1. This video is of me introducing teen numbers to my 4 year old. She already knew how to count past 20, but that doesn't mean she knows what those numbers actually mean or that she understands place value! Cuisenaire rods help children see the structure in our number system. They are visual and kinesthetic, therefore, information learned while using them is stored more easily in the brain.

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2. My 4 year old knows the counting order but that doesn't mean she can recognize the numerals. This activity helps her learn the Cuisenaire rods as well as the numerals that go along with them. You can see that 6-9 are tricky for her still!

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3. This video shows how to teach addition and subtraction with Cuisenaire rods. I also discuss the terminology that should be used when introducing the addition and equals signs.

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4. This is a fun math activity to help kids learn the number bonds (or fact families) to 10 using Cuisenaire rods and Hundred Flats from a Base Ten set. This is so much more fun and effective than drill of addition and subtraction facts! And, it not only teaches them their math facts, but it gives them a conceptual framework as well - something that will NOT happen if they are primarily working with symbols on paper, which is all too common.

Another great thing about this activity is that it is self correcting. If they are doing a "seven" tower and try to use a 4-rod and a 2-rod, their tower is going to fall. This also enforces that 5+2 or 6+1 or 3+4 will ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS be 7. This is not always clear to children - especially if they are used to counting on their fingers or doing Touch Math.

This game/activity incorporates the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning styles. Effective and fun!

You will need a small group set of Cuisenaire rods (not the connecting kind) and a set of Base Ten Hundred flats (which you can purchase by themselves without having to buy the rest of a Base Ten set).

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# Education Unboxed

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