One of the first things Anna asked to do while she recovered somewhat from her travel ordeal is to play on the computer. I was curious to see how much of DreamBox exercises she remembered after 2 weeks break. Wisely she chose activities that were a snap for her – anything that involves manipulating the numbers below 20. Her favorite virtual manipulative in DreamBox is “a math rack”. It looks like an abacus with two lines, each containing 10 beads. I have never seen it in real life, but one of our close friends in Germany sent her a present that she excitedly called “a math rack”. It’s a set of 20 beads with alternating sets of 5 red and 5 blue beads that is set on a long sturdy string. Anna kept playing with it on and off all day saying I am practicing with my math rack. It would be very easy to do at home for anyone so inclined – I actually feel kind of silly for not thinking of it before.
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