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Aren't math "manipulatives" just things like buttons, coins, blocks, barbie doll shoes, etc, that you use in counting, adding/subtracting, etc? Can't you teach multiplication with 3 rows of four grains of rice each, and stuff like that?

Aren't math "manipulatives" just things like buttons, coins, blocks, barbie doll shoes, etc, that you use in counting, adding/subtracting, etc? Can't you teach multiplication with 3 rows of four grains of rice each, and stuff like that?

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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Buddha
Barbie doll shoes were just an example I could think of we don't currently have tons of doll shoes but for a while we did (ya know, after receiving new doll outfits that included shoes, and before they all got lost!)

Maybe I should have used Barbie doll heads as an example instead.
BTW Karen thanks for the explanation. I had no idea manipulatives were that complex. My kids pretty much used everything as a math manipulative toys, pieces of broken cookies on their plates, etc. I never saw a reason to purchase something special for that purpose but then I haven't yet HSed a little one, and my 10yo doesn't need much help in math (we spent a total of about 2 hours going over the entire 5th grade curriculum after I pulled her out of school in January.) 
Blessed partner toÂ a great guy, and mama to 4 amazing kids. Unfortunate target of an irrationally angry IRLÂ stalker.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Buddha
I can't recomend muggins math enough! We have Knockout/Muggins right now and I am going to get Pirates and Plunder/Sink the Ship ASAP. Knockout would be good for your DD I would think.

Single Mom to 3 (12, 17 & 21) Â Â andÂ .
Is this the kind of "math" grade one'ers are really doing? And do you memorize all those facts...that's what I remember doing at that age with flashcards. I have nothing to compare to as to how kids learn math nowadays...OK I have read stories of how even some Jr high and HS'ers use calculators as they may still not have "memorized" all their facts. True?

I am trying to get over my math anxiety and also to try to sit down with her more to play "math type games" with her, but I have to be careful of my motives because this girl can smell coercion and "here let's 'teach' this to you a MILE away . I want to get some things she would find hands on and fun, to help her get a better grasp of what adding/subtracting etc is for when that comes up in a REAL LIFE context, like adding her score in a game, or figuring out money and I show it to her on paper.

We LOVE this game!! My 6 y/o got it as a gift and the whole family is addictedwe've been playing it almost daily for months now. There's also a version with triangles, equally as good.
We like the games in Math for Smarty Pants and The Book of Think 

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