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Learning Resources Cuisenaire Rods Introductory Set (Wood)

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  • Each colour represents a different rod length
  • Use to reinforce: Addition & subtraction, fractions & decimals, multiplication & division
  • The longest rod measures 10cm
  • Each set includes rods, convenient storage trays with lid and a Teacher's Guide
  • Suitable for children aged four and over
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Item Weight295 g
Product Dimensions23.4 x 18.5 x 3.8 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:4 years and up
Item model numberLER7501
Number of Puzzle Pieces74
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
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ASINB000FFWCOW
Best Sellers Rank 6,649 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight340 g
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Date First Available20 April 2010
  
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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months


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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Aileen Mitchell Stewart on 15 May 2011
If you want to help your child to understand numbers (and not just get a superficial, hazy and shaky notion of 'sums') and to have fun doing it then forget those pricey 'educational' electronic gizmos at five times the price and buy these.

I used these wonder blocks more than 30 years ago when teaching infants and juniors with learning problems and now I use them with my grandchildren. In my view there is no better way for young children - or even adults whose grasp of number is shaky - to truly understand the link between symbols on a page and the real, practical numbers they represent. And they can be fun in a creative way too: playing with them to create shapes and patterns helps develop the bases of all real maths.

Children need to reach a certain stage of brain development (about the age of 7) before they can really understand the abstract ideas behind adding, subtraction, multiplication and division. Until then they simply have to remember HOW to do the processes without any real grasp of why. This sometimes even confuses very bright children who find it distressing simply to follow procedures they don't really understand. But the more experience children have of handling numbers in concrete, tangible forms the quicker (up to a point) they will understand and the more solid their learning will be. And they will gain huge confidence when they finally understand why 'sums' work the way they do.

Remember, even adults sometimes need concrete objects to tackle abstract ideas. Think about it: have you ever used pens and coins, etc., to illustrate an idea? Or perhaps, if you are a man, resorted to using concrete objects to explain the offside rule to your wife? (Or maybe to understand it yourself?). ;-)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Adam on 3 July 2011
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I decided to start using cuisenaire rods in private one-on-one English classes recently because I noticed that many of my students were getting frustrated with how their grammar knowledge relates to the English they were picking up in day to day life. There seems to be quite a lot of paranoia amongst students that the English they are being taught isn't the same as the English that is actually used!! I was just curious to find out what sort of effect the rods would have...

After gaining some familiarity, I am finding that many students now illustrate EVERYTHING (including timelines for verb tenses) with rods!! After two weeks, they are using the rods to illustrate stories, to show comparatives and superlatives, to show different verb tenses in a sentence, to indicate subordinate clauses, to convert sentences into questions, to stand in place of people, vehicles, etc. when considering hypothetical situations, and even to help re-enact their favourite football moments!!

Students started with puzzled looks on their faces when I introduced them and one even found it a bit patronising that I was using little coloured rods to help things along. Then - once they realised how useful they are - they forgot that the rods look like something out of a nursery and started innovating new ways of using them! After showing students that the rods can represent ANYTHING they are now showing me new ways of using them all the time!!

My recommendation for one-on-one classes: just put them in the middle of the table and see what happens! You'll be amazed!!

A short note on the product: if you don't want to lose all the tiny 1-unit and 2-unit rods during your first class then I suggest that you buy two or three clear plastic envelopes from Ryman's (where they are dirt cheap). The plastic container that the rods come in is practically designed to help you lose them!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Man on 22 Feb 2010
these are just brilliant, i remember using them to learn maths when i was a kid, and it is great fun using them to teach numeracy to children, lots of games you can play
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By catherine on 9 April 2011
This is a very valuable extension for learning for children begining to learn and understand number facts. It can also be used in a variety of number processes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a caring mum on 11 Dec 2012
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I bought this product as a gift and when we received it some parts were missing. We were offered a partial refund, but to be honest it is not much good without all part.s
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colin on 12 Sep 2011
A brilliant educational purchase - more than a toy! It would have been even better if the plastic tray it came in had a closeable lid for storage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Moore on 4 April 2013
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I love using Cuisenaire Rods to teach Maths. I bought this set to lend to students to take home and practise the concepts we have been working on. The set is about the right size for this - I can't keep lending out from the rods I use for lessons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dominic J. Emery on 5 Nov 2012
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My kids love these blocks, while the 2 year old tried to build with them "Lego Style" the 6 year old counts with them. Perfect post dinner "Educainment" Brought back memories of my primary school as we had these too (similar ones anyway)
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