Ruth Beechick's book continues to help me think about how skills and functions develop. I have been pondering on her words about how concepts of math develop in her book, "The Three R's", thoughts I happened to find on a web site about preschool math (so I'll provide the link for you in case you're interested).
Children develop through three modes of thinking about numbers:
manipulative mode – working with real objects e.g. beans, cups, spoons
mental image mode – using mental images or pictures of real objects
abstract mode – using number concepts without thinking of images of objects
Which math program that includes manipulatives as part of the program is the right program for us?
That is the question.
I welcome opinions and experiences from you.