Numeracy – Addition using Cuisenaire Rods – Year 2

Numeracy – Addition using Cuisenaire Rods – Year 2

Numeracy – Addition using Cuisenaire Rods – Year 2

In Year 2 today, children have been learning how to use cuisenaire (kwee-zuh-nair) rods to show addition calculations. This is a really useful tool and children used it as a visual and counting aid to show that 12+8 has the same total as 15+5. They did this by placing the coloured rows beside one another.

Cuisenaire rods are mathematics learning aids for children that provide an enactive, hands-on way to explore mathematics and learn mathematical concepts, such as the four basic arithmetical operations.

In the early 1950s, Caleb Gattegno popularised this set of coloured number rods created by the Belgian primary school teacherGeorges Cuisenaire (1891–1975), who called the rods réglettes.

According to Gattegno, “Georges Cuisenaire showed in the early fifties that children took huge strides when they shifted to using the material. They became ‘very good’ at traditional arithmetic when they were allowed to manipulate the rods.”

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