TIPS: HOW TO CREATE ACADEMIC SUCCESS April 01 2014, 0 Comments

The Neurodevelopmental Approach to academics takes the stress out of academic performance (output) by providing lots of information (input).  Have you ever noticed that when you go to check on a child 10-15 minutes after sending him off to do his math, that he is staring off into space or doodling on his paper? The intensity in this situation is GONE! It takes intensity to get the brain to recognize the importance of information and store it permanently. Here's a couple of tips to help you!  

Tip #1: Do not send your child into another room to do an entire page of math on his own! Those pages may contain concepts that may not be permanently stored in her brain. The struggle to remember information that has not been visited often enough, and that in kind kills the motivation and enjoyment of learning! Take the stress, frustration (your and his/hers) and tears out of your child's math sessions by spending just 10 to 15 minutes on math, twice a day, but the difference is, you do it with them! Just think about it, you have spent that much time in the past just trying to get her back on track, right? Instead of coaxing her to do something she is not ready for, do every other problem for her while she watches. When there is a new concept, you will do three problems, and then the child will do one similar problem. Repeat this, doing three then she does one for all the problems representing this new concept. Once the child understands a concept, you can gradually work back to doing one problem and then the child does one similar problem. On all previously learned concepts you share the assignment 50/50. Math gets done quicklywith great input, input, input! Math struggles are then a thing of the past. 

Tip #2: There is a big difference between understanding math operations and the rote memory of math facts. Understanding math operations is comprehending what is happening with "I add. I am putting objects together"; "oh some go away when "I subtract"; "multiplying means groups with the same number of things" and "division is dividing things up into in equal groups". Children that really know their math facts enjoy math more instead of relying on time consuming process of counting in the air or on their fingers. These children can zip through math computation pages with ease and those pesky word problems are easier, too. They experience fulfillment of correct answers instead of red circles on their page indicating wrong answers that have to be revisited. Blah!                                       - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

Were you aware that for every wrong answer a student gives, he must have twenty-one (21) more exposures to the right answer (input) in order to solidify the correct answer and release the wrong one? Wow! You sure don't want him to miss one! Therefore you must input,input,input to get the output you are looking for!                                                                                                                          - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Consider doing the FREE Math Facts Proficiency Assessment provided by Little Giant Steps, to find your child's current math facts proficiency level. Give the assessments as described in the instructions; submit the results and receive a graph of your child's results compared to the suggested proficiency for that age. Also receive recommendations on how to avoid wrong answers and make math easier for your child. You can find the free assessment at www.LittleGiantSteps.com/math-facts 

 A teacher commented about Little Giant Steps programs:

 "After 18 years of teaching, I finally found a math facts system that works! Even my lower level students flourished. The Rapid Recall System was so easy to use-and it only took seven minutes a day! At the end of the year the test scores proved that the students had retained their math facts. This is a fantastic product!"- Tanda Trussell,  West Texas Elementary, Stinnett, Texas