View Full Version : do you prefer Cuisenaire rods, math-u-see manipulatives, or montessori beads?

03-22-2009, 02:40 AM
It's all in the title. If I am finally going to invest in SOMETHING besides counting bears and homemade supplies.... which one do I do? Oldest is 5, if that matters. I'd like something everyone can use by age 3-4 if they want to.

03-22-2009, 06:35 AM
I think that it is great to use a bunch of different manipulatives. Right now we have counting bears, Cuisenaire Rods and Unifix cubes. I think Unifix cubes are great for teachng addition/subtraction . My DD is 4, if that matters.

The only thing I don't like about Cuisenaire Rods is that they are solid, no distinction of units (does that make sense), so by looking at them you don't really know what number they are. But, that is also good for doing other things. If I were only to get one set, I might go with the Math-U-See set (I am probably going to break down and buy a set soon).

03-25-2009, 01:55 PM
We have a few different things. We have some shapes that come with mats with pictures on them made of up different shapes and the kids have to put the foam shapes on to match and make the whole picture.

Plus we have the preschool & k-garten set from My Father's World (http://http://mfwbooks.com/) that has fun puzzles & cuisenare rods, etc.

03-26-2009, 01:46 AM
Legos! LOL!

03-26-2009, 06:33 PM
We use cuisenare rods, but I don't have any experience with any thing else! :)

04-01-2009, 03:53 PM
We used Cuisenaire rods this year, next year we will be using MUS so will use thiers, I agree that the Cuisenaire rods do not have a distinction between units, but my K'er used it for length, ABCs, etc.