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May28

Master Math! 10 Reasons to Help Your Child do Just That

Master Math! 10 Reasons to Help Your Child do Just That

  Why is it so important for children to lose their fear and master math? Beyond grades at school, mastering math is a huge advantage for anyone, and starting at a young age makes it much easier to do so. Here are 10 reasons why your children should master math 1. They won’t fail in […]

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May22

Math Phobia and Homeschooling? Smartick is The Perfect Fit

Math Phobia and Homeschooling? Smartick is The Perfect Fit

Smartick has been benefitting homeschooling families in North America since it was first launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014. Don’t believe us? Hear it for yourself from Maria, a homeschooling Mom located in Canada. She wrote to us explaining how her journey with Smartick began, despite her math phobia. We hope that […]

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May14

The Positive Aspects of ADHD

The Positive Aspects of ADHD

  Today, a great deal of information about ADHD is available. A considerable amount has been written about the difficulties and peculiarities presented by people with ADHD at an academic, familial, or social level. However, very little information has touched upon the positive aspects of ADHD.Upon researching this topic of the subject I have found […]

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May11

Diagnostic Questions in Mathematics Education

Diagnostic Questions in Mathematics Education

We will continue reflecting on Craig Barton’s book How I Wish I’d Taught Maths on the Smartick blog. Today, we will address the topic of diagnostic questions in mathematics education. Diagnostic Teaching Diagnostic teaching has a long tradition in mathematics education. This approach to teaching mathematics was initially developed in the 1980s, at the University […]

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May07

Mistakes: An Opportunity to Learn

Mistakes: An Opportunity to Learn

Learning From Mistakes In the past, teaching methodologies did not consider the possibility that the student would have to go through a period of making mistakes in order to learn something. This is because it was believed that making a mistake was equivalent to learning. Since the middle of the last century, things have changed. […]

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May04

Incomplete Horizontal Addition and Subtraction to Develop Mathematical Flexibility

Incomplete Horizontal Addition and Subtraction to Develop Mathematical Flexibility

Today we are going to solve incomplete horizontal addition and subtraction exercises by using different strategies. In mathematics, it is important to know how to use different strategies for solving the same problem or exercise. Knowing various strategies, how to apply them, and knowing when is the best time to use each, is what we […]

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Apr27

Characteristics of Purposeful Practice

Characteristics of Purposeful Practice

In this post, we are going to continue with the latest chapter of How I Wish I’d Taught Maths, by Craig Barton, about evidence-based education. Today we will discover a type of activity that can be tailored to both novice and expert learners: purposeful practice. As we have seen in a previous post, deliberate practice […]

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Apr23

Cognitive Training and Its Application to Improve Dyscalculia Symptoms

Cognitive Training and Its Application to Improve Dyscalculia Symptoms

  At Smartick we have opted to offer math activities and cognitive training games to complement and optimize the math learning experience for children, including those with learning difficulties. In this post, we will talk specifically about dyscalculia, as it is one of the learning disabilities that specifically relates to mathematics. Cognitive Areas Most Affected […]

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Apr16

Is It Possible to Learn to Read Through Play?

Is It Possible to Learn to Read Through Play?

For some children, learning to read is a very demanding or difficult process which can generate feelings of frustration and rejection towards reading in the future. In many cases, this is due to the education system trying to rush them by prioritizing the academic schedule rather than the child’s own maturity. Not all children are […]

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