Friday, 27 March 2015

Play - The Most Powerful Motivational Force In The World.

"The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."
Alvin Toffler, Author of Future Shock and Think Like Einstein

We are genetically encoded to learn and children are natural learners. For them the process of learning is a journey of exploration and discovery. Learning therefore should be fun.
Today we know more about how children learn than ever before. Then why is it that so many adults have a negative attitude towards maths?

As a headteacher I was unhappy with the way maths was introduced to young children. They were often rushed into the closed world of work sheets and ‘sums’ before they had a grasp of basic mathematical concepts. They lacked understanding and were forced to resort to blindly follow a set of prescribed rules. A whole world of pattern and relationships had been closed to them.

This blog attempts to prove that play is not just a desirable add on but is absolutely fundamental to the learning process, especially for Maths. To ensure your child succeeds we will be using the most complete maths manipulatives ever devised - Cuisenaire Rods.

ey are simply the best tool available for introducing and teaching Math to children (and adults) of all ages.

Developments within brain-based research confirm the rods as having many of the essential attributes to ensure children learn as effectively as they can.

They are particularly effective for all types of learners visual, auditory and kinesthetic (hands-on).

CUISENAIRE RODSThe rods are simply cuboids of coloured wood or plastic.
The smallest, white, is a 1 cm cube. The longest, orange, is a 10 cm long cuboid.

Just like a piano – once the basics have been mastered the rods hold within themselves infinite mathematical possibilities.

Children of all ages benefit from using the rods.
They stimulate insight and understanding from the basic concept of equivalence to Pythagoras‘ Theorem.

This approach can be followed alongside any scheme of work and is the perfect program for introducing maths to children at home or school.

Colour - a greater stimulus to memory recall than verbal cues or objects. 

Imagination Albert Einstein  imagined himself travelling on a sunbeam and the Theory of Relativity was born.

Imaging 90% of all information that comes to our brain is visual.

Manual Dexterity
Constant manipulation of the fingers has a positive impact on the mind.

The Big Picture - Children need the global overview the rods provide naturally.

Child's  Play Maths is a play based math program for children aged 5 to 11 that utilises Cuisenaire Rods. Here is a video from the tutorial series: Cuisenaire Rods and the Traditional Math Curriculum.

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