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    Math and Special Education Blog

    Why use games in the classroom?

    playing math gamesI loved playing games as a kid. Candy Land, Battleship, Scrabble, and Uno were among my favorites. If asked as a child, I wouldn’t have described these games as “educational.” They were fun, an escape from learning, the antithesis of the facts and figures and numbers you memorize in school. Yet, if we take a closer look at many children’s games, we’ll find that they’re actually quite complex learning environments that develop a variety of important problem solving, social, and emotional skills. These are the same skills we try to impart to our students every day!

    Keep reading to find out how games promote learning!

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    Find out what your child will learn in the next grade and how you can support their learning at home!

    Getting ready for schoolSoon your child will be starting a new school year and entering the next grade. Along with meeting new friends and teachers, your child will be exposed to new, challenging reading, writing, and math content. You, the parent, play a huge role in your child’s academic success. One way you can support your child is by knowing what they are learning in school and reinforcing that knowledge at home. Not only does this help your child do well in the classroom, it also helps you communicate better with your child’s teacher.

    Read more to find out what your child will learn in the next grade and how you can support their learning at home!

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    What's so hard about learning to count?

    Why is counting important?

    learning to count

    Counting is the basis for many different math concepts, including computation, place value, estimation, and understanding fractions and decimals. Developing strong counting skills will build a solid foundation for mastering concepts in the later grades. 

    Keep reading to find out why counting is so tricky!

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    10 Ways to Make Summer Meaningful

    Summer Learning Loss

    According to the National Summer Learning Association, most children lose up to 2 months of math skills over the summer. Many students test more poorly at the end of the summer than the beginning, demonstrating a loss of learning. This cumulative effect impacts their academic success year after year. Each September, teachers spend precious classroom time reviewing last year's concepts, which gives them less time to teach grade-appropriate material. 

    This loss of learning is easily preventable. While children should enjoy their summer vacations and spend plenty of time resting after a long school year, they can also keep their math skills intact. There are many fun ways to practice math at home over the summer. 

    Fun Math Activities

    Keep reading to learn 10 ideas to fill the summer with fun, meaningful math activities!

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    Dyscalculia: Your Questions, Answered

    What is dyscalculia?

    In an earlier post, we discussed a bit about dyscalculia and shared a handy infographic. Since we're passionate about math difficulties here at Luminous Learning, we'd love to continue the conversation. So you've heard of dyslexia, but what is this dyscalculia, you ask? Think of it as the dyslexia of math. Not an exact comparison, but just like dyslexia is difficulty with reading, dyscalculia is difficulty with math. The bad news? Dyscalculia hasn't been researched nearly as much as dyslexia, so there's still a great deal we don't know about how the brain understands mathematics. The good news? It's a growing field and new research, interventions, and ideas about dyscalculia are being developed every year. 

    Keep reading to learn more about the causes and symptoms of dyscalculia, along with a resource guide!

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