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Physical objects have been used for the longest time to solve mathematical problems such as counting, multiplication, etc. Math manipulatives are physical objects used to teach children different mathematical concepts as it allows them to experience these concepts first-hand. Manipulatives are essentially objects to think with.
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A paper published in the Journal of Instructional Pedagogies titled Using Manipulatives to Teach Elementary Mathematics by Mississippi State University mentions a few interesting things:
As we have already established, manipulatives help young children explore different mathematical concepts in a tangible way. Here are some everyday objects that can double as manipulatives.
Before starting with manipulatives, parents should let children play with the manipulatives so that they do not get distracted later. You should also explain the reasoning behind using manipulatives to ensure that children know why they are using these manipulatives. Do incorporate manipulatives in everyday math revision to ensure hands-on learning and improved retention of the concepts.
Are you excited to try this out? Do you think your child will enjoy learning with manipulatives? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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