Happy September! It's Nicole from Learning Lab. We just went back to school last week and, boy, am I exhausted! I'm excited to share a teacher trick with you this month.
As a special education teacher, I work with a lot of kiddos with tracking issues that impact their reading, writing, and math skills. In addition, many of them also struggle with fine motor skills and have larger than typical handwriting.
One of the ways that I help my students during math is to have them use graph paper when solving problems.
Handing out graph paper for your students to use to work through problems is a very simple way to help them keep their numbers aligned correctly.
As you can see, you can easily use it for every operation.
I had our Occupational Therapist push in for one of my math reviews and she LOVED how the squares limited the space for each digit. She was so impressed by the penmanship my kiddos showed!
I downloaded and printed this free graph paper here.
Another cool way for your students to practice math skills is by using one of my self-checking Pin & Spin sets. My students BEG to use these!