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This activity is good for developing mental math skills. Once the problems get bigger, children will be able to easily adapt this to larger numbers and add more quickly in their heads. Using the Cuisenaire Rods provides both a visual and tactile way to manipulate numbers instead of only relying on symbols. Young children, and children with dyslexia or dyscalculia often have difficulty fully understanding abstract symbols. Cuisenaire Rods help bridge the gap for them so that they can understand complex math concepts in spite of their learning difficulties. Go to www.educationunboxed.com for more math videos!

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• 05:54

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This video shows me introducing my 4 yo to the concept of counting on. Having a visual with the Cuisenaire Rods helps make it more concrete. We also count to 50 and talk a little bit about teen numbers. Academics should be fun at this age, not drudgery!

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• 04:39

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Here's part two of our intro to the Pythagorean Theorem where we move on to introducing the actual formula of a2 + b2 = c2 to find the sides of a right triangle. The fact that they proved it for themselves first will help them to remember it in the future. It won't be just another formula void of meaning to be memorized for a test. Using Cuisenaire Rods or other similar manipulatives is an excellent way to introduce complex math concepts to children. They can see and touch math instead of just hearing and writing abstract symbols.

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• 10:09

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In this video we talked about right triangles and I tried to lead my girls to discover the Pythagorean theorem on their own. They played with squares and it took quite a while but they eventually got there! Using Cuisenaire Rods or other similar manipulatives is an excellent way to introduce complex math concepts to children. They can see and touch math instead of just hearing and writing abstract symbols.

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• 13:27

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This video shows my 6 and 8 year old daughters figuring out the squares of numbers 10 through 20. We use a variety of strategies. This activity is helpful in building thinking skills and further developing number sense. They are beginning to see numbers as a picture in their minds that they will carry with them forever. Square numbers are used frequently in higher math. If they come into contact with them enough now while they are young, they will have no trouble applying this knowledge later on in middle and high school. For more math videos, go to www.educationunboxed.com!

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• 11:29

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After being introduced to decimals and decimal notation, my 6 year old was ready to try using Cuisenaire Rods to make a number line that included fractions in decimal form. It is important that children not only see fractions as parts of a whole, but also as points on a number line. This activity helps bring the 3-dimensional rods down to 2-dimensional paper.

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• 13:06

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This is an activity that should be done after a child has a lot of practice using Cuisenaire rods to represent fractions. Start out with the easier problems. Don't move to the harder problems too quickly. Let the child lead the pace. Manipulatives like Cuisenaire rods help all children, but especially those with visual and kinesthetic learning styles, to grasp the math concepts that might otherwise go over their heads.

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This video shows how to teach LCM using Cuisenaire Rods. This is helpful for everyone, but especially for those with visual or kinesthetic learning styles. The concept is easy to understand when you can see it in a picture and not just abstract symbols! Visit www.educationunboxed.com for more videos!

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• 06:05

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This video shows me introducing my 4yo (and "Wormie the Snake") to subtraction using Cuisenaire Rods. Just see what piece is missing! Cuisenaire Rods make it all so easy! Find more videos at www.educationunboxed.com!

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