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This review is from: The Dyscalculia Toolkit: Supporting Learning Difficulties in Maths (Paperback)
The Dyscalculia Toolkit is filled to the brim with activities to support basic numeracy for elementary ed children.
The book covers basic math skills like division, subtraction, multiplication and addition using concrete manipulatives. Concrete manipulatives are an excellent approach for teaching basic math concepts to all children. The book contains no fraction or decimal work of any kind.
I like this book because it provides activities to teach basic numeracy using games, dominoes, and Cuisenaire rods. The book comes with a CD that you can use to print off all the necessary material. Activities also cover a mental math technique called bridging. This technique teaches how to add and subtract using a number line. The subtraction method is also known as complementary addition. Other mental math activities include review of the area model of multiplication, rod activities that emphasize the relationship between multiplication and division, alternative written methods for column addition, and addition by partitioning numbers. There are too many activities to mention in detail.
I don't agree overall with the author's abstract approach to the area model of division, so use a method called the partial quotient method for long division with my son. I simply don't like the method but it may work very well with other individuals.
I recommend that you purchase Bird's other book Overcoming Difficulties with Number first. It covers all of same info but seems geared towards my 5th grader. If you feel like you need more work, then purchase this book. This book has been a great resource for helping my son; however, I feel like we could have probably lived without it.
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Initial post: Jul 25, 2014 7:18:10 AM PDT
Queen of the Lilies says:
Thank you for your review. I'm looking for something for my 8 yr old (2nd grade) with LD who is having difficulty with number basics. Overcoming Difficulties with Numbers says ages 9-16. Since you've used them both, which of these would you recommend for our level?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2014 12:35:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2014 1:54:41 PM PST
Ronit Bird has a website and is now selling downloadable e-books for the Ipad that provide basic subitizing activities using dominoes. If your child struggles with basic addition and subtraction facts, you may want to start with her domino e-book. The e-books are cheaper and very thorough (or so a friend tells me).
Maybe, email Ronit Bird directly and ask her about which book to use first. I e-mailed her a question recently and she was very helpful. Just so that know, she lives and works in England.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2015 7:00:02 AM PDT
Did you find something for your 8 year old? I'm in the same place looking for something for my 7 1/2 year old.
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