One thing I’d like to understand is how it is that Americans say “Math” while Brits say “Maths” as an abbreviation for “Mathematics”.

Being a Brit myself, I find that “Mathematics” sounds right; what’s more it seems to make more sense to me. The word “Mathematics” is expressing the plural and so is “Maths”; but “Math” is cutting the word short, and losing the plural number. Besides, Americans do not, as far as I know, say “Mathematic” where we (Brits) say “Mathematics”… or do they?

I’m not having a go at our cousins across the Pond. Some of my best frends are North Americans, as the expression goes, but in my case it is really true. And I am currently tutoring an American in Maths (or “Math”, as she calls it), so I don’t actually have a problem with it.

Of course, it doesn’t matter whether you put an ‘s’ at the end of the word or not. It’s one of the many vague and slight transatlantic differences in culture. But this highlights one of the great things about Mathematics: You’ve probably heard someone say, or even said yourself, that an answer to a Maths question is either right or wrong. Indeed, this is largely true; Maths is a Universal language and does not suffer from language barriers.

All this is really just a way to introduce a Maths resource that we are promoting here at the Blue Nile Blog. Yes, it has the word “Math” in the title and the author of the resource, Teresa Evans, is from the United States. But Maths is Maths, or Math is Math.

She writes:-

Let’s face it, math can be fun but not all kids think it is. Kids are used to being entertained and expect everything that you want them to do, to be just as entertaining as their favorite pastimes.

What worked in the past, doesn’t necessarily work today. Many kids don’t want to learn math or practice math, they’d rather be watching DVD’s or playing with computer games.

No wonder you feel frustrated!

You know that math skills will be vital to every child’s future. It helps them in school… at work… in social situations… in all areas of life. You simply cannot get along without it. But many kids struggle with math and don’t enjoy it at all.

But it doesn’t have to be like this!

Imagine being able to get kids so engaged with math that they don’t even want to stop even when you ask them to. Wouldn’t that be great?

Or what if you could have an endless stream of different ways to motivate kids so they learn the basics of math. How would that feel if you could do this?

Imagine the satisfaction that you’d get from seeing your kids math skills soar and their grades in math going up and up.

Now you can get kids engaged in math and wanting to do more day after day….

and all the hard work has been done for you. You can have all the math games that you need to make math fun, interesting and effective.

So here it is:-