What is The Math Shack Education Centre?
The Math Shack Education Centre offers a series of specialized Mathematics programs designed for children starting from 4 years of age and upwards, whether they have identified learning needs or not. The programs encompass all Mathematics curriculum areas across grade levels to further strengthen and develop skills in all the fundamental areas such as: number sense, mixed operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), time, money, place value, fractions, decimals and word problems. Programs focus on building confidence in each student, which in turn, strengthens their ability to learn, and to enjoy Math.
The key concept used in The Math Shack Education Centre Programs is ‘multi-sensory’ learning, which means that the brain is taught through as many senses and learning channels as possible. Instructors use toys and attractive resources that appeal to children, but also help them to learn and enjoy Math. The programs use a fun, kinaesthetic approach, where children learn by doing through multi-sensory, brain-friendly activities.
Who is The Math Shack Education Centre for?
The Math Shack Education Centre Programs benefit children starting from the age of 4, whether they have identified learning needs or not. The programs are perfect for:
Preschoolers and kindergarteners needing a head start in developing their math skills
School aged children struggling to develop their number sense and grasp math concepts
School aged children who struggle with only certain areas in Math, e.g. time, money, word problems etc.
Children with learning disabilities e.g. dyslexia, dyscalculia, etc.
Children with: ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, cognitive delays etc.
Children with motivational problems
Children who simply have a different learning style
Children who are very active learners.
Advanced preschoolers, and school aged children, to continue on with their math skills, especially when there is a great interest in Math.
Children being homeschooled and need extra support in Math
Children who learn better with one on one assistance or function better in a smaller group setting.
What will The Math Shack Education Centre Provide?
Screening and Assessment
Each child will be screened individually to see where they are at in terms of their math skills. A program plan will then be drawn up for parents, containing the results from the initial screen and an outline of the programming that is best suited to meet your child’s needs. Throughout their time at The Math Shack Education Centre, your child’s instructor will be documenting progress being made in each of the Math curriculum areas. This will be shared with parents regularly.
The Math Shack Education Centre has qualified instructors who will work with your child individually or in a small group of two or three students, twice a week for 45 minute sessions. They will work through The Math Shack Education Centre Program/s/ that will best suit your child's needs. It will be done using a fun, kinaesthetic, multi-sensory approach where students are actively engaged as learners.
In most cases students will be placed in a small group appropriate to their level of functioning also taking into account age and compatibility. We encourage children to join small groups, as activities are game based and interaction with other students is beneficial. Grouping will be at the Manager/Instructor’s discretion and in consultation with the parent. Individual sessions are available as well.
Prices are structured enabling students to transfer to a group which is moving at a similar pace, rather than struggling to keep up or alternatively, not being challenged by the pace of the group.
Children are placed in groups that are a ‘right fit’ for them both educationally and socially. Students in a group are all taught the same lesson as our programs are not work sheet based.
How Parents Can Help:
The Math Shack Education Centre believes that the key to its success not only lies in using a multi-sensory approach, but that parents are very much involved. Parents are able to sit in on sessions and not only learn some excellent strategies and techniques, but also learn a great deal about how their child learns and how to better work with their child. Because we believe the parents play a very important role in their child’s success here at the Centre, parent involvement, commitment, and open communication are paramount. Parents are asked to assist with short home sharing activities if given.