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 kidslose 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.
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)
With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, we urge the parents to make sure you have all the resources in place to help your child when they are struggling with math.
You can make use of our Moms Teach Math video series (sorry for that name, Dads are also verv welcome to it) to be able to help your child with their home work and learn about manipulatives. When you think the math issues continue and there could be a math learning disability or Dyscalculia, make sure you get a diagnosis and plan for a meeting at school to give them accommodations so they can be successful like the other children who do not have learning issues.
Several easy ways to get a good view on what is going on
Our dyscalculia screener in the left navigation panel (free registration required) or our online Math and Dyscalculia Screening Test with a report emailed to you shortly after completing the test.
However you go about it, but remember this is the good moment to take action, we still have some months.
Dyscalculia is about as prevalent as Dyslexia but not as well known and much less diagnosed. People still shrug it off when they are “bad at math” and don’t worry too much about it although it can have major implications for further education options, job opportunities and just moving through life with ease.
This math learning disability is nearly as common as dyslexia, however it’s studied far less, understood far worse, and diagnosed inconsistently
Dr Schreuder is on a mission to increase the number of Dyscalculia Tutors. For this she has developed an online Dyscalculia Tutor Training and to celebrate the upcoming Holidays and Black Friday and Cyber Monday she is offering Promotional Pricing of 15% off the regular price for abundle that includes: