## Number Sticks & Number Stick Math

It has been a long time since any new math manipulative has crossed my path. Most are based on rods or sticks; from Cuisenaire rods to Multilinks. I have a cabinet full of well-used articles to demonstrate math concepts concretely. So it would be difficult for a new and different manipulative to impress me. Well, it happened. I met Dr. Des Rainey at the NSSEA convention this yearbarely made it to the booth as I was (in typical fashion) running late. He had traveled all the way from New Zealand with his invention, the Number Stick, primarily in use in the NZ school system, where it is referred to as the "Kiwi Number Stick" and used with Dr. Rainey's activity books. These books use a systematic approach to help children develop a number-family knowledge base, basically by discovery through manipulation, game play and practice activities all using Number Sticks.

Each number stick comes with ten ball-clips in two colors. At present, these are: purple/silver, orange/pink, red/green, blue/yellow, though combinations can change without notice. I would strongly suggest ordering at least two. While we cannot accommodate your choice in color (ours arrive in mixed batches), we WILL make sure you get two of the same color combination. If ordering more than two, every set of two will be in a different color combination unless you specify that you want them the same.

Activity books below practice early math concepts. They focus on imparting a strong sense of a number and the parts (addends, factors, etc.) that "make up" the number. While I believe a child would also have his facts memorized after working through them, you can follow up with a drill program if needed.

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Number Stick Item #: 054112
Retail: \$7.50
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Number Stick Early Numeracy Guide Item #: 054365
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Number Stick Kindergarten Guide Item #: 054367
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Number Stick Activities 10 To 20 Item #: 054363
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Number Stick Activities to 10 Item #: 054364
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Number Stick Subtraction Item #: 054369
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Number Stick Guide Item #: 054366