‘The Counting Trap’ was first described by Professor Eddie Gray (Thompson’s ‘Teaching & Learning Early Number’ 1997). It’s where children get stuck in an ever increasing struggle of counting to perform any maths operation. All children can get stuck in this trap from time to time but it’s especially noticeable amongst children with short-term memory deficits.
If you want to reach out to the dyslexic and dyscalculic children with memory issues you can help them with little and often practice. Just 10 minutes everyday is ideal. It has to be everyday. 30 minutes or an hour once or twice a week isn’t going to work. They need to see, touch, play, and do the maths frequently and this will help to overcome their short-term memory deficits. another way to boost memory is to make sure it’s fun – we all remember things that are fun much more easily than the boring things where we may start to drift off or fall asleep.
This ‘Counting Trap’ is the exact reason I created my themed maths games. They are quick, exciting, engaging and fun. But most importantly, your children don’t have to be good at maths to play them because they will be learning whilst they play.
Here are some new games this week:
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