Q: My young child is struggling with basic math. She has no trouble with letters and reading, but math just isn’t clicking yet. Her teacher doesn’t think my daughter has a learning disability, but just needs more time and practice. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions on this?
A: It is not unusual for children to develop math and literacy skills at different rates. It is just how our different brains work! True, huge discrepancies in development can be an indicator of a potential learning challenge, but it sounds like your daughter simply needs practice and time. Easily done!
Math is much like a sport. It must be practiced, practiced, and then practiced some more. This sounds like a lot of work and it is, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. Skip the skill and drill workbooks and grab Continue reading
Side note: a deck of playing cards is one of the best “toy” investments you can make. They are easy to transport, can be played with just about anywhere, are easy to store, and can be used with just about any age. They reinforce brain development, don’t cost a fortune, and provide fun rather than work.
If your child has never played with cards before, make sure you allow her free exploration time with the deck of cards. Let her sort, stack, and freely explore. You may be surprised by the connections she makes independently. Sorting by suits, ordering by numerals, matching numbers- these are forms of math!
Once she has had an opportunity to explore the deck, then it is time to begin some games. Of course “Go Fish”, “Crazy 8s”, and “Concentration” are all great card games, but there are some teacher invented card games that focus specifically on math skill development. Growing the Whole Child’s next post will explain several of these games.
Get your cards ready!