Math Craft | Level A-1 Dyscalculia Games
Math Craft - Make Your Own Number Games - Dyscalculia Games A-1
Series A Book 1 is designed to give students with dyscalculia, or general issues with math and memory a solid foundation in:
1. Grasping quantity
2. Connecting quantities with numbers
3. Connecting numbers with the numeric symbols that represent them
4. Adding small numbers without having to count
Children with dyscalculia need to experience math through touch, movement, weight, sound, and the feeling of temperature, in order to engage different areas of the brain we use magnets and metal nuts in the games. Active and creative children really enjoy this aspect of Math Craft.
Many children need to start with this book regardless of age, based on their inability to the master basic skills that are foundational to mathematical confidence and mastery. Children are learning very basic skills though these games, but the games are not childish, therefore they are fun and challenging to older children with foundational math problems.
How to know if my child needs to start with Series A Book 1?
Start with Level A Book 1 if...
- your child looks at a group of up to six items and cannot tell how many there are without counting them.
- your child counts on his or her fingers when doing simple math problems.
- your student has had difficulty remembering math facts from the time they started learning.
- he or she is slow when adding one-digit numbers
- your child has disliked math from the beginning
- the student is just starting out with math lessons and you want to lay a strong foundation.
83 Pages - Print at Home PDF - Focus on Addition - For Children who count on their fingers and struggle with basic math and memory skills.
About Math Therapy Lessons and Games to Make and Play at Home:
These games and lessons are for children of all ages who have dyscalculia or simply struggle with foundational math, and still count on their fingers! Children who cannot read will need assistance, children who can read will need a parent, friend or sibling to play the games with.
Instructions for Parents and Teachers:
Work together on the first lessons. After that, students who read well may be able to
complete many of the lessons independently – EXCEPT for activities of sorting and stacking
the “mag-nut” game pieces while blindfolded, and games that require more than one player.
These exercises are designed to inspire the student to begin figuring out math facts and
number relationships on their own, reinforce material from previous lessons, and get their mind
into a more productive way of understanding numbers and math. Starting with the second book
in the series, most lessons will begin with hands-on exercises that introduce a single math
function or skill. At the end of each lesson, a game is presented that will enable the student
to have fun learning the math fact or facts presented in the lesson. Plan time after the
lesson to play games for a half hour or more.
About the Logic Games
The Number Logic Games are activities that the student can do without much help.
They will need to just use logic to find the pattern and finish the picture. Your student will
develop many important logic skills, math skills, and focusing skills when playing these games.
Playing the Games
Most of the games are best played with two players, though many (not all) will have a solitaire version. Some games can be played with three, four, or even more players. This can be a lot of fun. To get the most benefit if everyone should watch during the other players turns, and the students can check with each other to be sure they have the correct amounts, numbers, totals, number of moves, etc. It’s good to spend some time playing games from earlier lessons.
· Set up, learn, and then play the game IMMEDIATELY after the lesson.
· Read the instructions one step at a time and help the student set up the game if necessary.
· As you learn together how to play the games, they will be encouraged to see that even you may not understand immediately but by patient trial and error, and re-reading the instruction, you will figure it out. Students learn a lot by observing, and participating in, this kind of process.
· If an older child is playing against the student, privately remind them to consider the feelings of the younger. As you work together, you will see what kind of activities your child can handle on their own and which ones you should work through together. Be ready to give help when it is needed to ensure that your student experiences success.