Math Craft - Make Your Own Number Games - Dyscalculia Games A-3
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Focus on Subtraction - For Children who count on their fingers and struggle with basic math and memory skills.
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 actually 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 “mag-nuts” game pieces 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 . . . 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.