## Benefits of Math Manipulatives

The use of manipulatives in teaching math has a long tradition. Math manipulatives not only allow students to build their own cognitive models for abstract mathematical ideas and processes, but also provide them with a common language with which to communicate these models to the teacher and fellow students. Manipulatives are useful in many ways, and come with several benefits.

1) Math manipulatives engage students, and increase interest in and enjoyment of mathematics as a whole—Students who were given the opportunity to use manipulatives have reported that they were more interested in math.

2) Manipulatives build long-term interest in mathematics, which then translates to increased mathematical abilityThey use concrete objects to observe, model, and internalize abstract concepts easily.

3)  Manipulatives are a powerful tool for classroom assessment and reduce the achievement gap while raising performance levelsProblem-solving, patience, critical thinking, creativity, concentration, and more are just some of the skills that can be achieved.  Students are more capable and competent when they regularly use manipulatives.  It’s a chance for them to become independent thinkers.

Dice

Dice are a great tool to have on hand for math games and activities. There are many types available today, such as these dice in many colors. There are also different sized dice available, such as these large foam dice. Jumbo dice are great for rolling during a class game or for “flashng” to kids to have them call out the number shown. We suggest putting pairs of dice into small clear containers that students can quickly grab and shake while playing games. My favorite type of dice for teaching addition andplaying games are the dice in dice.

Playing Cards

Playing cards make useful math tools because they have numbers on them. They can be used to teach addition and subtraction through games like addition “war” and subtraction “war”. Playing cards are in traditional decks that you can find at most stores or dollar stores. Teachers would benefit from a set of jumbo playing cards to use for lessons and demonstrations as they provide a large visual for kids.

Unifix or Snap Cubes

Unifix cubes are the colored cubes that connect in one way and snap cubes are colored cubes that can connect in different ways. Both can be used in many ways to teach many math concepts, such as patterning, place value, and measurement. Snap cubes are one of the most used math manipulatives. They visually demonstrate many number concepts, such as counting, grouping, adding, and taking away. Children love snapping the cubes together to make number “trains”.

Hundreds Charts

Hundreds charts are important for teaching children to count to 100 in multiple ways. They are visual representations of numbers in order and are filled with patterns that children should be encouraged to find. Hundreds charts are important for whole-class lessons, independent practice, and games. My most used anchor chart on my wall is a hundreds chart, similar to this. We use these durable hundreds boards frequently. I also recommend having a mini hundreds chart visible on student work-spaces. These nameplates also have a ruler, number line, and addition table on them.

Place Value Blocks

Place value blocks are very helpful in teaching counting, number concepts, double-digit addition and subtraction. Place value concepts are more difficult to grasp and using these concrete manipulatives helps build understanding. We suggest have a large bin of of place value blocks similar to those below with enough for each student to represent the numbers you are learning. The magnetic set would be helpful for whole class demonstrations on a whiteboard. If you are teaching PreK or Kindergarten, consider introducing place value during calendar time with this counting pocket chart and straws.

## Compound Interest In Investing

Compounding is the process of generating more return on an asset’s reinvested earnings. To work, it requires two things: the reinvestment of earnings and time. Compound interest can help your initial investment grow exponentially. For younger investors, it is the greatest investing tool possible, and the #1 argument for starting as early as possible.

Compound Interest in Investing

There is a common trait among those who obtain and retain great wealth over a long period of time. This trait is the appreciation of the awesome power of compounding investment returns. It is the source of the colossal wealth of major banks, insurance, and credit card companies in most parts of the world. Those who develop this appreciation, especially when they were young, have an excellent chance of becoming prosperous.

Using compound interest to invest can be done in so many ways and in different windows of investment that are available to humans. For instance, you may use this system by setting aside a given amount of money and re-invest it over time, or you may choose to keep on adding more funds into the investment over time.

Any serious wealth builder cannot afford to ignore the power of compound interest. If you chose to go the way of compounding, results might appear unimpressive in the early years. Of course, there will always be trinkets, expensive cars and luxuries to lure you from your plans. But, think about this: compound interest is like a daredevil ride in an amusement park. It often starts slowly but ultimately reaches tremendous pace and never stops accelerating. Similarly, the joys of financial freedom far exceed the momentary pleasures of buying all the latest toys. It is definitely worthwhile to persist.

How to benefit from compound interest in investing

• Start investing early using whatever funds available to you – even is it is just \$100. Do not procrastinate as this holds you back.
• Learn to be content with satisfied with reasonable rates of return. If you want to chase high returns, it may cause you to take bigger risks with your money.
• Have a plan that allows you to save at least 10% of your take home pay for investment every month. Setting up an automatic payroll deduction monthly is an excellent way to accomplish your goals.
• Try to pay off your home mortgage as soon as you can. And if possible, go for an open mortgage with no prepayment penalties. The sooner you pay off your mortgage, the less interest you pay.
• Also, try not to put yourself in credit card and other high-interest debt. They could become compounding working against you.

Start investing early for your children, preferably at birth. Investing early enhances your compounding returns.

Check out the following calculator to see how the compound interest can be used to estimate the future value of current investments!

https://www.nerdwallet.com/banking/calculator/compound-interest-calculator

## Students Learn Effectively with One-on-One Tutoring

With one-on-one tutoring, each student can choose a tutor that best suits his or her liking.  As a result, the students will stay more focused on their work rather than how much they dislike the tutor. By choosing the right tutoring company that fits your needs, you will be giving you child best gift they can receive:  Effective learning!

Benefits of one-on-one tutoring

After school tutoring is practically the norm today. Even in these economically challenging times, parents still put their children’s educational needs first.  They realize that the best gift they can give their child is a good education. That’s why so many choose one-on-one tutoring.  Below are the top benefits:

1. Class will never go on without the student.

If the student doesn’t show up for a conversation, neither will the instructor. So the student will never miss out on learning or fear falling behind.

2. High-quality interaction where students feel heard.

With one-on-one tutoring, instructors are committed to listening to the student and actively responding. Though instructors often initiate or organize sessions, conversations are almost always student driven. The student has control over the questions they ask, and the feedback they receive from their instructors.

3. Low stress environment frees students from the fear of failure.

Through one-on-one interactions, students learn to trust their instructors and are given a completely safe space to openly share. In classroom settings pressured by peers, some students fear answering questions, making mistakes or taking risks. With caring, considerate online school teachers there is no wrong answer or silly question and students do not have to fear being themselves.

4. Instructors can measure the student’s progress.

In a one-on-one relationship, teachers can get to know their student’s fully and keep track of their progress, gauging their successes and struggles. Instructors can then adjust or completely alter lesson plans, deadlines, course projects etc so as to fully serve the student.

5. Gives students the opportunity to step up and not rely on others.

In self-driven course work, students cannot rely on their peers, copy someone else’s work or fall back on the ideas of others. This highly increases a student’s personal responsibility over their learning, forcing them to take course work seriously and fully master the materials.

6. Eliminates many distractions.

Without the distraction of a room full of other people, students can focus all of their attention on their instructor and the material learned. One-on-one tutoring enables the student to use all of their brain power on school and not on the environment around them.

7. Ability to personalize conversations and assignments.

Not only are students able to address only the things that they need help, they are also able to mold their conversations with instructors to match their interests. Students can develop their course schedules, projects, test styles etc to match their unique learning styles.  Instructors will always align conversations and assignments with what interests and inspires the student.

8. Instructors adapt to the student’s communication style

One-on-one interactions give students excellent opportunities to practice conversing with one person at a time. Instructors are also careful to communicate in similar ways that the student does. Students will not have to interpret the decode the lessons, and then figure out after the tutoring session. Instead, communication, sharing of ideas, and questions and answers are molded to the student’s preferences.

With Infinity Math Tutoring, you will have a Math Professional on your doorstep. We tailor our math instruction to your individual needs, and provide those services around your unique schedule! Tutoring is on a one-on-one basis, with the same tutor. Tutor rapport and consistency are our primary focuses in helping students master math concepts, quickly!