Welcome to Orange City Schools Math Add+Vantage Website We know that when students first begin school there are already vast differences in their number knowledge. Some students have not acquired the informal background knowledge needed to be successful in the more formal school mathematics. If a student is not successful early in the school experience, negative feelings toward mathematics and a lack of selfconfidence can emerge. Over time, as the knowledge gap widens, finding success becomes even more difficult. Our goal with Math Recovery/Math Add+Vantage is to provide these students with assistance before they experience too much failure. The goal is to help these students advance to the level at which they can successfully learn with their peers. Math Add+Vantage has its focus in the number operation and concept strand of mathematics and its emphasis on assessment and intervention. The instructional strategies include the following key topics:
These early arithmetical concepts are the foundation for all future mathematics and learning in mathematics.
What can we do at home? Mathematics at home does not need to be formal pencil/paper instruction. You can support the instruction taking place, and in the classroom, through playing games and by talking about mathematics in daytoday events. Playing games with your child involving numbers, dice, and counting provides for important experiences in making sense of mathematics. There are lots of opportunities around us for counting, reading numbers, comparing numbers, comparing quantities, adding and subtracting, and simply talking about mathematics. These opportunities occur while at home, driving in the car, shopping, taking a walk……just about everywhere. Encouraging your child to explain how they arrived at their answer can provide great information into their way of thinking. Try to present a new opportunity for the child to correct the mathematical strategy rather than scolding and saying, “That’s wrong.” A strong partnership between school and home will have a positive impact on your child’s educational experience. If you have any questions, please contact me at: dmschultz@orangecsd.org. Dana Schultz Math Recovery Intervention Specialist Orange City Schools Copyright US Math Recovery Council 2006
