Mathematics without Restrictions

I teach mathematics to students who have learning difficulties such as Autism and Dyslexia. For them, writing and answering worksheet questions can be difficult. Boom Learning is a great tool for them to have a go at showing their mathematical abilities without being restricted by the difficulties of using a pen.

Rebekah Bullen, LittleStreams

We frequently remind our older children that they once struggled during the early days of reading. Now, reading is a breeze and they have amazing worlds to explore.

Likewise there is an amazing world that will be theirs in mathematics. We share with our children, as much as they can understand, the worlds of statistics and combinatorics, proofs and probability, geometry and logic. And then we remind them that to get there they must put in the work of learning their math ABCs (or 123s).

The Importance of Sound Fundamentals (Second to Middle School)

Rebekah Bullen is a private tutor who teaches mathematics to students with learning differences. Her LittleStreams store is full of elementary through middle school resources for teaching sound fundamentals. We like how she has made innovative use of the text box element to make her products touch focused for her students.

Find the factors for a given number task cards.
Students use touch or click to identify all the factors of a number.

She says her students “love getting immediate feedback on their answers, and love working on the iPad for part of the lesson.”

Getting the Littlest Littles Started Off Right (Pre-K to 2)

“Four, five and six-year-old children are naturally curious and they learn by seeing, hearing, and touching” says Cheryl Litton. “I loved teaching 3D shapes / geometric solids to kindergarteners.” To teach 3D shapes Mrs. Litton would have children compare real world objects to the wooden geometric solids. She and the children would discuss the attributes of each real world object and classify the objects according to shape. She created her Matching 3D Shapes to Real World Objects for children reviewing their knowledge.

match 3D shapes to real world objects
Students match familiar real life objects to the 3D shapes they have been learning.

What other ways should the littlest little play with math? Any way that builds number sense. Catia Dias teaches subitizing. This snap recognition of values within a 10 based system aids mental math development and math fact fluency. With Boom Learning’s teacher dashboard you can see whether the child is subitizing (make flash decisions about quantities) or counting (slow decisions).

When subitizing, students should select their answer quickly and without counting.
When subitizing, students should select their answer quickly and without counting.

You can find more materials for early mathematics in the Boom Learning store. We suggest you search on “number sense” as a starting point.

Addition and Multiplication Facts

Love them or hate them, math facts are the foundation for success in higher mathematics courses. Mastery of facts can be tedious, progress slow, and repetition is essential. Our experience with digital natives is that variety matters. Thank goodness for the variety available on Boom Learning. Check our Featured page for a sampling.

We especially like how Surfing to Success, by Mercedes Hutchens, has children apply their facts to regrouping.

Two Digit Multiplication Practice
Students fill in each box. They can’t move to the next question until they find their mistakes and complete the two digit multiplication.

Problem Solving and Higher Order Thinking

“Problem solving is a huge part of an elementary curriculum. It is important that students learn the various problem types, adding to taking from, putting together, taking apart, comparing unknowns, and part, part, whole.”

-Cheryl Litton, Learning Harbor Resources for Teachers

You can find Word Problems teaching resources from a variety of authors on Boom Learning. For the older elementary student, introduce the concepts of Logic. For students in middle to high school, you can find Algebra, Calculus, Trig, and Geometry practice for your students. Try this search for a sampling.

 

 

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