Post Date: 8th Sep, 2006 - 5:22pm
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It is interesting that they say children with ADD/ADHD have problems with Math in general. My son Felipe whom I homeschooled is very good at Math (He is happy to do anything but write words or sentences! rolleyes ) If you are having problems teaching your child Math, here are some good info on it:
In the area of math, make sure the child understands math symbols as well as the numbers. If a child doesn't understand the symbols used in math, he won't be able to do the work. For example, what do you have to know to add 2 plus 3 minus 1? "Plus." Does he understand that plus means to add more? Now you've added 2 more; you have 4. That's a new number. Minus 1. Does he know that minus means take away? Then you have an equal sign. All of what I've just done equals what? This isn't a simple problem, but a sequence of numbers and symbols and concepts that the child has to understand, and if he doesn't understand each of these things he won't be able to do the math.
Try to identify the "Weak link" In the chain of math skills. As math advances, he will have to carry out more complex sequences. In long division you need to divide, multiply and subtract, as well as carry numbers. Any one portion that is not understood will prevent him from being able to gain the skill, so try to find the place where he is having trouble and work on that weak link. (In his workshops on helping children with learning disabilities, Dr. John Taylor has a cute saying that helps children remember the steps they need to use for long division. The first initials for "Divide, multiply, subtract and check" Become: "Does Mother Serve Cheeseburgers?"
Some children who have difficulty doing math problems understand all the symbols and have the needed skills, but they can't keep the columns of numbers neatly lined up, so they add and subtract the wrong numbers. Graph paper may be helpful, but it can be hard on the teacher who has to check the work. There's a much easier solution that I like to share with the teachers in my course.
Take a sheet of lined paper and turn it on its side, so the lines are vertical instead of horizontal. Write an addition problem so that each number is in its own space. The lines will keep the columns of numbers in a row, and they can then be added up. This is easier for a teacher to read, and doesn't require special paper. What difference does it make if the paper is held sideways? The important thing is for the child to learn the math.
Underline the actions in a math problem; ignore the words, and you can then turn it into a math problem.
Movement games are a good way to teach numbers. For example, `'Every second child move left."
Post Date: 8th Oct, 2008 - 3:32pm
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Hey ana, seeing as I have ADD, maybe I can help. I have problems with math too. I used to fail tests a lot too. But I can tell you this, it's not that she doesn't understand it, not that she didn't try, but whenever I have to do repetitive logical processes, it is very boring, and the fact that I have to do the boring thing is kinda like someone telling me how disgusting of a person I am. It is depressing. I don't know if this will work for her, because I love music but, I have sometimes tried to make up songs using the numbers on my tests by using the first number as a note, and the second as how many beats. Ex. 48, 4-would be a B flat, then you hold it for 8 counts. and I dink around sometimes like, the days date is the speed of the beat. like today's date is 10/08 so it would be at 108 beats per minute. Then once you have found the right numbers it can sound right. But that is just how I do it, and it may not help you as much. But maybe there are other solutions around this idea?