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How Does Our Math Program Help Your Child

One of the questions we get asked regularly by parents is how Mathnasium helps their child improve their math skills.  The Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids understand and appreciate math using 3 key components: assessments, customized learning plans, and specially trained math instructors who teach the personalized learning plan.

Oral and written assessments

Here at Mathnasium of Lakeview – Mississauga, when we assess your child, we use both the oral and written format to learn his or her math strengths and weaknesses.  We pay special attention to the oral assessment as we believe testing on paper only highlights the weaknesses, and we want to speak to your child and get to know him or her on a personal basis.  Oral assessments allow us to learn a bit more about your child’s personality and learning style.  From here, we build a personalized learning plan based on what your child knows, building on his/her strengths and working on his/her weakneses.

Math is taught in different ways

math-perimeterAt  Mathnasium of Lakeview – Mississauga, we don’t teach math algorithms.  Instead, our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting. Mathnasium uses a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile and written techniques to help kids.  We use visuals, drawings, and ‘manipulatives’ (or special objects) to break down math concepts into steps, like links in a chain, and teach your kids to why understand the why, not just the how.  For example, students sometimes have a hard time distinguishing between perimeter and area. In this photo, we use hands-on materials to help her figure out the area. The graphic representation will always help her remember the concept.

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Erena Shkodra
Erena Shkodra
With more than fifteen years experience as a teacher, primarily an elementary teacher of grades 1 to 6, Erena excels at helping students who struggle with math. She has a Bachelor of Education diploma (OCT), Intermediate Math qualifications, Montessori Elementary Teacher certification, and a B.A. with a major in English Literature and Grammar. Following her Orton-Gillingham teacher training, she mentored and tutored students with Dyslexia and ADHD, to not simply catch up but to exceed expectations.