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Mason, Charlotte
See "Charlotte Mason" entry.

Math Manipulatives
Math manipulatives refers to hands-on educational tools that help students build concrete models of abstract math concepts so they can better understand them. Manipulatives include pattern blocks, cuisenaire rods, color tiles, geoboards, dice, tangrams, counters, spinners, and more.

Manipulatives help students connect math terminology and symbols to practical application. With manipulatives students can test their theories and reasoning to solve math problems. They make learning math more tangible and fun. You can make your own math manipulatives out of items you find around the house (like pennies, pebbles, or dried beans) or you can purchase them from educational suppliers.

Montessori Education
Based on the life's work of Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori method has a broad vision of education and follows the natural development of the individual child and their innate directive that freely guides them toward growth and maturity.

The children's innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the specific materials under the guidance of a trained adult. Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities. Montessori recognizes a developmental order from birth to adulthood and activities and environment are adjusted to suit developmental needs. To Learn More:

Moore, Dr. Raymond & Dorothy
Known as the "grandparents of the homeschooling movement" they were involved with homeschooling for over 55 years. They are the authors of The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook that included their "Moore Formula" for successful homeschooling and they are the founders of The Moore Foundation that assists homeschool parents.

Multiple Intelligences
The theory of multiple intelligences was developed by Howard Gardner, a psychologist and prolific author, who proposed that every person possesses at least 8 kinds of intelligences to different degrees that include: linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily kinesthetic, interpersonal, musical, spatial, naturalist, and intrapersonal.

Since schools typically gear their curriculum toward linguistic and logical-mathematical learners, it is not the best place for everyone to learn. He suggests that curriculum should be custom-tailored to address and emphasize an individual's strengths and manage the weaknesses. To learn more:

Math U See — This popular math curriculum for grades K-12 includes an emphasis on working with manipulatives to build concepts, viewing a video to hear and see how the process works, and then using workbooks to practice the concepts.

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