# How to Use Cuisenaire Rods

As we learned in elementary school, three primary objectives in teaching students are the three "R"s: Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic. Although the saying itself is far from ideal, technically misspelling two of the three requirements, it nonetheless holds true. Countless studies have shown math to be a weakness of students' for a variety of reasons, including not only the different thought process it requires, but also a lack of interest or understanding; a feeling that, thanks to the internet, math is unnecessary; method of instruction; and the quantity of textbook material imparted. Thankfully, tools such as Cuisenaire rods are available to assist with teaching elementary math in such a way that students better grasp the concepts. These aids are widely available on eBay.

## What Cuisenaire Rods Are

The use of Cuisenaire rods provides students with hands-on math instruction across all stages of the learning process, from concept introduction, to personal learning and investigation, to lesson reinforcement. Cuisenaire rods are appropriate for teaching a number of mathematical concepts and operations, including the following:

* Division

* Fractions

* Geometry

* Measurement

* Multiplication

* Subtraction

There are 10 different Cuisenaire rods in a single set; they range in size from 1 to 10 centimetres in length, each with a unique colour for better comprehension. This facilitates their use in teaching not only addition and subtraction, but also fractions and factors of 10.

## How to Teach with Cuisenaire Rods

Although young children benefit most from Cuisenaire rods, adolescents and adults who are struggling with simple math skills have been able to improve their knowledge when receiving such instruction in tandem withmath textbooks. The primary benefit of Cuisenaire rods is that they allow for easy visualisation and tactile manipulation, adding two new levels of sensory learning and lesson reinforcement.

Prior to initiating lessons, children should play with the rods. This way, they are comfortable with the feel and shape of the tools, making it a less daunting proposition to use them for learning. Next, the teacher encourages the student to lay the rods out in order, thereby forming a staircase. Children learn to associate colours with their respective sizes, much as they would play a game of "memory." As the teacher lays out a longer rod, the child stacks smaller rods on top of each other to equal the length of the first. Students can stack rods in such a way that they equal the lengths of other rods.

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Other combinations and configurations are possible with the use of three or more sets of Cuisenaire rods. After mastering addition, the child can be introduced to subtraction, using two matching stacks of Cuisenaire rods to illustrate taking away.

## Using Cuisenaire Rods to Teach Spatial Relations and Geometry

Spatial relations become clearer when a student uses Cuisenaire rods to visualise such correlations. Through the use of specially designed problems and puzzles, children use hands-on manipulation to enhance the learning of such three-dimensional concepts as rotation and symmetry. Moving into geometry, teachers and students can stack Cuisenaire rods on top of each other to signify the area of objects. Advanced youngsters often use the rods to demonstrate volume via three-dimensional cubic figures.

## How to Buy Cuisenaire Rods on eBay

With their bright colours and fun, building blocks design, the simplicity of Cuisenaire rods may add percentage points to a child's mathematics grade. On eBay and eBay Deals, you can find these training tools and more, often at far lower prices than on other websites or in educational supply stores. The site has a robust inventory of children's toys and hobbies, many of which contribute to a young person's learning and comprehension. On eBay, you can find not only sets of the wooden blocks, but also magnetic and plastic strip Cuisenaire rods. Cuisenaire rods make excellent mathematics teaching tools, both at school and in the home. You can make math enjoyable, using the rods to lay the foundation for your child's educational growth.

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