If you have a child that struggles with really understanding math concepts, the use of manipulatives can really help. They also work amazingly well for children that are visual and hands-on, tactile learners.
I used to be afraid of curriculum that came with manipulatives. I felt like it was one more thing to teach, or to have to learn and understand. Then I had my fourth child, and I was always looking for ways to keep her busy while I was helping the older ones. I found a huge box of math manipulatives at a garage sale and brought them home. She was so enamored with them, and we found so many ways to play with them and use them. We still use them today for math helps, even in the third grade.
At first glance, some math manipulatives can seem overwhelming, or you may be unsure of how to use them. I found that worksheets designed for use with specific math counters or manipulatives to be very helpful. They can help solidify specific math concepts you are working on, and help keep little learners busy.
If you are looking for a math curriculum that incorporates the use of manipulatives for hands-on learners, check out Right Start Math.
If you are looking for ways to use your math manipulatives, check out this list of math manipulative worksheets:
Check out these posts with more freebies and our own hands-on unit:
Our FREE Math Cut & Paste – Multiplication and Division Unit is a unique hands-on way to practice important math facts. There are 10 multiplication activities and 10 division activities with 8 math problems each and an answer key. Your students will cut out the numbers and paste the correct number in the spaces provided to solve the problems.
Here are some of our favorite math manipulatives for our homeschool:
Learning Resources Mathlink Cubes, Educational Counting ToyTeacher Created Resources Foam Base Ten Set Learning Resources Transparent Color Counting Chips, Set of 250 Assorted Colored ChipsMagnetic Ten-Frame Set, Including 5 Frames and 55 Colorful Discs Learning Resources Plastic Pattern Blocks (Set of 250)Learning Resources Wild About Animals Jungle CountersSkoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears with Matching Sorting Cups, Bear Counters and Dice Game
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!