Sunday, March 1, 2009
Click Click Click
So I was reading a book the other day, and what does it mention but Cuisenaire rods! Anyone else remember these from grade school? I remember being so excited when the teacher got these out. They're so cheerful and colorful and the sound they make when you pour them out is so satisfying. It's fun! It's a toy!
Then we'd do stuff like this:
Yawn. It always seemed like the teachers weren't exactly sure how to use these things. They'd make a half-hearted attempt to weave them into a lesson about fractions, then they'd give up and let us mess around for a few minutes.
Now we're talking! I just loved to move them around, click them against each other, sort them, and enjoy the colors.
Then, a few years ago, I came across a set of them at the thrift store. For $2.50, I got a complete set of the rods and three workbooks. I think my grade school teachers might have benefited from the workbooks.
I especially like this book, Spatial Problem Solving:
Don't get me wrong, I had great teachers in grade school, but they really missed the boat with the Cuisenaire rods! Oh well. I'll just play with them now.