## Where to Start When Filling in Math Gaps

# Where to Begin ?

Ok, so your child is in Late Elementary school or Middle School, and he isn’t doing well in math, but you’re not quite sure where to begin? In this post, I outline some areas you can use as starting points when trying to figure out possible gaps in your child’s math education.

There may be some beginning concepts that you may need to go back if he hasn’t mastered them yet.

After your child can do things such as count and recognize numbers, knows shapes, understands addition and subtraction, understands that subtraction and addition are opposites, can skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s, can tell time, make sure that he:

- Has a Number Sense.
- Understands Beginning Mathematical Words
- Has Memorized his Addition and Multiplication facts

## Does Your Child Have Number Sense?

Make sure that your child understands for example that 1 and 3 are close together relative to the numbers 1 and 20.

You can do things such as drawing a number line for him, so that he can see how far apart numbers are. In the grocery store you can show him the difference between what $1 can purchase versus what $20 can purchase.

## Does Your Child Understand Commonly Used Words in Math?

When you are teaching concepts such as adding, reinforce the word sum. When you are teaching subtraction, reinforce the word difference. When you teach multiplication, reinforce the word product. When you teach division, reinforce the words divisor, dividend, and quotient. Help your child to learn the math language.

## Has Your Child Memorized Their Addition Facts AND Multiplication Facts?

## Do You Need Additional Help Filling in Math Holes?

**20 Possible Math Holes in Your Child’s Math Education.**