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## Topic: Question about Math U See Manipulatives

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 Gabe N. (momx2) Subject: Question about Math U See Manipulatives Date Posted: 7/26/2011 9:44 PM ET Member Since: 12/2/2008 Posts: 28 Back To Top

Is anyone using Base 10 blocks or Cuisinair blocks with Math U See,  instead of buying the Math U See Manipulatives?  If so, does it work fine?

Thanks!

momx2

 Date Posted: 7/27/2011 6:50 AM ET Member Since: 2/10/2007 Posts: 79 Back To Top

It should!  I used to have some Cuisinair blocks as well as the Math U See manipulatives, and the only thing I can think of that might be different is maybe the colors of the blocks.  They might actually be the same colors, but I can't remember.  Also, you would need to check and see if they have a similar amount of each, for example, the Math U See set has at least 4 of the 100's squares.  I am thinking that my Cuisinair block sets didn't have as many of each kind and that may be why I ended up with both kinds.

 Date Posted: 8/9/2011 4:11 PM ET Member Since: 6/5/2007 Posts: 9 Back To Top

I just posted that I'm willing to trade all my Math-U-See manipulatives.  If you are interested.

PM me and let's see if we can work out a deal.   I'm willing to trade them for some credits.

Thanks,

Naomi

 Date Posted: 8/17/2011 10:17 AM ET Member Since: 7/19/2006 Posts: 181 Back To Top

Cuisinaire is a flat block it has nothing to count. We liked the MUS blocks as they have bumps to count that correlate to the number it is. 2 bumps = 2. With Cuisinaire the child memorizes the color means =2, other color = 3, etc.

Of course while working with MUS blocks the kids, over time, memorize the color to the number but, in the beginning it can be confusing IMO.

 Date Posted: 8/24/2011 11:49 AM ET Member Since: 8/5/2011 Posts: 295 Back To Top

Anyone looking for MUS books or supplies should visit the MUS swap.

 Date Posted: 9/11/2011 9:46 AM ET Member Since: 7/14/2007 Posts: 1 Back To Top

Cuisinaire rods are different colors than Math-U-See and they are a little smaller. I like MUS because they actually can be put together to build. My kids like them best to play with, too. I don't think using the Cuisinaire rods with MUS curriculum would work very well in the early grades especially.