Tag Archives: manipulatives

Playing with Algebra Concepts

Playing with Algebra Concepts

Introduce your children (and yourself) to the commutative and associative properties by starting with some fun toys. Get crazy and get weird!More

“Let’s NOT divide the pizza equally” – A Hard Lesson in Fractions

“Let’s NOT divide the pizza equally” – A Hard Lesson in Fractions

This is one of my favorite (and first) math “tutoring” stories. It has a great ending, for me. The biggest fraction of the pizza came my way!More

Cuisenaire Rods

Cuisenaire Rods

This is the first in the Cuisenaire Rods series. Video showing how to engage kids in learning coordinate pairs by tapping into their creativity.More

Union, Intersection and the Empty Set

Union, Intersection and the Empty Set

Check out this way to see how union and intersection work – using SnackTraps and blocks. Also, how the empty set works with them!More

Empty Sets – When to Use Curly Brackets

Empty Sets – When to Use Curly Brackets

Sets are intuitive – you have a basket and you put stuff in it. But what about the empty basket? How do you write it? And why is that important how you write it? Here’s a hands on example of the empty sets in your kitchen.More

How to Teach Math Concepts at the Dinner Table

How to Teach Math Concepts at the Dinner Table

Math concepts are everywhere. Identifying them when you see them can make teaching math a breeze. Here’s one place to find some math concepts: at the dinner table!More

Counting Isn’t an Inherent Concept

Counting Isn’t an Inherent Concept

We know that if you start counting at one object the number of thing is the same as if you start with something different – but kids don’t. Here are some thoughts on counting that can put you in a different mindset when dealing with children and counting.More

Teaching Subtraction Using a Balance

Teaching Subtraction Using a Balance

Balances are normally used for science stuff. Here’s how to teach subtraction using a balance.More

Counting with Ordinal Numbers

Counting with Ordinal Numbers

Ordinal numbers are “1st, 2nd, 3rd, …” but we need these to count items to arrived at the final cardinal numbers. All this fancy math talk – why not make it fun with some colorful bugs!More

How to Train the Brain to Understand the Transitive Property

How to Train the Brain to Understand the Transitive Property

Using Discovery Toys’ Think-It-Through tiles you can train the brain for the Transitive Property. More