Comprehensive Online Math Intervention for K-8
- Is your child falling behind in math?
- Are math facts elusive?
- Have you tried free programs but they have not helped?
Math is often the first real challenge to a child’s language and learning skills since it deals in the abstract, not tangible things your child can point to or touch. If there are more deep-seated learning issues at play, occasional online math exercises won’t be enough. You need a math intervention that:
- Targets the underlying cognitive causes of the math difficulty, and
- Math curriculum presented in a way that helps your child get math.
That is how our Math Program works.
Fast ForWord and BrainWare Safari software which tackle the processing, working memory and sequencing skill gaps that can hold math back. Reflex Math for math facts. And Dreambox for self-paced and multi-dimensional K-8 math curriculum.
Dyscalculia Is Not A Condition
Like dyslexia, dyscalculia — difficulty in learning or comprehending numbers or math facts — is not a condition or affliction. It is an educational description of a difficulty with math. In many cases, there will be a better description of children who struggle with arithmetic and mathematic concepts, such as a learning issue such as auditory processing disorder, spatial reasoning delays or working memory dysfunction. But sometimes the source of math difficulty is unexplained, and so the dyscalculia label comes out.
As an example, it should not be surprising that one quarter of children with dyscalculia also have ADHD. Furthermore, there is a comorbidity of dyslexia with dyscalculia. Both are caused by cognitive delays.
The most thorough and lasting way to help dyscalculia is with an intensive online math intervention protocol. Only with a multi-pronged approach can you expect to help your child to “get” math with a cognitive foundation than leads to longer-term math proficiency and dexterity. This is the Gemm Learning approach and philosophy.
Our One-Two-Three Punch To Help Math
Our online math intervention draws from a range of learning and math software programs that we know and trust. It tackles math from three directions:
- Target deep-seated learning issues to make math easier
- Self-paced instruction to fill in math skill gaps and then get ahead
- Strengthen math facts when needed
Target Underlying Impediments To Math Progress
Did you know that there are 41 different cognitive skills involved in learning, ranging from attention, visual and auditory processing to working memory and thinking skills? While many of them have an impact on math, four stand out:
- Working memory — being able to hold the problem in mind while solving it is a critical math skill
- Sequencing — the order and logic of numbers is much harder if sequencing skills are not there
- Auditory processing — you have to be able to understand the teacher to benefit from math instruction
- Sustained attention – math can be complex, you have to be able to focus to learn it
If your child is struggling math, look at the cognitive skills first. Are you seeing symptoms of a cognitive skill gap in other aspects of your child’s life? Oftentimes, the fastest and most enduring way to help your child with math is the treat these cognitive skill gaps.
The brain is plastic — it will respond to exercise, meaning the cognitive skills required for math can be nurtured and improved in just a few months, just like physical muscle. We will draw from a range of cognitive and learning exercises to improve underlying math abilities using cognitive software programs, Fast ForWord and BrainWare Safari.
This cognitive training is the secret sauce of our online math intervention. It’s not only the part of the program that is unlike any other math software, it is also likely to be the difference-maker for your child long-term. Its is our hope that improvements in your child’s cognitive abilities from our software will help all aspects of your child’s learning, not just math, for years to come.
Adaptive Math Curriculum That Connects With Different Learning Styles
Parallel to this is math curriculum using Dreambox, adaptive online exercises that use a range of visual and multi-faceted techniques to connect with the different learning styles of children. Dreambox is research-validated and organized by grade — it teaches and trains math principles at your child’s own pace.
If your child is struggling with math fact fluency, we have a specialized program that focus just on that all important skill, called Reflex.
The Foundational Skill Is Numeracy
The core to “getting” math is numeracy, ‘mathematical literacy.’ Numeracy is the ability to reason with numbers. Many children struggle with math because they never really “get” numbers. Numeracy requires the ability to process numbers, to see the patterns and recognize the logic in what is being taught, which in turn requires:
- Working memory (ability to hold and manipulate numbers)
- Auditory processing (needed in class)
- Visual processing (needed for most math concepts)
- Reasoning and logical thinking
Each math skill presents a different set of challenges for your child. Based on your child’s cognitive makeup some are easier than others. For instance, children who are “visual learners” tend to do better in geometry, but struggle with algebra where the complex teacher explanations are hard to comprehend.
In addition to building cognitive skills, our programs also present the curriculum using a range of looks and techniques aimed at connecting with a range of different children with different learning styles, at the child’s own pace.
Online Math Intervention Logistics
We only offer our curriculum-aligned and math fact software as part of a larger intervention aimed to improve all learning. It is our belief that until cognitive skills are improved, math progress will be fitful. Regardless of how good the math software might be.
Therefore Gemm Learning professionals design individual protocols, most often starting with 30 minutes of cognitive software and 20 minutes of math instruction. From there, depending on your goals, we will introduce more math intensity.
At Home With Remote Guidance
We monitor and manage your child’s protocols every day. It is only with level of oversight and intensity can you be sure your child is:
- Working on appropriate exercises that will help, and
- Staying on task to get the rewards for the effort
Some free and/or unsupervised online exercises are quite good, but math is complex. Without supervision it is easy to go off track or waste time on work that’s too easy or too hard. Our online math intervention has a number of complex exercises and steps that require this kind of oversight. Our teachers make sure your child is not only working on appropriate material but also getting the most out of each session.
Cautionary Note On Our Math Outcomes
Although we are encouraged by the results our families report to us, we do not claim equal outcomes for all math students. Partly because of the complexity in measuring true math proficiency we do not provide math pre- and post-assessments. Instead, we infer math gains as students progress up through our exercises, which unfold with escalating levels of difficulty. This progress in mastery is displayed within the programs and is available to parents.