One-On-One Math Tutoring
We offer the GiGi's One-on-One Math Program three times per year:
- Spring session
Enrollment open December 19-January 9
15-week session: January 30 – May 14
Best of All Celebration: May 14
- Summer session
Enrollment open: May 1 – May 22
10-week session: June 12 – August 20
Best of All Celebration: August 6
- Fall session
Enrollment open: July 25 – August 14
15-week session: September 4 – December 17
Best of All Celebration: December 10
If your local Playhouse offers Math, please apply through them. If your local Playhouse is not offering the Math program, please apply through GiGi's At Home.
ALL Tutors must have attended a Volunteer Orientation BEFORE attending Tutor Training.
For more information regarding the Math Tutoring Program, call (630) 778-7529 or email email@example.com
Building math skills for individuals with Down syndrome increases independence in their school, in the community, and in the workplace. The aim of this program is to help promote a positive experience of learning mathematics with a sound foundation of basic number understanding.
Our program is built based on the ways in which individuals with Down syndrome learn best. Knowing that our participants vary greatly in their abilities and challenges in comprehensive math, we combine multiple approaches that utilize multi-sensory teaching. Graduated levels of purposeful progressions lead to an increase of skills and self-confidence. These methods are aligned with topics taught in the classroom, to provide a comprehensive and cohesive program. Students can start in our program as early as age 3 or any year after that. It is never too late to start! Weekly lessons last 45-60 minutes for 10-15 weeks at a time. Family members attend each tutoring lesson and leave with practical activities to continue learning at home.
Benefits of our math tutoring program:
- Increase a range of math skills from number recognition and patterns, to knowledge of addition and subtraction, to money and telling time, to fractions and algebra
- Increase self-esteem and confidence
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Greater independence and autonomy
- Greater inclusion in general education classrooms
- More active role in schools and community
- Increase peer interaction through purposeful games and activities
- Enhanced fine motor development
Principles of GiGi’s 1:1 Math Tutoring Programs
- We teach using materials that are meaningful and relevant to the students
- Teach with a multi-sensory approach to build confidence and reinforce learning
- We teach students to practice, transfer, and generalize newly learned skills
We teach students to apply math skills in their real-world experiences.
Program Reference Materials
GiGi’s Playhouse Signature Math Tutoring program is built upon proven teaching methods from the following experts:
- Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and other Hands-On Learners, by Deanna Horstmeier
- Number Skills for Infants with Down Syndrome, by Gillian Byrd and Sue Buckley, Director of Science and Research, Down Syndrome Education International
- Resource materials and methodology from Numicon, TouchMath and Touch Money