The activity in this free math tutoring video 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.
The activity in this free math tutoring video comes from the Miquon math curriculum. It’s a great way for kids to consolidate their knowledge of our number system, to think critically, and expand their understanding of numbers. Encourage your kids to be as creative (or CRAZY) as possible when they do this. Creating more complex problems will develop their math skills tremendously!
This would also be a good activity to do in small groups so the children can have discussion about their ideas and learn from each other.
It is helpful to have either two small group sets of Cuisenaire Rods or else one set and a set of Base Ten Rods, too, when playing the game in this free math tutoring video. This would also be a good game to play with kids who are different ability levels – one could figure out the number bonds of ten and the other could add up each person’s score each turn.