What the hand does, the mind remembers.  — Maria Montessori

Our son is really into card games lately.  He loves “Go Fish” and “War” especially, but while playing “War, he was having a tough time looking at the cards and determining which was greater.  To help him out, we provided a concrete manipulative — Unifix cubes, in this case — so that he could build each number and then compare.

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Worked like a charm.  When teaching your young children, always remember to begin with the concrete and allow them time to master a concept before moving on to the abstract.

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