How I Teach Math to My Kids with ADHD

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Hi everyone! We’re on to Day 2 of our Winter Hopscotch and we’re continuing with our theme of ADHD learning with a look at how we teach math in an ADHD-friendly way. Like with all of our subjects, we find that short lessons, movement, and multi-sensory learning are critical to helping our kids follow along and retain what they hear. Here are a few of the methods we use for teaching math in our homeschool.

Anchor Charts

Math for Kids with ADHD: Look! We're Learning!

I’ve previously shared a post about my love for anchor charts, but they deserve another shoutout here. I’m a bit of a type A personality, so making detailed charts and graphs is right up my alley…lol. But we find them to be great for the kids, since they make it easy for them to visualize abstract concepts, especially those involving math. We used the above anchor chart to introduce Tigger to multiplication last year and it was much easier for her to grasp when she could see it represented visually.

Math Curriculum

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We don’t use packaged curriculum often, but math is a subject where we definitely find it best to follow a structured program. Tigger struggles with confidence in math and she tends to rush through concepts without taking her time to work through the steps or check her work thoroughly. Working with her on computer math software seems to help her become more involved in the process, so that she’s less likely to rush through it to get to something she’d rather be doing.

This year, we’ve been using A+ TutorSoft Math – both the printed version and the software – and we like the program a lot. It’s a very simple, uncluttered way to present facts without overwhelming her with too much information at once. The individual lessons are short, which keeps her from getting too intimidated to begin.

Math for Kids with ADHD: Look! We're Learning!

If you’d like to get a look at A+ TutorSoft Math programs for kids, you can visit the website by clicking the image above. You can even get a month-long trial of the online math program for homeschoolers absolutely free! If you decide to subscribe, be sure to use the coupon code LOOKWERE to save 20 percent! You can also pick up downloadable copies of A+ TutorSoft Math curriculum on!

Math for Kids with ADHD: Look! We're Learning!

A while back, we got a chance to try out K5 Learning, a supplemental online math and language program for kids. Tigger thoroughly enjoyed that program as well. It organized the math lessons into themed adventures that did such a good job of keeping her interested she forgot she was even doing schoolwork. 🙂

Math for Kids with ADHD: Look! We're Learning!

You can grab a free 14-day trial of K5 Learning by clicking the link above!

Math Storybooks

Math for Kids with ADHD: Look! We're Learning!

As I mentioned yesterday, we love to read in our family! We keep that thread going with books and stories that involve mathematics as well. Arithmetic Village offers a very nice set of downloadable math storybooks that is absolutely free! We reviewed them a while back and our kids just loved reading the stories and learning how to multiply and divide! Even Roo, our four-year-old ended up doing a division problem on the board after reading the stories. 🙂

Math Manipulatives

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We also make use of math manipulatives with our children. Counting bears, Unifix cubes, and snap cubes are all useful for giving active kids a way to “see” the math problem and involve their sense of touch during the lesson. All of our kids, even Tigger, prefer to use manipulatives as they work on problems.

Unifix Cubes (100 count)

Baby Bear Counters (102 ct.)

We also put together a short video a while back about how we specifically focus on third grade math for Tigger, which you’re more than welcome to view below!

And that’s how we teach math in our homeschool! We’ll be covering science tomorrow, so feel free to come back and see how we approach science with our active learners!

This post is part of the 2014 Winter Hopscotch hosted by iHomeschool Network! Be sure to stop by and visit our fellow bloggers to learn how they teach math in their families!

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How I Teach Third Grade Math to My Child with ADHD

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How I Teach Third Grade Math to My Child with ADHD: Look! We're Learning!

Hi everyone! This morning we’re sharing our method for teaching math to our third grader with ADHD.

It’s no secret that getting active kids to settle down for school is a challenge. The wonderful thing about homeschooling is that we have the flexibility to adapt our lessons to our kids, rather than having to change our kids to fit the lessons.Keep Reading…

Our Math Program for 2013-14: A+ TutorSoft

Update: Our A+ TutorSoft Math giveaway winner is Sara Marti! Congratulations, Sara!

Good morning! Today I’m very excited to be hosting our first-ever giveaway on Look! We’re Learning! But more on that in a bit.

It’s back to school planning time and we’ve decided to go with A+ TutorSoft as our math program this year. As I mentioned last week, Tigger needs more help with her math this year, especially since she has so much trouble concentrating on her work. I’m a traditional learning type, so I kept insisting on workbooks and quizzes and we’ll use those as part of our program this year. But she responds much better to bright and engaging visuals, so it was time to pick up a computer program for math.

We stopped by the A+ TutorSoft booth at the Southeast Homeschool Expo last weekend and bought the complete 3rd grade curriculum on CD.

Our Math for 2013-14: A+ TutorSoft

Since the expo was running, we got the program for nearly 40 percent off the regular price, which was a welcome relief for our checkbook. I also bought the PDF version of the 3rd grade curriculum and 3rd grade workbook from Currclick, so I could print off the worksheets and refer to the written lesson whenever I needed.

Here’s what I like about A+ TutorSoft:

  • The program is simple enough for kids to use on their own, so I can work with Tigger through a lesson plan and then let her complete the exercises herself.
  • The lessons are interactive, which reduces the likelihood that she’ll get bored.
  • The program allows me to skip lessons, so she doesn’t have to sit through concepts she’s already mastered.

I’ll be posting about our progress going forward with the program this year. While we’ll be using the CD software and workbooks, A+ TutorSoft also offers an online monthly subscription program for homeschoolers. The online program is a good option for parents who aren’t sure if they’ll like the curriculum and prefer to try it on a month-by-month basis. If you’d like to purchase either the online subscription or the software for yourself, you can use coupon code LOOKWERE to save 20 percent off the current website sale price!

Even better, A+ TutorSoft has agreed to offer a giveaway for a three-month subscription to its online program for grades 1-4 (a $30 value)! Full details are posted below and the giveaway will be open for seven days! You can come back and enter once per day and earn additional entries through social media.

If you’d like to have even more chances to win great prizes from A+ TutorSoft, stop by their “Back to Homeschool” Facebook party on August 16 at 8 pm Eastern!

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Ways to Teach Multiplication

I have a confession to make: I’ve been secretly terrified of teaching Tigger to multiply. She has a small aversion to math (even though she’s good at it) and that makes introducing new math concepts a bit of a challenge. I also wasn’t thrilled with the way that I was taught to multiply, which was to simply memorize my times tables until I could recite them on demand.

In keeping with the Charlotte Mason philosophy, I wanted to teach math from a practical point of view. That means explaining both “what” and “why”, so that Tigger understands how math works logically. So, when I finally decided to start discussing multiplication with her, I came prepared.

Here are some of the ways to teach multiplication we used to help her grasp the concept!

Ways to Teach Multiplication

Ways to Teach Multiplication

To start with, I reached into the depths of our curriculum closet and retrieved a multiplication/division chart. (You can get a very similar one like it on Amazon.)

Multiplication Chart for Kids

We talked about what the chart showed and how the numbers are all related to each other. BUT we did not drill her with multiplication facts, especially at first.

I copied a very detailed anchor chart that I saw on Pinterest that demonstrated several ways to multiply. I like the fact that kids are able to learn so many different ways to multiply now, rather than having to force themselves to learn in one way.

If you want to make a chart like this yourself, you’ll need the following:

Ways to Multiply

The chart showed three ways to teach multiplication:

1. Repeated Addition: Show children to add the same number again and again until they reach the answer. (Example: 3 x 2 = 2+2+2)

2. Circles and Dots: Draw a circle for each time the number is multiplied and fill each one with the number of dots that corresponds with the number being multiplied. (Example: 3 x 2 = Three circles with two dots in each one)

3. Arrays: Make rows of shapes that correspond to the problem. (Example: 3 x 2 = Three rows of two dots each)

Of the three techniques, Tigger took to the circles and dots method.

Coming up to the board to work on the problems herself also seemed to help her stay focused, especially when her little brothers were also working at the table.

Trying Multiplication at the Board

(Pay no attention to the laundry basket on her right.)

The good news is that she learned her times tables through eight in one week by using the circles and dots method! We’ll be using both repeated addition and arrays in upcoming weeks to help her see the other ways to teach multiplication.

But – no matter how well school is going – we try to stick with the short lessons advocated by Charlotte Mason. Which means that after a while it’s time to drop everything….

Empty School Table

and dance!

Quick School Dance Break

(Pay no attention to the stroller standing behind the front door.)

Simple Ways to Teach Multiplication to Kids

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And if you need more math teaching tips, follow my Math Mania board on Pinterest!