The summer is a great time to make sure your children are up
to the challenges of the next school year and the Math they will encounter in
their next grade.
Even if they did fine last year, it is important to keep those
skills current over the summer months.
Do the Summer Math Assignment together with your child
without giving the answers to see if there are any gaps in math facts knowledge
or conceptual understanding. Check out your child’s school website to see which
math program will be used next year and find the book in the library or
download a starter chapter or ‘Get Ready’ chapter and go over that together
with your child in the same way: don’t give the answers, but talk about what
s/he already knows about these type of questions and how you could solve it. Use
small objects (pennies, paperclips, buttons, Lego blocks etc.) to model the
problem and solve by playing it out hands-on
Check for learning disabilities
Dyscalculia is the Math Learning Disability that often gets
overlooked by teachers and parents. It is an inborn disability that makes it
hard to do basic math. Make sure your children do not have any of the symptoms.
Many children show the hallmark signs of a math LD for several years without
being identified and having to go without help. You can check it with our free
screener HERE (free registration required), or you can do the online Math and
Dyscalculia Screening Test HERE, or you can contact us for a full Dyscalculia
Make sure you keep their math skills current with games
and playful everyday life activities
During summer there is more time for building activities, so
get out the blocks and Lego’s. Engage the children in talking about how much
the shopping will add up to and ask to help you in adjusting measurements in
recipes for more or less people. Talk about how many chores they need to do to
get enough money for a desired item. Estimating is important too, so together
make an estimate about the driving times related to the distance to sport
facilities, camps, and your summer location and check it with the actual
driving time. Keeping score and comparing scores in their favorite sport is
another activity that shows math is useful and all around us. Also connecting
with math in a fun, positive way can ease away any math anxiety.
Last, but not least, you can download our guide to prevent
the summer slide HERE and regularly engage them in playful activities and games
that will ensure they don’t lose the math skills they worked so hard for to
acquire last year. Have fun with math!
Children enjoy a long summer vacation and play a lot of
internet games on their own. Still they are on the lookout to have fun playing fun math and thinking
games with other kids or adults.
Did you know kids
lose on average 10 weeks of math
knowledge over the summer? Usually referred to as the ‘Math Slide’. There are many fun filled math summer camps that
focus on math concepts using games and riddles instead of math facts. You can
take action at home too: keep the patterns, shapes and numbers going to make
sure kids love math. Enjoy playing board games, card games, dice, and domino
games. Kids love to discuss their best strategies and to keep score, a math
activity in itself.
Download our free Guide to prevent the “Summer-Slide” Click HERE
You are not alone. about 4% to 6% of children will have a math learning disability or Dyscalculia. They will need all the help they can get to work on their math homework.
Specifically for parents in this situation we have recorded videos from Dr. Schreuder explaining how children learn, what good approaches will be and how to work successfully with the best manipulatives to give them that extra that they need.
Also included are about 150 pages of downloadable templates, activities and games. You can access this at MomsTeachMath.com (funny name but our experience is that indeed the Moms end up with the daily homework duties)
It is hard to recognize a learning disability in your child. Many parents do not want to see it, many parents eventually see it late.
HERE is a nice short cheat sheet with the symptoms to look for.
We all want the best for our children and one of the ways to ensure they get the support they deserve in school is to be on the lookout for signs that may indicate something is going on. If you are not sure, TEST, it can never hurt.
You can do a FREE Dyscalculia Screener/Checklist here in the left navigation bar(free registration required)
Or at DyscalculiaTesting.com you can do a more comprehensive Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test for $27.50. This will give you a five page report by email with lots of information.
Educational therapy is personalized help so students can reach their full potential.
While regular tutoring focuses on helping students with home work and review for tests and quizzes, educational therapy has a different and complimentary focus and works on development and long term retention of basic math skills and can be started when regular math tutoring is not effective or not effective enough. Educational therapy is for students who seem to know it one day and forget it the next.
Educational therapy combines general study techniques and organizational skills for learning with specific attention for a subject, while also addressing psychological aspects like self confidence and persistence.
After getting a good feel for a student’s skills in a specific subject, the educational therapist selects tools and techniques to address the issues that stand in the way of reaching the student’s full potential. These techniques are demonstrated and practiced during educational therapy sessions so that the student learns to apply them in school or when doing homework or studying independently.
Educational therapy is never ‘one size fits all’, and always personalized. For some students the emphasis lies on study techniques in general, that may carry over and help the student to become successful in several subjects. For some students the emphasis is predominantly on an area of weakness or LD such as dyslexia or dyscalculia. Although there is some overlap and students may have characteristics of both LD’s, it is now a clear that these LD’s need there own approach. Intervention for Math Learning Disability (MLD) and dyscalculia asks for a very different way of teaching new concepts and how to apply them, to develop fluency and check for understanding than intervention for reading and they are usually provided by different specialists.
Ideally, educational therapy should be tailored to fit the educational needs of a student like a glove, making it easier to handle the educational ‘hot potato’