Does Your Student Need a Maths Break?

By Jasmine

Homeschooling, Maths Games, Maths Resources

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Learning is a life-long journey. While Maths in an integral part of that journey, it can be overwhelming at times. Have you noticed that your student is having a more difficult time recently? Do they seem to be struggling with a specific concept? Are you considering taking a step back to review previously learned material? Is it possible that your student is simply going through a rough patch with homeschooling? If you’ve answered yes to one or more of the above questions, your student may need a “time-out” from Maths.

What does it mean to take a “Time-Out” from Maths?

A “time out” from Maths is simply taking a break from the curriculum to re-assess your student’s needs. Does this mean that you withdraw from all things Maths? In some instances, yes it does.

In other instances, taking a time-out allows both you and the student an opportunity to reconnect with maths. It is an opportunity to get creative in your approach and hopefully making the learning process less painful. The goal is to find the most beneficial way for everyone to move forward.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

Playtime: Try out Maths Games

  • Thinkfun Math Dice®
  • Prime Climb by Math for Love
  • Head Full of Numbers by Learning Resources
  • Monopoly by Hasbro
  • CASHFLOW by The Rich Dad Company
  • Tenzi Dice Game by Tenzi
  • Farkle by Legendary Games

Review: Using these Maths Resources*

  • Verbal Math Lessons Vol. 1, 2 and 3
  • Verbal Fractions
  • Verbal Percents

*by Michael Levin and Charan Langton

Read: Storytime with Maths based literature

  • Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem Solving
  • The Grapes of Math: Mind-Stretching Math Riddles
  • Math Potatoes: Mind-Stretching Brain Food

Take a break from the curriculum and allow your student time to deal with their anxiety.  Before resuming your regular lessons, try incorporating the ideas above and ease them back into their routine.  Pay attention to your student and gage their behavior as to when to transition back to the original curriculum.

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