I haven't posted here in forever. Sorry. I have two boys, ages 8 and 6. We have always homeschooled, doing something that closely resembles unschooling simply bc it was what they wanted.

They both seem to have a very natural knack for number manipulation (like their father!) but they haven't had any formal math instruction and they get very little math play with me (bc I stink at math).

I want to nurture their math understanding and development but I need serious help! What I do know is that my 8 year old HATES math worksheets. I also know that they are both hands-on learners. So I figured we could play with a base ten set; it would be fun and it would nurture math development.

The thing is that I don't know how on earth to use it! I know how to use to represent place value but they both understand place value very well into the 100s and 1000s. Someone told me I could use the base ten set to do addition, subtraction and other math problems. I have tried googling and I cannot find anything to point me in the right direction.

Can anyone tell me how to use a base ten set to solve math problems? I was taught math with a chalkboard (probably why I dislike it) so math manipulatives are sort of alien to me.

Thank you so much for any help you can give!