The Math Learning Center is committed to offering free tools, materials, and other programs in support of our mission to inspire and enable individuals to discover and develop their mathematical confidence and ability.
Whenever I go to a conference, people stop by our booth to play around with our manipulatives and apps. Nearly everyone says something to the effect of, “Oh cool!” or “I’m downloading that as soon as I get home.”
When I was going through school, I always gravitated toward mathematics (and math-based science classes). I never really thought about what math actually is, only that, well, I liked it. As long as my grades were good, I didn’t really pause to consider what the numbers stood for.
Recently I watched a toddler in a doctor’s office working to sort shapes in one of those wooden shape sorter benches. He concentrated intently on his work. Rather than trying a block in each opening, he would study the block in his hand carefully before attempting to fit it into the correct spot. Often he had the right shape but needed to reposition it to fit.