Our tutors work one-on-one with their students using the Rock Solid Math program. This is a multisensory program for teaching math to dyslexic as well as non-dyslexic students. Because of this program's heavy use of hands-on tools and relating math concepts to the world around our students, students not only gain mastery of mathematical procedures, but come away with a concrete understanding of what is happening during the procedures. The results have been remarkable. A different method of learning is necessary since memorization, and understanding of abstract ideas is so hard for our students.
We have also seen impressive results with students who have dyscalculia. "Dyscalculia is a broad term for difficulties in math and includes all types of math problems ranging from inability to understand the meaning of numbers, to inability to apply math principles to solve problems. Just as Dyslexia refers to individuals who struggle with reading, Dyscalculia refers to individuals of average intelligence who struggle with mathematical concepts and problems."
We have seen not only an increase in math aptitude through Rock Solid Math, but an increase in self confidence and a better attitude toward school in general. (see our testimonial page)
Prior to entering the program students are screened by our math specialist. This is a comfortable non-threatening time for the math specialist to learn what the student already knows and what areas need work.
There is no homework assigned in this course. All work is done with the tutor's supervision. Parents are not required, but encouraged to sit in on the tutoring sessions. This way parents can remind their child of key words, or techniques should the child forget techniques while doing school work. 'Rules Pages' are sent home after each new concept is taught, explaining the process and showing an example.
The Rock Solid Math program is set up such that once the student has passed or tested out of the foundation subject, (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) the order of the rest of the subjects is left to the student/parent. This allows the student to choose the same subject he/she is currently working on in school.
Hands On and Creative Ideas
Study Buddies to show 15 gold rings being divided between 3 pirates
Legos are a great way to help students understand a 3-D drawing on a 2-D paper.
Geoboards bring hands-on to angles and shapes
Relating to things in the real world can help with terminology. 'In an Expo Center we sit up high to watch the game...the high number, 4, is the EXPOnent. The bases are down low...the low number, 3, is the BASE'.