Saturday, August 10, 2013

Math Made Easier for Challenged Learners

Effective Math Resources ALL in One Place!

In our most recent articles, we have been offering tips and resources to help make the Back-to-School “journey” just a little bit easier. However, those offerings have been related to literacy and study skills. This week, we wanted to provide some effective yet easy-to-access resources for sharpening those math skills that may have become dormant over the summer break.

Over the past several weeks, we have been working on what we think is a great list of math links for parents and teachers of challenged learners to provide just this kind of assistance. In addition, we have categorized the resources according to learning style and level of technology. We hope you will find what we have here for you to be just the kind of math resources you need to help your child or your students get back into the math groove!

A. Math Resources for Visual Learners (Spatial) – For these learners, visual information (e.g. printed words, maps, charts, environmental cues) are needed for ease of learning.

Visualizing Multiplication
This is a great tool for those children who are struggling with multiplication facts.

FREE Montessori Math Videos
YouTube has become a wonderful resource for parents and teachers searching for information on Montessori education. The math videos via this link can provide very helpful instruction.

B. Math Resources for Auditory Learners (Linguistic) – For these learners, spoken language is a preferred way of taking in and responding to information.

Auditory: Math Resources
A list of 9 resources to help teach math concepts via auditory methods

Math and Skip Counting (Prices vary)
Here is a variety of math CDs from which to choose.

C. Math Resources for Kinesthetic Learners (Physical/Tactile) – For these learners, engaging in hands-on activity and getting feedback from physical sensations are important and helpful in facilitating learning and in demonstrating mastery of skills.

Turning Non-Traditional Games into Learning Fun
Take regular games that students are already familiar with and give them an educational “twist.” What’s the result? Math learning becomes FUN learning!

Lego Math Game {Greater Than or Less Than}
Adding Lego to math learning can be much more fun for children. This activity is also quick and simple to put together – always a plus!

Lego Math That Kids Love!
More math activities involving Legos

D. Math Resources for Social Learners

How to Teach Math as a Social Activity
A master math teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, establishes a cooperative-learning environment in an upper-elementary classroom.

Cooperative Learning Techniques
by Gisele Glosser
Cooperative learning should not be used haphazardly. However, when used with a plan, it can offer many educational benefits. Most of all, it is just plain fun. Recommendations for implementation are provided in this article.

Instructional Strategies
The strategies in provided in this article support active student participation in math lessons and allow teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.

E. Tech Resources for Math (Apps, etc.)

Math Apps (for Apple devices)
By Sandra Fleming (Aug 8, 2013)
Reviews of and links to the BEST math apps for Back-to-School 2013

10 Outstanding Android Math Apps (2013)
For Android fans, here is a list of some great MATH apps to share with their students and kids. Includes basic math levels to algebra.

Other Related Resources

Learning Styles vs. Learning Disabilities – from the National Center for Learning Disabilities
Individuals respond to and use different types of information and approaches when engaged in learning. In addition, no one uses only one approach to learning all the time. This article presents basic information about learning styles and learning disabilities.

Hear It, See It, Feel It – 24 Math Strategies for Your Auditory, Visual or Tactile Learner
Posted by Caroline Mukisa

30 of the Best Educational Tools for Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic Learners
A great list of technological tools for ALL kinds of learners

For information on customizable reading tools: Tools for struggling readers of all ages! Info & support for struggling readers

Image courtesy of: Brennan Innovators, LLC:

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing. My daughter struggled in math for awhile. She attends a decent California public school but she lacked good study strategies. This school year, I decided to get her a math tutor in San Jose. The tutor really helped her improve her grades dramatically, and boosted her self-confidence.