Math Games will build and strengthen number sense, math fluency, math vocabulary, and problem-solving strategies. Students who need to master basic number sense skills, those who rely on procedural understanding (steps to do a problem) without a conceptual understanding (why you do the problem-solving steps and how to problem solve) would benefit the most from this program. Also, students who do not remember the steps in problem-solving or have trouble with math facts would benefit greatly from Math Games!
- Level 1 – Basic Operations – offers addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and how to learn math facts fast.
- Level 2 – Math involving fractions, decimals, percent, and review of multiplication facts.
Classes from the Thinking and Learning Center are based on a therapy model of intervention. Class size is very small, up to six students. Higher-level thinking skills will be developed and supported in this interactive, small-group intervention that covers research-based reading or math instruction while mediation, Socratic questioning, and strengthening of cognitive functions will serve as the core methodology. Reading or math activities will be utilized as the core content in this dynamic intervention and students’ foundational reading or math concepts will be strengthened while their thinking, reading, language, math, and/or problem solving skills will be challenged, all within an atmosphere where anxiety is reduced and thinking is maximized.
How are our Math Games Classes different than Math Tutoring?
Tutoring is form of reteaching or breaking down learning into smaller steps to help someone who struggles. Educational therapy goes beyond that, looking at learning in a three part process:
- 1. Information gathering
- 2. Thinking through information
- 3. Delivering or expressing the information.
This shows exactly where the breakdown occurs and what thought processes are used or underutilized while also looking at the output and if there is breakdown in delivering the information learned. Socratic questioning helps the teacher discover these breakdowns and guides the student through overcoming. Each game or activity uses different cognitive functions and has different levels. The classes are formatted as a cooperative environment where students see how other kids process the information and discuss how we think through games and questions. Students quickly learn that sometimes they see the information the same as another student and when they don’t it’s a learning experience. The classroom is a safe place to discuss how they think through information. The end result helps students to see how they learn and through the discussions they learn how to learn.
Math Games Levels I and II is taught by Amy Vickrey. A homeschool Mom you can trust with professional training you can count on!