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Choosing Hands-On Math Manipulatives for Homeschool Math
Curriculum Review by Harriet Yoder
You can Improvise
Homeschoolers are known for improvising hands-on math manipulatives! You don't have to purchase plastic money because you can use real money to teach your children about dollars and cents. Bowls and different types of dried beans make great counters and sorters. Need a clock? Use a real one! You can find cheap used wind-up clocks at garage sales. Stoves, microwaves, and even coffeepots have digital clocks. Our 10-year-old son programmed the time into the coffeepot and set our coffee to brew this morning! And yes, that counts as school!
Sometimes It's Easier to Purchase Hands-On Math Manipulatives
However, sometimes you need a real hands-on math manipulative set to help your student see the math concept. The sets on this page were chosen with you in mind. They are educational, practical, durable, and reasonably priced. We used most of these with our children, who usually turn a math experience into an educational fun time.
These are probably the most popular math manipulatives. For just about any math curriculum (especially Miquon Math), you'll find the Cuisenaire Rods Wooden Introductory Set useful to teach number relationships.
Critical Thinking Hands-On Manipulatives
Hands-On Math Manipulatives for Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
If your student needs help to visualize fractions, the Rainbow Fraction Tiles Activity Set is a good choice. We like the set with the tray for storing and displaying the tiles.
Place Value Manipulatives
Saxon Math Homeschool Manipulatives Kit for K-3
Finally there's the Saxon Math Homeschool Manipulatives Kit for K-3 which was designed for the Saxon Math program but is adaptable for any math curriculum for grades K to 3.