my ds is in second class and is having a bit of trouble in maths. I have asked his teacher to recommend a workbook I can buy and work with him at home. I'm waiting for her to get back to me but I really want to get started. His maths book at school is Action Maths, can anyone recommend a good workbook for this age or are your kids using a different book in 2nd class??
Marks & Spencers do a great English, Science & Maths work book for different ages. It might be helpful to him to do something that isn't obviously 'curriculum' based as a different approach might switch on a light for him, IYKWIM? You could also look at this site:
if you want him to just practice then maybe mental maths or maths challenge for 2nd would help, they offer the short sums that should be able to do in their head (or near enough). There are also things like maths dominos/bingo that might help reinforce key facts. Or you could buy another maths text book for second class and go through that with him as he is doing a particular concept, do the parallel book, Mathemagic 2 is what I have used with 2nd class.
Is there a particular area he is having difficulty with?
Both DD and DS are working out of a maths book called Figure it Out, which are numbered to correspond with whatever class they`re in. My DS had terrible problems with Maths too and the teacher suggested doing the book below with him, he was in 4th class but doing 3rd class maths. It built up his confidence and he gradually caught up with his class, he is in 6th class now and doing ok with 6th class maths. I always had a tables book for him as well so that he never felt stuck and in time he didn`t have to look up the answers. HTH
If you google around there are some good 'Maths is fun' sites? DD had the same problem and found lots of maths games online.
Thanks for the replies, some great advice and tips. I'm not really sure yet what area in maths he's having problems. My ds just told me he was sitting at the table for maths that the teacher gives extra help too. I think I caught his teacher a bit off guard when I asked her about him in the yard at collection time because she couldn't really tell me what he was struggling with. Hopefully when she gets back to me I will know what area to focus on.
I'd be hesitant to give him extra work, or give him any work that would put him under pressure.
Not sure what I'd think of the teacher who doesn't really know the area the child is poor at, I'd be thinking she moved him for his speed rather than ability (basing it on the way you've written your op)?
I'd certainly be asking to meet with her and ask where his problems lie.
I personally wouldn't give a thought to the fact that she couldn't tell you there and then where he was experiencing difficulty. When you've 20+ children in the class it can be hard to keep them all to the forefront of your mind all the time. Honestly, there are days when if someone asked if "so and so" from my class is in school today, I'd have to think for a few seconds.
Children experiencing difficulty in maths usually have problems with number ("Doh!" I hear you say, but I mean as in opposed to measures / shapes etc). This problem generally lies with the way they 'see' and use number. Many haven't got a solid concept of number and are learning how to do the operations (+, -) by rote with no real understanding of them.
Stay away from workbooks. Drilling in written work will not aid his understanding and (no offence ) but you might just end up confusing him.
Focus instead on mental maths.
Get him practising backwards and forwards counting from various numbers.
Practise saying what numbers come before / after specific numbers.
Count in 2s, 5s
Counting in 10s and 100s is important too and not just 10, 20, 30 but 3, 13, 23 / 56, 66, 76 or 34, 134, 234 (it's important you do this with objects he can see if he doesn't understand it at first)
Bundle objects (pennies, sweets, marbles - whatever you have loads of!) into tens and ones
Add and subtract numbers within 20 mentally - give him little scenarios to work out, "I have 6 buns, I baked 10 more, how many have I left?" ... and so on.
Most of these can be done while on the run, in the car or while you're stirring the gravy. Make them fun, (counting in 2s while hopping on one foot / bouncing on the trampoline etc ...), whatever you do, don't make it a chore!
As others have mentioned, there are some great 'fun' maths websites out there. Just google 'online maths games for children'
The one my dd teacher recommended Sum Detective by Folens.
Very good fun and she learn alot on the way.
Would agree with those who suggested New Wave Mental Maths or Figure It Out.
Edited to add:
I just say musicmad's post - this is a much better suggestion!
Traditionally Figure it Out mathsbooks are more difficult than other mathsbooks - I use them for additional activities for the more able children in my class.
I find Figure it Out good too.
They have a lot of work / page so if you want samples of the actual problems he is having trouble with you'll have loads in there.
I wouldnt be inclined to drill him too much either (they work hard enough in school and usually have enough homework) but there is defintely no harm in doing 10/15 extra minutes here and there with him if he is having problems.
Often those few mintues one to one is all that is needed to help make it click.
Sorry in advance, for any mistakes,am on phone.
My ds 1 has had maths problems since he started school. Hrs in 6th class now and has been attending learning support since 1st or 2nd class.
What the learning support does is teach him a more simpler way if getting around the sum. Ds has problems with the concept of the maths, our the logical way of doing it.
Set up a meeting with the teacher so you can both fully discuss what his problems are and how they can be solved. She can do a simple test with him that covers all areas of the math he should know that will help more in understanding exactly whee his particular problems are
Sorry for the late update my ds teacher has been out sick and I've been waiting on her to get back to me. My ds came home from school and said his teacher said he could sit at another desk for maths, he didn't need to be at the table that needed help (his words I'm sure she phrased it differently). My ds told me he'd missed a test when he was out sick and the teacher seated the kids based on this test. She'd put him on that table until she found a spot for him but forgot so he was just left sitting there.
My ds is happy he's been moved I think he was feeling he wasn't good at maths because of his seat It didn't bother me where he was sitting I was just worried he was having problems and wanted to make sure he wasn't falling behind.
Thanks for the replies.