Why Specific Sequence is Important When Teaching Maths

By Jasmine

Maths Teachers, Sequence, Teaching Tips

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Are you struggling with your student?

At the beginning of a student’s math education, we focus on their learning of the fundamentals.  From numbers to counting, to addition and subtraction, we go in order. However as students’ progress through school, we place less emphasis on sequence. For instance, order of operations is essential to learning Algebra. However, we too often introduce the concept, then proceed full steam ahead before understanding if it has been mastered.  Learning things in this manner cause problem as lessons become more advanced.

Think of it like building a house.  If your foundation is shaky but you continue building, the house may eventually collapse.

How does proper sequencing work?

Can you remember learning how to swim?  How were you taught? Did they just throw you into to water and tell you to go for it? Or were you taught how to control your breath underwater, float, the mechanics of moving your body through the water?  While it is possible to figure out how to swim using the “sink or swim” method, it is more likely you would be successful if you taught step by step. Sequence is important when learning anything new, especially maths.

The key to successful teaching in sequential order is understanding your student’s pace. While it may take them days to learn one topic, another may take weeks. If the student is taking longer to learn, it can be tempting to rush them. Don’t. It is better to take the time now and set them up for success later. One should not be compromised for the other. Sequential learning and pace go hand in hand.

Tips for Teaching using Specific Sequence

  1. Ask your kids if they feel comfortable with the speed at which the math is being taught. Take additional time to focus on foundational concepts that they struggle with to help them master the material.
  2. Frequently review previously learned math skills with your children — if your children are learning basic multiplication, review addition with them to make sure they have mastered it.
  3. Pay attention if your children seem continually frustrated with learning math — frustration is often a sign that they have not mastered previous material and that is interfering with new learning. Learning math in sequence and at an individualised pace is absolutely crucial for success in learning.

Getting some help might be the answer

Sometimes you just need a little more support when tackling the job of being a mum and a teacher for your kids (especially if you've had no prior experience!)

Even thought the Math-U-See lessons are easy to use, its helpful having a few more methods to use and ways to teach your child maths. 

We've just released online and in-person Trainings, because of the many requests from parents and teachers alike who wanted just a bit more help when teaching multisensory maths.


These Online Trainings support you to teach in a multi-sensory way and give you the tools and resources to confidently teach maths at home.

Multisensory learning gives students an opportunity to understand maths concepts in a more concrete way, and they will be able to master topics (from basic addition all the way through to algebra) and move forward confidently.

As parents, we understand how difficult it can be to teach maths to your kids (especially if you flunked maths class at school) so we're here to help!

If you have any questions you can contact us directly here.


The Team at Maths Australia

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