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Thursday, October 10, 2013

What is a rekenrek?

 Rekenreks  are another way for your child to "see" numbers up to 20.  They are designed to help children see groups of 5 and 10 (benchmark numbers) quickly.   They can then see how many more they need to get to their next 5 or 10.  

Here is my large Rekenrek.  I use it for whole group instruction.   (It's amazing what you can do with pool noodles, pipe, and 90 degree connectors.) 
This is representing 18.  A child can quickly see 3 groups of 5 and 3 more,10 and 3 more, or even 10, 5, and 3 more. 


Here is what the children are able to use individuality.  ( pony beads, pipe cleaner, and tag board ) 




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