The Cuisenaire Gattegno Method Of Teaching Mathematics

be given to the children. For example, pupils could be asked to make rod patterns for 9 + 3 = 12 12 – (8 + 4) = 0 etc.

12 – 4 = 8 12 – (6 + 5) = 1

8 + = 12

Completing given expressions in writing The final step in the study of the particular number would be the completion of expressions in writing, given with the instruction: ‘if you can’t do it, use your rods’. Pupils would be given such exercises as the following: 4+8= 12 – 3 = 4 + = 12 8 = 12 –

12 = 3 + + 5 12 – (3 + 4) = (2 + 3 + 7) – 10 = (5 + 7) – (3 + 9) =

Adding The Lengths Of A Handful Of Rods Another exercise related to our present topic and recommended by Gattegno deals with the various possible methods of adding a ‘handful of rods’ together. Although the scope of this exercise greatly increases when dealing with numbers larger than 20, it nevertheless helps at this stage towards developing the ability to

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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

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