If you are in the infant classroom or Support, you will know how beneficial colourful manipulative are! It’s always strange when after 1st class, the students are seen as too grownup to use manipulatives. The primary school curriculum advocates the use of manipulatives to explore any new area of maths and literacy. Too often, children can be moved onto the writing part of maths before they are ready. They really have to feel and see what a number means. They need to be able to speak and visualise the sum before they even touch the dreaded copybooks where a tick tells you have succeeded.
So, the basic plastic and colourful manipulatives have a massive part to play in any form of language development, drama, role play and general free play situations in the classroom.
Prim-Ed are putting a lot of work into their Early Years resources, the more junior end of the school. The transport manipulatives I’m reviewing are different methods of transport in bright colours which are bound to attract curious fingers! There’s nothing new about these manipulatives but they link in with the other Teacher Resource Book they have developed for thematic planning. The Early Years Teachers’ Resource book:transport works in tangent with these manipulatives. They are reasonably enough priced at €16.95, come in a nice sealable tub and are invaluable for any classroom.
Last Update: August 22, 2017