Most of our learning is non-conscious.
Schools make use of displays to communicate information to children. This kind of information immersion is used to good effect by advertisers. Just think how easily children learn a tune or pop-song.
At this stage we are making no conscious attempt to memorise facts and will not attempt to do so. Nevertheless your child will by now have made certain discoveries about the rods independently. These unconscious discoveries will have occurred while he/she was 'playing' with the rods. At the risk of becoming a bore I will repeat the mantra that play is an absolutely fundamental prerequisite for success. It is the source of rich experience that children will draw upon increasingly as new concepts are introduced.
By now your child will have discovered that:
- Rods of the same color are also equal in length.
- Rods of equal length are the same color.
- Rods of different colors have different lengths.
- It is possible to make equal lengths by puttingcertain rods end to end.
Your child will also have begun to acquire an unconscious understanding of number bonds to 10.
To 'know' that blue is the same length as pink and yellow placed end to end
is to 'know' that B = p + y
or that 9 = 4 + 5
Thus your child will also have begun to acquire an unconscious understanding of number bonds without even realising it!
At a later stage of the program when they are asked what two numbers make ten children will be able to visualise the pattern for 10.
Fingers will definitely not be needed.
If you observe children you may find them beginning to try and organise their work.
The pattern below reveals an understanding of the commutative property of addition.
Researcher Paul Torrance tested 182 students, aged 10 - 21, half of whom were sighted and half of whom were blind. Using words to stimulate their imaginations he tested their response and found that the blind learners scored significantly higher in creative imagery.
In the next post we look at an interesting and powerful arrangement of the rods you may well have seen your child construct.
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