In a group of primary school, children not only start learning to read, but also count on the curriculum. With letters, colors and shapes is often practiced at home, but practice or preparation for arithmetic is done less often. Maybe it is also a bit tricky, because what method do they use at school? It is useful to follow them, otherwise children no longer see the forest through the trees and everything becomes unnecessarily difficult.
Difficulty in calculating
It is not surprising if your child has difficulty in calculating at the beginning. Guiding him in this can ensure that it does not become a burden to him. If the basis is good, the rest will eventually follow. But if you want to build everything on a bad foundation, it will be a tough story. Just think about what happens to a building, what is built on a bad foundation. Sooner or later it collapses.
Preliminary math skills
Difficulty in calculation can arise because the preparatory mathematics skills in group 1 and group 2 are not well developed. In group 2 certain parts are practiced, so that children can understand the numbers well. This is also called 'number understanding'. They learn how the numbers 1 through 10 work and that for example 7 is more than 5. If this is not sufficiently understood, problems with math can arise in the higher classes.
To prevent the problems from getting worse, it is important to recognize and acknowledge the possible gaps in the base as quickly as possible. You can also get started with this as a parent. There is a checklist for group 3 to practice with counting. From 'count group 3'. This allows you to see if your child actually understands the numbers and not only cancels the numbers from his / her head. There is an important difference between this.
If your child has trouble getting along with counting or to really understand the numbers, you can of course discuss this with the teacher at school. She can give him extra attention or maybe add some more numbers. But as a parent, you do not have to sit still and wait, you can also get started with your child yourself. For example, there are practice books group 3 that you can use at home. They are not only for arithmetic but also for spelling.
Chances are you have heard of Dyslexia, but do you also know the concept of Dyscalculia? This is a calculation disorder, in which the child has a problem with the learning and application of mathematics knowledge. In children with dyscalculia, calculating is much more difficult than might be expected. Despite the fact that there is a lot of practice, automation is difficult to achieve. Of course, it does not mean that your child suffers from dyscalculia if he has trouble with math. Often the problems disappear automatically and sometimes with a little help. Only 2% to 6% of all children suffer from dyscalculia. It is about as common as dyslexia. The chances are not so great that your child suffers from this, but it does not hurt to keep it in your mind.
And as a parent? You can always count on free practice sheets. They are available for all groups, including group 3.