Before I begin my lessons, I like to look at what is on the worksheets from the Leveled Daily Curriculum that I have planned for the week and write them down in my lesson plan book. I do this for a couple of reasons. Mainly, I like to be prepared. If I am going to finish a unit during the week, I’ll print out the next one. I also like to have everything I need to teach the lessons for the week in my math box, so I don’t have to waste school time looking for my materials. In previous blog posts, I talked about how important it is to have everything you need when you sit down to start a lesson. If your child is ready to start work, but you need to keep leaving the table to get a pencil or math manipulatives, your child will likely become frustrated, causing unnecessary stress.
I like to start my lessons by teaching the concept. There are many great ideas in the Implementation Guides and Extension Activities. I prefer a hands-on approach to teaching. My boys are all visual and tactile learners so this approach works best for them. I use a lot of materials from Lakeshore Learning, but I also use materials from The Autism Helper Math Work Task Pack. It has activities for most of the concepts we are working on. I also use the anchor charts that come with the Leveled Daily Curriculum.
After we review the concepts, I give the boys the worksheet and we work through it together. Ben and George are still learning to do work independently, so I need to help them through the worksheets. They also have fine motor delays and are still learning to write their numbers. Davyd is older and at a higher math level than his brothers. He is a visual learner, so we work through his math problems using different visual strategies. He also writes large so I copy all of his problems onto his Channie’s Math Line Up Double Digit Workbook. The blocks help him write smaller.
Try Different Strategies
When it comes to the boys learning a new concept, if I find them struggling, I change the way I teach it. For example, Davyd was struggling with double-digit subtraction. First, we tried a pop-it ten frames, then we tried tally marks. His comprehension was off. He kept trying to add the numbers. So, I tried a number line. It made such a difference. He was zooming through the problems and was even remembering the steps to regrouping. There are so many great strategies to teach math concepts that you can find with a quick internet search if you need help. Don’t give up. Your child might just need a different strategy to comprehend what you are teaching.
Math isn’t everyone’s favorite subject. It comes easier to some people. Ben and I love math and can do it all day. Davyd and George prefer language-based activities. Math is more fun when you are successful at it. There are so many math games and activities that you can use to make math fun. Also, try different strategies like number lines, ten frames, drawings, and tally marks to help your child comprehend. Check out The Autism Helper shop, there are even adapted books to help make learning fun!
Next month, I will be talking about reading lessons using The Leveled Daily Curriculum.
- Leading Language Arts Homeschool Lessons with The Leveled Daily Curriculum: Part One - November 30, 2023
- Leading Homeschool Reading Lessons with The Leveled Daily Curriculum - October 31, 2023
- Leading Homeschool Math Lessons with The Leveled Daily Curriculum - September 29, 2023