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Why Do Children Struggle With Math?
Have you ever watched a foreign film without subtitles? You can usually get a good idea of what is going on, but do you really understand the point of the movie? If a student is missing key foundational math skills, it makes it very difficult to keep up in class. They feel confused and frustrated...much the same way you felt while watching that movie and not understanding the language.
We have found that many kids are missing some key foundational math skills that make it very difficult to keep up in class. Most schools treat kids the same because they assume that they all learn the same way and at the same rate. Then teachers are expected to cover vast amounts of material in a short period of time, not to mention the Illinois PARCC Standards testing. So, if your child doesn't get a chance to master a skill for whatever reason – that's too bad. Teachers must move quickly to stay “on schedule". So we see too many kids fall behind in math.
What Happens Next? The class moves on! Here come multiplication facts, fractions, percentages, decimals, mixed numbers, exponents, ratios, x=?, divisibility rules, algebra, geometry, equations. It never slows down so your child can catch up! They feel overwhelmed, embarrassed, and all alone! They begin to expect and accept failure as the "new normal" and think "I'm just not good in math!" They lose all confidence in themselves and all of their other grades begin to suffer.
Is it any wonder why you have to fight with them to do their homework? With many kids, it is easier for them to fight you and not do the work than to put the effort into it, only to see failure again. After a while, it just doesn't seem worth the effort for them.
How Is Mathnasium of South Barrington Different?
The very first thing we do is give your child a skills assessment. We give them both a written and oral evaluation so that we can get a deep understanding of not only what they know, but how they think! Most importantly, we find out HOW THEY LEARN! Then we build their trust by giving them a few ideas and strategies that they can use immediately. We create a customized learning plan that targets skill gaps and quickly shows them success. In many cases, “success” in math is something they have been craving!
Can Mathnasium Help My Child Become A Natural Mathematical Thinker?
It is commonly believed that people are born "a natural" to become great at math. But at Mathnasium of South Barrington, we believe that virtually any child can become great at math. For many kids, mastery in math is something that doesn't come easily, but they can be taught to think in the ways that the "naturals" do. When it comes to math, your child can feel empowered, self-confident, and special.
We teach our students to use efficient and reliable “schema”– organized ways of thinking – that are innate to the mathematically gifted among us. Mathnasium of South Barrington instructors deliver excellent instruction that is driven by our top-notch curriculum materials. These materials are carefully selected for students to encounter when the appropriate prerequisite knowledge is in place. Through this process, our students develop strong mental math and written computational skills, along with the reasoning ability to know which skills serve them best in any given situation
When you learn to think like a natural... you can become one!
Do You Offer One-On-One Tutoring?
Our instructors utilize the teach and move on method, in which they work one on one with your child long enough to get them started and make sure they understand the concept that they are learning. Then the instructor steps back and lets your child work independently to give them the time to process this new information without the pressure and stress of being watched. It also prevents a "learned helplessness" where the student feels that they need the instructor sitting in front of them persistently in order to be successful.
Our instructors quickly come back after a minute or two in order to make sure they are doing their work correctly and grasping the concepts. We give them encouragement, and praise them for their efforts! If the student needs more help we simply teach the lesson again in a different way without judgment or ridicule until they "get it." This enables your child to become a "confident, independent learner."
In certain special instances, we do offer one-on-one instruction if it clearly would benefit the student.
Do You Provide Homework Help?
We absolutely help with assigned homework. The assessment helps us know where the gaps are so we can help close them, making homework easier, not just for tonight, but overall going forward. In addition to filling in the gaps and helping students get ahead, we can help students with their homework during their session.
Who Are Your Instructors?
Our instructors are brilliant, engaging, inspiring math experts dedicated to educating children. All of our instructors at Mathnasium of South Barrington are REQUIRED to pass a rigorous math aptitude test that encompasses multiple grade levels. Additionally, every instructor has been specially trained in the Mathnasium Method and receive ongoing training in math instruction. To ensure safety, each instructor must go through a background check before working with the students. Learn more about each of our caring instructors on our TEAM page.
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