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MAB Maths in Year 2

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

In Year 2 this test period the children have been learning to represent numbers in different ways with UNIFIX/MAB blocks. They can be used to introduce, practice, or remediate a concept.

MAB blocks are used to model the variety of ways a number can be represented, and to model regrouping when adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. It is also a good way to check your working and correct errors.

Why Is It Important?

According to learning theory based on psychologist Jean Piaget’s research, children are active learners who master concepts by progressing through three levels of knowledge—concrete, pictorial, and abstract. The use of manipulatives enables students to explore concepts at the first, or concrete, level of understanding. When students manipulate objects, they are taking the necessary first steps toward building understanding and internalizing Maths processes and procedures.

If you ask the children I’m sure they’ll agree that using manipulatives is a fun way to learn which helps you to retain your improve Maths skills in ways you will not forget.

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