How to Teach Math to Children with Learning Challenges Description
Children with learning challenges must truly understand in order to remember. Their brains tend to store information in pictures, not words. The traditional approach of teaching mathematics using heavy doses of counting, flash cards, and rote memorizing does not work for them. Learn ways to minimize counting and concentrate on place value, strategies to teach math with visual pictures, and techniques for mastering the four operations.
Kathleen Cotter Lawler is the daughter of Dr. Joan A. Cotter, author and creator of the RightStart™ Mathematics program. She is one of the first children to grow up under the RightStart principles. Kathleen has a degree in Home Economics from the University of Minnesota and has two Masters Degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. Kathleen is the mother of four children ages 21 to 25. Three of the Lawler children have graduated from North Dakota State University and the youngest is a senior at the University of Minnesota.
Kathleen travels all across the US and Canada, sharing the RightStart mission of helping children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. In her spare time, Kathleen designs and creates quilts.
Deficits and Learning Challenges….Attentive, Cognitive and Theoretical Description
One of the greatest advantages of home education is the ability to tailor a course of learning to each student’s special needs. We have gotten very good at giving names to difficulties children face, but does our approach and understanding of learning challenges truly make sense? Having raised two children with learning challenges, it has become clearer to me how wrongly we looked at child rearing when I was a child and how we are still wrong, just in a different way, now. This discussion is meant to give encouragement to parents of children with challenges, to inspire parent educators to look at their children’s struggles in new ways and by so doing, create both a more harmonious and more successful home education experience.
Thomas Morrow is President of Wave 3 Learning, Inc. He has been involved with the Home Education community since 1999 and the Home Education curriculum community for 12 years. He is a specialist in Linguistics who speaks, reads and writes three languages. His passion is for children’s acquisition of language, especially orthography, vocabulary and usage.