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Subject: Base 10 blocks or Cuisienaire Rods. UPDATE I have decided.
Date Posted: 9/7/2009 11:56 PM ET
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Base 10 blocks or Cuisienaire Rods. I'm trying to decide which ones to use as maipulatives for homeschooling.

Can anyone give me their experience on using one or the other or both.

UPDATE: I just bought Cuisenaire Rods.

Thank you guys for your help.



Last Edited on: 9/9/09 9:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/8/2009 8:56 AM ET
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We've used Cuisenaire Rods over the years. It's funny, just the other day I thought maybe we should get rid of them as our youngest is 10...then on his Florida virtual math course, he needed them!

No experience with Base 10 blocks but we used the rods a lot when my children were younger. I also bought 2 of the rulers with the track in the center where the rods can fit and be measured. Timberdoodle used to sell the rods and rulers.

Good luck!


Subject: don't like Cuisinaire rods
Date Posted: 9/9/2009 12:41 PM ET
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I nixxed the use of the cuisinaire rods as they are a rod with a color, no markings, have to memorize cm length that means the number. My oldest responded better to his Math U See blocks as they had a dividing line between each unit so the 2 could count as 2 units, didn't have to memorize that whatever color means 8. KWIM?

I originally planned to use Miquon and Cuis. Rod books as math but didn't like them, so in K grade after seeing a HS mom's MUS I bought it and it worked great for that son x5 years. Younger son started in w MUS unit block things & MUS & thrived from age 4-grade 2. Love MUS and their blocks. (After a while my kids did by themselves memorize color of MUS blocks to number but it was not forced thing to have to do in order to convert the block in brain to the number. I hope I'm explaining the point well. LOL.)

Date Posted: 9/9/2009 1:08 PM ET
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We use base 10 blocks.  They have single blocks to count as ones, rods that have 10, flats that have 100, and a cube that has 1000.  You don't have to constantly count out singleton blocks and such.  I like the kind by Learning Resources that has stackable ones that push together like Legos as they don't spill around as much.  I didn't like the Math-U-See ones as much as they have units of 2, 3, 4, etc. which is just too much for me to keep track of and dig through the find what we need.