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Nurturing mathematical intelligence with the 'Grow with Math' program

Sudha Ganesh

Founder & Director at diksa learning centre


Many children feel math is difficult to learn due to several reasons. These may be inherent in the learner, or in the teacher or in the syllabus or all put together. At least at the school level, being ‘intelligent' is associated with being good in math. Also, most of the qualifying examinations to pursue higher studies include a section on mathematics. Some of the reasons that make learning math hard are

1. Math is full of ‘abstract concepts'

2. The way it is being taught

3. Cumulative nature of learning mathematics

4. Only one correct answer

5. Inability to connect the relevance of math with real life experiences

6. Learning challenges present in the learner

The learning challenges may be due to

Basic Developmental Deficits

Developmental delays, sensory integration issues, speech delay, attention, memory, counting, letter sound association, and language.

Perceptual difficulties

Spatial orientation, temporal (time) issues, grouping/classification. lack of closure, Identification of characteristics of different shapes, and auditory visual integration.

Cognitive deficits

Issues in information gathering, information processing and output.

Keeping all the above in mind, diksa's ‘Grow with Math" program was developed, combining our experience & understanding of learning difficulties of children with multi - sensory way of learning math. The program focuses on ‘effective teaching and learning of primary level math concepts. Some of the highlights of the program are

a. Mirroring primary math concepts through simple manipulatives, personal life experiences & role play

b. Visualization of numbers

c. Systematic, structured, sequential and interactive sessions with a spiral curriculum.

d. "Math chat time " encourages students to share their math experiences in daily life and develop their language ability.

e. Multi - sensory learning through visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities

f. Creatively designed activity sheets

g. Activities and the activity sheets aim at developing logical reasoning and inculcating mathematical thinking

h. Peer interaction and peer learning

i. Projects involving life skills math

j. Conducive environment for critical exploration by students

k. Involvement of parents

We observe that the methodology of the program has helped children overcome their math phobia and instilled willingness to learn and experience mathematics. Regular exposure to real life math situations helps them see the connection between learning and experience. Students are willing to talk ‘math' in the class room. They are keen to try new and different methods. They are able to ‘mathematize' simple problems. Overall, there is a tremendous increase in motivation & understanding in the students.

diksa is proud to announce an online ‘tutor training program' covering primary level math concepts. The level 1 includes Number systems. This program is open to teachers, special educators and parents.

Program details

1. Dates: 15th,17th 19th and 22nd of June 2020.

2. Duration: 10.20 am to 12 pm

3. Platform: Zoom

4. Fees: Rs.3000/-.

For further details please visit www.growwithmath.com or write to us at diksalearning@gmail.com.