How can I help with times tables and maths?...
How can I help with maths?
Some children have an unusual and persistent difficulty in grasping numbers and number work. This specific learning difficulty is called ‘dyscalculia’. It can occur with or without dyslexia. For more information regarding maths learning difficulties and dyscalculia click here.
Some dyslexic children may be gifted in the more complicated areas of maths, but struggle to learn the ‘basics’, including:
• making sense of words used such as ‘add’ and ‘sum’ or ‘multiply’ and ‘times’;
• mixing up mathematical symbols and decimal points;
• converting fractions to decimals or percentages;
• getting lost in the middle of calculations;
• getting numbers jumbled up or back to front;
• having problems with telling the time;
• misinterpreting graphs and charts;
• learning times tables off by heart.
For more information about Maths difficulties, the British Dyslexia Association has published Maths Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia by Steve Chinn. He has used his extensive experience to describe successful approaches and practices that will help children succeed in mathematics.
Click here for more details.
Here are some strategies for learning times tables that might help you help your child: We know plenty of children who have never mastered their times tables but managed to gain good marks at maths GCSE. Times tables are a learning exercise and if you cannot remember them it does not necessarily mean your child will not succeed in maths.
Use a song format of the times tables to play in the car.
Learn just the main number facts. For example: 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5 etc. Then work out any others when they are needed using this as base.
Put the table and the answers on cards and get the children to match up, play pairs or bingo.
There are lots of useful downloads for flash cards and posters at www.activityvillage.co.uk
The BBC Bitesize site has many useful resources for maths. Click here to search for the maths topic.
We have put some fun tips and ideas for learning these on the ‘For Children’ section.
Harry’s magic tables was written by a mum to help her son with his tables using rhymes and pictures. You can buy it on amazon or download on kindle or tablet. Click here to find out more.
Jacqui a dyslexia specialist at ‘A New Way’ has kindly shared with us her ‘visual array’ method of learning tables. To see examples click here
Dragon box has some apps that have been recommended to us that 'make algebra feel like a game' Click here to read more.
The Happy Maths Apps uses rhymes and visual prompts, Maths Rock sets the tables to modern pop songs and are parent recommended