Tuesday, February 8, 2011
There are all kinds of things out there to "help" with math, but so far I haven't invested in much. We do have a set of Cuisenaire Rods that I used when I was a child. We only use them occasionally, I'm sure if I had them easy to access we would probably use them more. We do use other manipulatives from around our home. Both Kent and Katy's favorites are small snack items like raisins, chocolate chips, mini-marshmallows, goldfish or bunny crackers and Cheerios. They get to eat them after math is done :) We also use dried beans or pasta, pennies, foam shapes, beads, small plastic animals, Legos, hot wheels cars and even stickers. When we are ready to learn about time we have made a small clock with hands (attached by a brass fastener) or checked out a book from the library that has a clock in it. When we want to learn about fractions we use graham crackers, and make various shapes with paper that they can play with. When we learn about shapes we use blocks, foam shapes and items from the pantry that are the shapes we are learning about. I'd love to hear what other types of manipulatives you use from your home, or do you have a math manipulative set? What kind of manipulatives are your favorite for helping your children learn math?