Books on Dyscalculia
The Dyscalculia Toolkit
This collection of 200 teaching activities and 50 games is the recommended starting point for children who struggle with maths. The ideas are based on the author’s experience in schools, working with dyslexic, dyspraxic and dyscalculic pupils, but all the suggested strategies are equally suitable for teaching the basics of numeracy to any pupil aged 6 to 14.
The Dyscalculia Toolkit covers:
- Early number work with numbers under 10
- Basic calculations with numbers above 10
- Place value
- Times tables, multiplication and division
The new edition contains extra activities and games and an editable set of pupil tracking sheets, as well as very detailed tables mapping each activity and game to the relevant numeracy topic and teaching points. Ten new videos, created especially for the new third edition, can be viewed on the Companion Website for the book: four videos with commentary provide an overview for each of the four sections, while the other six are short animated silent movies that demonstrate a variety of games.
The activities and games provided in this book can be used with individuals, pairs or small groups of pupils. All the printable and photocopiable resources can be easily accessed on the book’s Companion Website (the inside front cover of each copy of the book is stamped with a unique access code), where readers will also be able to view the 10 videos specially created for the new edition of the book.
The Dyscalculia Toolkit is suitable both for teachers and teaching assistants with no specialist background in either maths or special educational needs, as well as the experienced professionals looking for resources to share with colleagues. It is equally useful as a resource to recommend to parents who want to support their children’s learning.
Overcoming Difficulties with Number
Supporting Dyscalculia and Students who Struggle with Maths
In writing this practical book, Ronit Bird has drawn on her teaching and training experience to create teaching plans for key numeracy topics, aimed at those working with students aged 9-16.
She provides detailed strategies for teaching numeracy skills through a progression of practical activities and visualisation techniques which build the self-esteem of students who need extra help and give them a basic foundation in number.
Topics covered include:
- Games and puzzles for learning number components
- Reasoning strategies
A bank of accompanying resources, games, activities and Su-Doku puzzles is available on the CD included with this book.
This is an ideal resource for both class teachers and maths subject teachers, and is equally useful for teaching assistants and learning support assistants.
The Dyscalculia Resource Book
Games and Puzzles for ages 7 to 14
Ronit Bird is an experienced teacher with an excellent reputation for helping children to understand maths. This book offers 120 photocopiable games and puzzles to help teach key aspects of numeracy. Carefully designed so that no equipment is needed beyond that found in the average home, these games and puzzles actively encourage practice in using reasoning methods.
Part 1 focuses on addition and subtraction, Part 2 targets multiplication and division, Part 3 provides puzzles that feature all four operations. Grids link each game to a specific numeracy topic, as well as listing the number of players required and equipment needed.
Games and puzzles include:
- Triad Families
- 3-in-a-Line Dominoes
- Times Tables Bingo games
- Component Su Doku Puzzles
- The 6x Table Coin Solitaire
- MAD (Multiplication and Division) Puzzles
This Resource Book is perfect for teachers, teaching assistants and parents aiming to improve children’s basic numeracy. All 120 games and puzzles are photocopiable directly from the print book and are also available to download from the accompanying Companion Website, where readers will also be able to access 10 videos specially created for the new edition of the book.
FAQ – Which book?
‘The Dyscalculia Toolkit’ is the best place to start with a learner who relies on counting for most calculations and who needs to develop a stronger feel for numbers and quantities. The book is highly practical, with a broad range. It starts with concrete and visual patterns for single-digit numbers and ends with teaching ideas designed to help children acquire a good conceptual understanding of times tables and place value. The ‘Toolkit’ includes ideas for games and activities at the concrete, diagrammatic and abstract levels and shows how teachers or parents can manage a careful transition between each stage.
Some of the earlier pages within three of the sections of ‘The Dyscalculia Toolkit’ cover some of the same ground as the first three ebooks in the iBooks series called ‘Help your child master numeracy’, the difference being that the ebooks (for iPads and Apple computers only) contain demonstration videos of every suggested idea and game, resulting in teaching resources that focus in very great detail on very narrow topics.
The book ‘Overcoming Difficulties with Number’ follows on from ‘The Dyscalculia Toolkit’ and is aimed at more advanced learners who have already worked through the ‘Toolkit’ and/or older students. ‘Overcoming Difficulties with Number’ begins with a whole section on numeracy games to encourage students to stop counting in ones, followed by separate sections that take a step-by-step approach to some key numeracy strategies, including bridging for addition and subtraction, the area model for multiplication and division, and calculation methods based on reasoning. Each section includes a careful analysis of all the pre-skills needed for the topic under discussion. Rather than repeat material that has already been published, the pre-skills segments of ‘Overcoming Difficulties with Number’ refer the reader back to the ‘Toolkit’ wherever relevant.
‘The Dyscalculia Resource Book’ is not a book about teaching. Instead, it is designed for teachers of dyscalculic learners to use as differentiation activities or to send home as homework instead of worksheets. The book is full of paper & pencil games and puzzles designed to rehearse and reinforce efficient calculation strategies that have already been taught at the concrete and the pictorial levels – for example, by using the practical teaching ideas in the previous books – that still need practice.
Please note that the three print books published by Sage (‘The Dyscalculia Toolkit’, ‘Overcoming Difficulties with Number’ and ‘The Dyscalculia Resource Book’) are available both as physical books and as electronic versions, but the paper copies of these books are recommended because the clear layout of the pages is not always replicated on the screen. By contrast, the ebooks published on iBooks (‘Exploring Numbers Through Dot Patterns’, ‘Exploring Numbers Through Cuisenaire Rods’, ‘Understanding Times Tables’, ‘Understanding Fractions’ and the ‘Maths Games’ ebooks) are specifically designed for the screen and for the ability to display the many demonstration videos embedded into the text, which is why they are only available as ebooks.
For even more information to help you decide which book best suits your current needs, you can use the ‘Look inside’ facility on the Amazon website to read the Introduction chapters of the books published by Sage, and you can download a free sample chapter from each of the ebooks via the iBooks app.