Discover 7 proven strategies to boost your child's math confidence and success.
Mathematics is a crucial subject in today's world, but for students with Dyslexia or Dyscalculia, understanding math concepts can be a real challenge because these learning differences affect reading, writing, language skills, and math understanding. However, you can use hands-on, engaging techniques to help them learn math concepts with confidence.
The strategies outlined below are useful tools that both parents and educators can employ to assist students with Dyslexia or Dyscalculia in acquiring a confident understanding of mathematical concepts:
1. Use manipulatives when working out the problem.
Manipulatives are hands-on tools that help students to visualize and understand math concepts. Some examples are to use real money when they are learning about money, make a sandwich or pie and cut it in halves or quarters for fractions, or double or divide a recipe in half - these are all great ways to learn measurements and practice adding and subtracting fractions.
2. Talk through the math problem.
Talking through a problem in the form of a sentence can help with grasping a concept. Restating word problems in the students’ own words can make a world of difference.
3. Draw the problem on paper.
Drawing the problem is really helpful for visual learners to see that math is not so abstract after all. You can ask them to draw what they think the problem is stating or if they are unsure you can draw it out for them to see it.
4. Use graph paper.
Lining up problems can be a real challenge for struggling students. If the numbers start to slant, they can get confused about what they wrote down and then become overwhelmed trying to figure out where they went wrong. Using graph paper can help them to keep everything in their proper place.
5. Break tasks down into small pieces.
Complex problems or concepts can be extremely overwhelming. Separating a problem into small parts and working through them one at a time can help students focus, see connections, and avoid overload.
6. Use daily activities as an opportunity to teach math skills.
Relating math with daily life activities can help students make the most sense of math concepts. For example, teaching them how to tell time when they want to watch a TV show, cooking a meal or baking dessert with them and asking them to double or cut a recipe in half, or teaching them fractions by having them save or donate a percentage of their allowance or birthday money.
7. Review often.
Dyscalculic students struggle to retain information, so it is imperative to review often! In order to keep your child's attention, it is ideal to practice math frequently for short periods of time (like 20 minutes) and review concepts they learn frequently - math is best practiced every day, if possible.
Are you a parent of a struggling student who is finding it hard to keep up with their math lessons? Don't worry, you're not alone. Math can be a difficult subject to grasp, and some students may require additional support and guidance to fully understand the concepts. At 3D Learning Experts, we believe that every student deserves a chance to succeed, regardless of their learning differences. That's why we offer personalized private math tutoring for students who need multisensory support to fully understand math concepts. With our expert guidance and support, students with Dyslexia or Dyscalculia can learn math with confidence and achieve their academic goals through our 1-on-1 online math tutoring.
We believe that every student deserves a chance to succeed, and our expert tutors are here to provide the support they need to do just that. With our strategies, your child can learn math concepts with confidence and succeed in their academic pursuits.
So, if you're interested in learning more about our math tutoring services, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation call with us today! Visit us at 3DLearningExperts.com/consult to take the first step towards helping your child achieve their full potential.
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Jess Arce is a homeschool mom of four, a tutor for children & adults who struggle with Dyslexia & Dysgraphia and an all around entrepreneur. She is passionate about helping others understand dyslexia.