Math Programs

# A Guided Math Intervention at Home

## Math Can Be Easier!

Our program uses groundbreaking **learning through exploration **exercises — aligned to state and common core standards — to help children truly “get” math — number dexterity and math fact automaticity. This is the pathway to confidence in math.

Gemm Math is a **standalone program **or an **add-on** to a reading or learning protocol.

### Why Gemm Math?

- For many children, every new math concept is a new mystery and instruction in class is not enough
- Difficulty with math facts often gets in the way

Many children limp from one math subject to the next, none mastered nor truly understood, each new topic a struggle. Following the teacher in class is not always easy. If your child does not know why a particular math method works, she has learned nothing that will help with the next math topic.

There’s a better way.

**Math Confidence Requires True Understanding**

Gemm Learning is excited to be part of a major new movement in math learning, offering:

- DreamBox – numeracy and deep understanding, aligned to K-8 standards
- Reflex – adaptive math fact mastery for grades 2+

Our coach-guided home math service uses programs that are enjoying **extraordinary success** in North American schools right now, serving nearly 3 million students.

These programs represent a revolution, a focus on numeracy and true math understanding which not only boosts math scores and reduces frustration, it also accelerates future math learning by building true understanding and math confidence.

### How It Works

Gemm Math features **grade-appropriate curriculum** and **math facts** software that relies on three powerful devices:

**Learn Through Discovery**

This is the secret sauce. The software does not instruct, but rather provides opportunities for a student to explore, interact with numbers, recognize math problems and figure out solutions. This is “just in time” learning (figuring it out, then applying it right away) versus instruction which is “just in case” (learn the method, just in case you need it for a test later).

Learning through exploration creates true understanding, because it requires an understanding of the mathematical problem first. It takes longer, because there is a lot of trial and error, but once learned, it sticks — it builds “numeracy,” math dexterity. This is in contrast to learning to solve a calculus equation without ever understanding the problem it solves.

**Visual Presentation**

Many Gemm Learning children have auditory processing or working memory delays that make following the teacher in class a challenge, especially for math where concepts take a while to explain.

Our programs, DreamBox and Reflex, are both entirely visual, there is no verbal instruction.

**Adaptive Exercises**

Across a class, children are at very different levels. For many, each day in class is a complete waste as the instruction is either beyond them or too easy.

Our software is adaptive, it works at the student’s level. It is always trying to push ahead, but adapts to every click, keeping students in their learning sweet spot. DreamBox also uses a range of visual and multi-faceted techniques to connect with the different learning styles of children.

**Live Monitoring & Guidance**

We monitor and manage your child’s protocols every day to make sure your child is:

- Working on appropriate exercises that will help
- Staying on task to get the rewards for the effort
- Helping you manage the inevitable challenges of a home program

Without supervision it is easy to go off track or waste time on work that’s too easy or too hard. 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.