners from the US, SA, Australia, Oman and other countries and cities for showing us your love and support. We will strive to give our best to you! My amazing colleagues in office who have come to be the pillars of support for the company - Thank-you all.

Lastly I would like to thank my wife for trusting me and for standing by me and for managing the organization. 

I apologize to so many who have helped us but I have not been able to thank-you personally. This Thankyou message is for you too!

I pray to Lord Almighty for giving our team strength, endurance and love so that we are able to take Vedic Maths to people in the world. Thankyou! :)
 - 
Gaurav Tekriwal

MATHOMAT® – Drawing Tool for Geometry and Trigonometry

Posted on 03 September, 2014 No comments

We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Education Resources Africa and will be one of the local distributors of MATHOMAT® - a drawing tool for Geometry and Trigonometry. MATHOMAT® contains all the features of a traditional maths set (ruler, protractor, compass and set squares) together with a number of important shapes in a single instrument It makes learning fun and inspires students to be explore and be creative.

In primary schools, MATHOMAT® is used to explore tessellations, shapes (classification, patterns, rotation and symmetry), to create artistic designs and to teach students about maps, bearings and distances.

At high schools, it can be used to classify and draw shapes and angles, sketch sine/cosine and parabolic curves, create nests for polyhedra, investigation of tessellations, to teach directed numbers and for representing percentages and displaying statistical information.

MATHOMAT® Junior
MATHOMAT® Senior

MATHOMAT® - a single drawing tool that is durable, easy to store, easy to use and enhances the neatness of the students work - should be a part of every Maths class, at home and in schools. . Contact Vedic Maths Forum South Africa for pricing and orders (South Africa only). 

Vedic Maths at the Cape Home Educators Expo

Posted on 01 September, 2014 No comments
On Saturday, 30 August, Vedic Maths Forum South Africa exhibited at The Cape Home Educators Expo. Visitors came from as far as Citrusdal to learn what is new on the homeschooling front in South Africa and see what learning resources are available. Exhibitors ranged from more established organisations to the smaller emerging businesses entering the education market. In conversations with the parents who visited the stand - it became clear that in some cases, homeschooling is not a matter of choice but necessity when children are unable to cope in a mainstream schooling environment due to difficulties in learning, concentration and motivation. It is a challenging task for a parent to undertake and much support is needed for the parent as well as the child.

Parents were enthusiastic about the virtual classroom environment through which we facilitate our classes. It is affordable and convenient with the benefit of having an experienced Maths teacher tutor the child at his/her own pace. They were also amazed at the Vedic Maths techniques and saw how it would motivate and enrich their children, especially those who were already performing at an above average level.



Neshni Naidoo
DIrector - Vedic Maths Forum South Africa

Speed Maths Challenge Cape Town 2014

Posted on 21 August, 2014 No comments


After months of preparation and anticipation, our big day had arrived – the first Speed Maths Challenge hosted by Vedic Maths Forum South Africa - the venue, Turfhall Primary School in Penlyn Estate, Cape Town – date, 2nd August 2014.

There was much excitement, some nerves and loads of enthusiasm on the part of learners, parents, teachers and even us, the organisers. Some learners were waiting at the hall a whole hour before the event! All 5 schools - Turfhall Primary, Rylands Primary, Starling Primary, Habibia Primary and Regina Coeli Primary – were represented with their friends, family and teachers giving support.


We began with a briefing session for the participants where Mrs Darshana Rama laid out the ground rules and helped settle some of the anxiety. The competition consisted of 4 rounds of questions. In rounds 1, 2 and 3, all teams were given 5 minutes to complete Maths sums and puzzles. In the last round, they were quizzed on the History of Maths in Africa and Traditional African boardgames.

After a short welcome, the Grade 4 learners (5 teams of 3 learners) began their session.  The winning school for the Grade 4 category was Habibia Primary School with 2nd place going to Rylands Primary School.

Grade 4 learners

Mr H.A. Allie: Principal Regina Coeli Primary School
Next on the programme was an inspirational talk delivered by Mr H.A. Allie, the principal of Regina Coeli Primary School. He shared with us, based on his experience, how we can affect change by changing our own mindset and thoughts. We, as parents and teachers must be aware that we are the role models for this generation and should act and speak accordingly.


The Grade 5 teams competed in the next category. Some of the teams worked so quickly that it was a challenge for us to keep up with collecting answer sheets, checking the answers and working out the scores! The winners in this category were again Habibia Primary School and in 2nd place, Rylands Primary School.

Grade 5 learners

Following this was a short presentation on the Virtual Classroom and its benefits for students by Mrs Neshni Naidoo.

The last category was for the Grade 6 learners. The winners were Turfhall Primary School (an all girl team) with Habibia Primary School in 2nd place.

We then shared the video ‘The Magic of Vedic Maths” by Gaurav Tekriwal which had everyone glued to their seats!

This was followed by the presentation of Certificates and Prizes to the participants and winning teams by Mrs Anusha Naidoo from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).
    
Grade 4 wnners: Habibia Primary School
Grade 5 winners: Habibia Primary School

Grade 6 winners: Turfhall Primary School














After the initial nerves wore off, we could see that the learners were enjoying the experience. The learners loved the Maths puzzles and were very quick in the History of Maths Quiz. They are already looking forward to next year's competition!


Parents and teachers welcomed this Challenge and saw it as an enriching experience for the children. This will most probably become an annual event with more schools participating in future competitions.


The event was covered by Cape Town TV (www.capetowntv.org) a local television channel.  We were in CTV’s studio on 5 August for an interview, which was broadcast on 12th August.  A recording of the interview will be uploaded in the next week.


Looking forward to Speed Maths Challenge 2015!

Pics: Speed Maths Challenge, Cape Town 2014

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The Vedic Maths Forum South Africa organized the First Speed Maths Challenge in August 2014. Here are some pictures from the grand event!



Fields Medal winner Manjul Bhargava's 3 ideas to overcome fear of maths

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Manjul Bhargava

 Heartiest Congratulations to Manjul Bhargava for the coveted Field's Medal in Mathematics.

Manjul Bhargava, the first Indian-origin mathematician to win the coveted Fields Medal, says the inspiration behind his discoveries in number theory has been the classic works of ancient Indian mathematicians.

"Their works contain incredible mathematical discoveries, and were very inspirational to me as a young mathematician. The classic works of Pingala, Hemachandra, and Brahmagupta have been particularly influential in my own work," the 40-year-old Princeton University professor told in a detailed email interview. 

In the interview, he also goes on the explain how the ancients derived elegant mathematical patterns from rhythms of Sanskrit poetry and how he managed to simplify and expand the work of 18th century German maths legend Carl Friedrich Gauss with the help of Hemchandra's Identity and a simple Rubik's Mini-Cube.

Bhargava also offers three suggestions to teachers and students in India to make maths learning fun.

Manjul Bhargava receives the Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Seoul.

Go to India-Today for the full interview transcript of Manjul Bhargava.
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