Math Craft | Level A-2 Dyscalculia Games - Make Your Own Number Games
Math Craft - Make Your Own Number Games - Dyscalculia Games A-2
Series A Book 2 helps children with dyscalculia, or memory problems, to master addition of numbers up to ten. Students learn math facts using activities and games. The goal is for the child to know the math facts and to be able to apply them without having to stop to count. In order to have a basic foundation for strong mathematical skills children need to be quick in calculating small numbers.
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.
Does my child need to start with this book?
If your child has many addition facts memorized, yet still counts on their fingers some of the time, you can start with this book instead of book 1, as long as the child doesn't have other problems with processing simple math problems.
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How does Math Craft work?
Kids who struggle with math have difficulties for so many different reasons. Some may just panic when they must deal with numbers, while those with dyscalculia may have a learning disability that affects the part of their brain that is usually used for processing quantity and numbers. Others seem to work with numbers in a confusing way and need to lay a fresh foundation for math, then some students just have difficulty memorizing, so they count on their fingers. Math craft helps with all these different issues!
First of all, Math Craft is fun, so it engages the brain in ways that are pleasurable. Some of the ways we do this are: make-it-yourself math games then playing those games, new and interesting activities with magnets, and fun pages with logic and search activities. Thus, fear and panic are replaced with an expectation of having fun. Also, each day of games and activities introduces new math skills one at a time, enabling children to feel like math is something they CAN do, and CAN succeed at. Students become less resistant and more willing to learn math.
Next, Math Craft engages different parts of the brain. For most of us, math and quantity are performed in the visual cortex of the brain. The blindfolded activities with their homemade meg-nuts get the student using a variety of senses as they count and do grouping and pattern activities. Touch, movement, weight, sound, the cold of the steel work together to engage different areas of the brain.
Then as they play the games using the heavy little magnetic game pieces, their senses will build on the new approach to quantity. The abacus builds on this too.