For many parents, even the prospect of helping kids with math homework fills them with dread. Because at the opposite end of math competitions and Mensa clubs lies mathematical anxiety, a very real phenomenon.
When it comes to students in any given classroom, one size doesn’t fit all. Every student has different learning styles and sensory needs, which can be challenging for educators to create an environment that is conducive to learning for each and every child. While barriers to learning may be more blatantly obvious for students with learning differences, there are many other students who would benefit from a more universal design for learning.
A self-regulating mechanism (SRM) is in place (or it’s not) every time we face a challenging situation. Take the annoying -- or utterly frustrating -- experience of being stuck in traffic.
Here is the awesome thing about playtime--your kids are continuously learning as they explore. Playtime for our youngsters is their school time. It’s their chance to be creative, discover, experiment and problem solve. As a speech-language pathologist, I am often asked what parents can do to enhance a child’s learning during playtime.
With just a smidgen of creativity, most games can become useful tools to help a child grasp a difficult concept. Games can be used to help teach math, English, geography, and other subjects. Ninety-nine or Bust is a math game in which basic skills are repeatedly used. Deer in the Headlights is a regular game where cards are discarded but this game can be easily converted into a math game. Buying games like these do not have to cost a fortune.