The Cuisenaire Gattegno Method Of Teaching Mathematics

will no longer be necessary; that is 8 – (3 + 2) = 3 becomes 8 – 5 = 3. FIG. 54. A game which could prove useful at this stage would be to start with the statement ‘eight minus something equals three’. The pupils are asked to fill the space, each child providing his own contribution. For example: 8–5=3 8 – (3 + 2) = 3 8 – (4 + 1) = 3 8 – (2 × 2 + 1) = 3 8 – (5 × 1) = 3 8 – (2 + 3) = 3 etc.

Exploring The Number System While pupils are developing the use of brackets and when they have achieved some skill in written expression, they should be given the opportunity to explore the number system each according to his individual talents. Even if their knowledge of numeration has not gone beyond the range of numbers set for study with the rods, teachers will be surprised and sometimes amazed at what the children can discover for themselves.

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The Cuisenaire Gattegno method of teaching Mathematics
The Cuisenaire Gattegno method of teaching Mathematics

The Cuisenaire Gattegno method of teaching Mathematics