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I am a retired head teacher with a passion for writing and discovering the most effective methods of helping children learn. My local primary school is Tonypandy and you will find me there two afternoons each week working with groups of children. My main areas of focus are Maths with the emphasis on the early years and English, especially drama.

I am a retired head teacher with a passion for writing and discovering the most effective methods of helping children learn. My local primary school is Tonypandy and you will find me there two afternoons each week working with groups of children. My main areas of focus are Maths with the emphasis on the early years and English, especially drama.
Child's Play Maths: Unit 3 Incidental Learning
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Child's Play Maths: Unit 3 Incidental Learning

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Incidental Learning is the third video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths programme. The video discusses the vital importance of free play and explains what children learn incidentally when manipulating the rods. This is the third of 63 videos that comprise a complete course for the introduction of maths concepts to young and older children aged 5 to 11 years. It is designed so children can work at their own pace. The course has also been used as an effective 'catch up' program for older children and adults who failed to grasp maths concepts the first time round. The hands on play based nature of the programme enables children to learn the way that suits them best as it embraces all the learning styles. Children using this programme invariably acquire an understanding of concepts considered far too difficult for them. Future videos will be made available in sets of four with the accompanying Power Point Presentations.
Sherlock Ohms and the Mystery of Magnet Manor
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Sherlock Ohms and the Mystery of Magnet Manor

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A Science in Drama play script for Key Stage 2 THEME: Electricity When Sherlock Ohms is summoned to Magnet Manor by the mysterious Mr A.T.Mos he senses devilry afoot. His suspicions are further aroused upon learning that five of the wealthiest men in the world have also received similar invitations. Accompanied by his loyal companion Dr Watts-On he travels to the remote island unaware of the tragic events that will shortly unfold. As one by one the guests fall victim to the evil A.T.Mos can Ohms solve the mystery and uncover the evil perpetrator before there is no one left standing? For use in your own school or organization.
Child's Play Math: Unit 5 - Important Words and Phrases
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Child's Play Math: Unit 5 - Important Words and Phrases

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Important Words and Phrases, is the fifth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video explains the specific vocabulary children need to be familiar with before mathematical concepts are introduced. The vocabulary can be introduced during free play and directed activity sessions.The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 & 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Math Video Tutorials: Units 13 - 16
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Child's Play Math Video Tutorials: Units 13 - 16

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Units 13–16 of the Child’s Play Math Video Tutorials. Language Development and Math is the thirteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video reveals how the program assists children’s language development. Also included in the bundle are the accompanying Powerpoint Presentations. Introducing Signs: Addition + is the fourteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the concept of addition. Introducing Signs: Greater Than > Less Than, is the fifteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the concept ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’. Introducing Signs: Equivalence = is the sixteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the foundational mathematical concept of equivalence. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Math: Unit 9 - Staircases
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Child's Play Math: Unit 9 - Staircases

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Staircases is the ninth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. The video explains why staircases created with the Cuisenaire Rods are such potent mathematical constructions.The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 & 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free.
Child's Play Maths: Unit 13 - Language Development and Maths
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Child's Play Maths: Unit 13 - Language Development and Maths

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Language Development and Maths is the thirteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths programme. The video reveals how the programme assists children’s language development.The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the programme outlined in Child's Play Maths. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The programme itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of maths concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The programme utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Maths is designed to introduce maths concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp maths concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Maths: Unit 16 - Introducing Signs =
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Child's Play Maths: Unit 16 - Introducing Signs =

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Introducing Signs: Equivalence = is the sixteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths programme. The video explains how to introduce the foundational mathematical concept of equivalence.The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the programme outlined in Child's Play Maths. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The programme itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of maths concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The programme utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Maths is designed to introduce maths concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp maths concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Slime
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Slime

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A Science in Drama play script for Key Stage 2. Theme: Ecology and Pollution Why has the pond suddenly become plagued with frogs? Are the rumours of the deadly black slime true? Will Pond Snail escape the clutches of Mr and Mrs Water Spider? Can the Tadpoles trust Great Diving Beetle? What happened to Kingfisher? Can they all escape the deadly black SLIME? For use in your school or organization.
Birdflight
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Birdflight

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Birdflight is a Science in Drama play script for Key Stage 2 children. Theme: Migration Young Red start is discovering what a dangerous world he inhabits. Old Crow has told him tales of fearsome creatures like Sparrow Hawk, Stoat and the deadly Pine Marten who once hunted through the trees like a dark shadow. Yet there is one danger he cannot escape. A danger he must face with family and friends afresh each year or perish when the freezing white death descends upon the land. Is he ready to undertake the great adventure of migration? For use within your own school or organization.
The Princess and the Dragon
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The Princess and the Dragon

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A play script for Key Stage 2 children. Bumblebania is gripped by fear. A ferocious dragon is busily devouring its inhabitants while the King desperately struggles to find a hero brave enough to slay the beast. Queen Ammoania is also desperately seeking a suitor for the Princess Lucinda. The obvious solution is to offer the hand of the Princess to the hero who slays the dragon and delivers Bumblebania from its nightmare. Unfortunately when a hero does turn up he is not what everyone expects. A Chronicle of Bumblebania with performance and reproduction rights for your school or organization.
Child's Play Math Video Tutorials: UNITS 5 - 8
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Child's Play Math Video Tutorials: UNITS 5 - 8

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Videos 5 - 8 of the series that supports and expands upon the Child's Play Math 1 & 2 program. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' programme for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Video 5: Important Words and Phrases - reveals the key words and phrases used to introduce math concepts to very young children when working with Cuisenaire Rods; Video 6: Developing Memory Recall - the 'Learning Equation' and how it is fundamental to the success of the Child's Play Math programme; Video 7: Mental Imaging - explains what 'mental imaging' is, how it can accelerate your child's progress, and games to play to help develop this crucial ability; Video 8: Cardinal Number - the common consequence of children failing to grasp this concept at an early stage in their development and how the programme enables them to acquire it naturally. Also included are the accompanying PPT Presentations that comprise part of each video. Four new videos plus the PPT Presentations will be added each month. Together they comprise a full years course. JANUARY 2016: Unit 5: Words and Phrases; Unit 6: Developing Memory Recall; Unit 7: Mental Imaging Games; Unit 8: Cardinal Number. FEBRUARY 2016: Unit 9: Staircases; Unit 10: Mental Agility; Unit 11: Extended Staircases; Unit 12: Preparation for Multiplication. MARCH 2016: Unit 13: Language Development; Unit 14:Introducing Signs; Unit 15: Signs < >; Unit 16: Signs = APRIL 2016: Unit 17: Brackets ( ); Unit 18: Signs -; Unit 19: Signs x; Unit 20: Signs Division MAY 2016: Unit 21: Fractions as Operators; Unit 22: Reviewing; Unit 23: The Importance of Questions; Unit 24: Partitions of Length JUNE 2016: Unit 25: Families of Equivalent Fractions and Products; Unit 26: Families of Equivalent Subtraction; Unit 27:Families of Equivalent Fractions; Unit 28: The First Phase - An Overview JULY 2016: Unit 29: Getting Organised and Moving On; Unit 30:Beyond the Rods; Unit31: Studying Families; Unit 32: Families of Partitions AUGUST 2016: Unit 33: Partitioning Without the Rods; Unit 34:Time Out for 'Talk'; Unit 35: The Commutative Property of Addition; Unit 36: Consolidating - Mental Substitution SEPTEMBER 2016: Unit 37: The 'Grain of Rice' Principle; Unit 38:Free Expression; Unit 39: Families of Equivalent Difference; Unit 40: Extending the Challenge The programme completion date is March 2017
Child's Play Math: Unit 15 - Introducing Signs < >
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Child's Play Math: Unit 15 - Introducing Signs < >

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Introducing Signs: 'Greater Than' &gt; 'Less Than' &lt; &lt; /b&gt; is the fifteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 &amp; 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the concept ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’.The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 &amp; 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Math: Unit 11 - Cinderella's Staircase
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Child's Play Math: Unit 11 - Cinderella's Staircase

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Cinderella’s Staircase is the eleventh video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 &amp; 2 program. The video explains how ‘staircases’ can be extended beyond the first ten colours/numbers to infinity. The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 &amp; 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years,. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Maths: Unit 6 - Developing Memory Recall
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Child's Play Maths: Unit 6 - Developing Memory Recall

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Developing Memory Recall, is the sixth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Maths 1 &amp; 2 programme. This video reveals the Learning Equation and how the programme will develop a child’s ability to retain what he has learnt. The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the programme outlined in Child's Play Maths 1 &amp; 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The programme itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of maths concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The programme utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Maths is designed to introduce maths concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' programme for older children or adults who struggled to grasp maths concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Math: Unit 7 - Mental Imaging Games
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Child's Play Math: Unit 7 - Mental Imaging Games

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Mental Imaging Games, is the seventh video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math program. This video explains how children can naturally acquire a ‘mental image’ of the rods. This ability will accelerate their math development considerably. The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 &amp; 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Math: Unit 16 - Introducing Signs =
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Child's Play Math: Unit 16 - Introducing Signs =

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Introducing Signs: Equivalence = is the sixteenth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 &amp; 2 program. The video explains how to introduce the foundational mathematical concept of equivalence.The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 &amp; 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Math: Unit 12 - Staircases and Multiplication
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Child's Play Math: Unit 12 - Staircases and Multiplication

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Staircases and Mutiplication is the twelfth video in the series supporting the Child's Play Math 1 &amp; 2 program. Each multiplication table has a distinct pattern that can be revealed by the rods. The series is comprised of over 60 sequential videos and follows the program outlined in Child's Play Math 1 &amp; 2. Each video provides a practical tutorial using the software app available from the Help Your Child store. The program itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of math concepts and is compatible with any school curriculum. Understanding is achieved via play, games and open-ended tasks and challenges. The program utilises Cuisenaire Rods universally regarded as the most complete arithmetical model ever devised. Sadly their potential is rarely explored. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce math concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years,. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' program for older children or adults who struggled to grasp math concepts the first time round. Because of its unique approach embracing all the learning styles children are able to master maths concepts generally considered 'too difficult' for them. The first four videos are available for free. Videos will subsequently be available in groups of four on a monthly basis. Together they comprise a full year’s course.
Child's Play Math Video Tutorials: Units 9 - 12
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Child's Play Math Video Tutorials: Units 9 - 12

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Videos 9 - 12 of the series that supports and expands upon the Child's Play Maths 1 &amp; 2 program. Child's Play Math is designed to introduce maths concepts to children from the age of 5 years through to the age of 11 years. It can equally be used as an effective 'catch-up' programme for older children or adults who struggled to grasp maths concepts the first time round. Unit 9: Staircases: Why Staircases are very potent mathematical constructions. Unit 10: Mental Agility: An important ability to develop for later work, for example, with fractions and graphs. Unit 11: Extended Staircases: Staircases can be extended beyond the first ten steps just as numbers can extend beyond ten to infinity. Unit 12: Preparation for Multiplication: Each multiplication table has a distinct pattern that can be revealed by the rods. Also included are the accompanying PPT Presentations that comprise part of each video. Four new videos plus the PPT Presentations will be added each month. Together they comprise a full years course. MARCH 2016: Unit 13: Language Development; Unit 14:Introducing Signs; Unit 15: Signs &lt; &gt;; Unit 16: Signs = APRIL 2016: Unit 17: Brackets ( ); Unit 18: Signs -; Unit 19: Signs x; Unit 20: Signs Division MAY 2016: Unit 21: Fractions as Operators; Unit 22: Reviewing; Unit 23: The Importance of Questions; Unit 24: Partitions of Length JUNE 2016: Unit 25: Families of Equivalent Fractions and Products; Unit 26: Families of Equivalent Subtraction; Unit 27:Families of Equivalent Fractions; Unit 28: The First Phase - An Overview JULY 2016: Unit 29: Getting Organised and Moving On; Unit 30:Beyond the Rods; Unit31: Studying Families; Unit 32: Families of Partitions AUGUST 2016: Unit 33: Partitioning Without the Rods; Unit 34:Time Out for 'Talk'; Unit 35: The Commutative Property of Addition; Unit 36: Consolidating - Mental Substitution SEPTEMBER 2016: Unit 37: The 'Grain of Rice' Principle; Unit 38:Free Expression; Unit 39: Families of Equivalent Difference; Unit 40: Extending the Challenge OCTOBER 2016: Unit 41: Families of Factors and Divisors; Unit 42: Factor Families – The Commutative Property of Multiplication; Unit 43: Factor Families – Consolidation; Unit 44: Factor Families – Families of Factors and Divisors NOVEMBER 2016: Unit 45: Numbers Have Names – Fractions as Operators; Unit 46: Families of Equivalent Fractions/Quotients; Unit 47: Equivalent Fraction families – Generating Staircases; Unit 48: Reciprocal Fractions The programme completion date is March 2017
Cuisenaire Rods App Instructional Video
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Cuisenaire Rods App Instructional Video

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Originally created to support the Child's Play Maths early years maths program the app can be used effectively as a stand alone resource for students and teachers. This is a 'how to' video that demonstrates the educational potential of the app. The app can be accessed for free from Page 2 of the Cuisenaire Rods Software Guidelines PDF which is also available from my shop. I hope you take advantage of the offer and enjoy!
Child's Play Maths: Unit 2 - Cuisenaire Rods and the Traditional Approach to Teaching Maths
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Child's Play Maths: Unit 2 - Cuisenaire Rods and the Traditional Approach to Teaching Maths

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‘Cuisenaire Rods and the Traditional Approach to Teaching Maths’ is the second video in the series supporting the Child’s Play Maths programme. The series is comprised of over 60 videos and follows the programme outlined in Child’s Play Maths 1 &amp; 2 providing practical tutorials using the accompanying software. The programme itself adopts a radical and practical approach to the introduction and teaching of maths concepts. Understanding is achieved through play, games and open ended tasks and challenges. It utilises Cuisenaire rods recognised as the most complete arithmetic manipulative ever devised. The programme is designed to introduce maths to young children of around 5 years but can equally be introduced at any time ideally between the ages of 5 to 11. Because of its unique approach that embraces all the learning styles children are invariably able to grasp concepts generally considered ‘too difficult’ for their age. Child’s Play Maths can also be utilised as an effective ‘catch up’ programme for children and adults who failed to grasp maths the first time round. The first two videos are available for free. The remaining videos will be made available in sets of four with the accompanying Power Point Presentations.