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divide = sweets, math learning disability solutions

÷ symbol looks like a sweet. If you have sweets you should always share them - especially with Mum or Dad!  (I find if you talk about sweets and chocolates, children are far more interested in the problem). Story - “If you have 28 sweets and you have to divide them with your 4 friends. How many sweets do you get?”

minus = knife, math learning disability solutions

Take away sign (-) looks like a knife. “If you  have 10 pieces of chocolate and you cut off (take away) 5 pieces of chocolate. How many pieces of chocolate do you have?”



+ = pharmacy (add medicine to make better)

X = kiss (we multiply when we kiss!)

÷ = sweets (it’s nice to share your sweets)

- = knife (when we chop things we take away)


PROBLEM : Addition can be a real struggle. Dyscalculia children or those with math learning disabilities often don’t realise that 4 + 7 is the same as 7 + 4. As for 4 + 24 - 24 = that’s near impossible!

Solution - Look at sites that use visuals instead of numbers eg Problem solved.
using grids for maths, math learning disability solutions

PROBLEM : Children with math learning disabilities often put numbers in the wrong columns and confused decimal point placement. It’s a minefield out there!

Solution : Graphic paper can be a great solution or getting them to draw out boxes (see example) so they can put their workings out in them.

Table Fables numbers, math learning disability solutions

PROBLEM : Children with math learning disability often write numbers the wrong way round eg 5 and 2. Will often write 9 as a P. It’s an easy mistake to make if you are small!

SOLUTION : look at sites that use images rather than numbers eg 5 is a snake and always looks the same way and 2 is a swan and always looks the same. No more confusion.

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