child starts by associating objects to numbers and gradually learns
complex concepts like addition, subtraction, multiplication and
division. For example, the child is taught first that quantitative value
of numbers from 1-10 with numerals that represent the symbols 0 to 10.
followed by the hierarchical systems of the base of ten in the form of
the Decimal system materials which consists of loose unit beads for the
“one”, bars of ten beads for the “tens”, and squares of 10 ten bars for
“hundreds”. With these materials, children first learn the numbers and
then learn the four basic operations of addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division as well as an introduction to fractions,
coins and measurements. Thus mastering the basic essentials of the
functioning of numbers for later abstract work.
Some of the material used to help this process consists of number rods,
sandpaper numbers, Cards and counters, Teen boards, 100-chain,
1000-chain, Dot game, Bank game and Stamp game to name a few.
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