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Research has proven that students who are taught using hands-on teaching methods with manipulatives outperform those who are not. It is true for many subjects but most documented in mathematics as acquisition of early math knowledge and
skills is the most important predictor not only for later math achievement but also for achievement in other content areas (Amy Claessens, The University of Chicago and Mimi Engel, Vanderbilt University, 2013).
Math is often thought of as a subject that relies on memorization of facts and practicing skills, but the true test of success in mathematics comes when a student must figure out an answer but can’t remember a fact, or has forgotten a
skill. Hands-on learning drives authentic understanding and application versus memorization algorithms, or “tricks.” Students who use manipulatives create physical evidence of thinking and reasoning, solve problems, and make sense
of mathematical ideas.
Inspire curiosity, extend understanding.
Enhance early literacay activities
Bring science to life in the classroom.
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