Assessing Hands-On Mathematics is as essential a part of development as the interactive exercises themselves. Our children most enjoy their hands-on mathematics assessment experience. The class is divided into two parts and each child is given two different hands-on assessments to do.
Doing it the hands-on way consolidates learning and the children are able to relate hands-on experiences to mathematical concepts, facts and formulae.
Indeed, children learn through their senses.
Hands-on experiences sharpen their mental and observational skills.
GEMS cooperates with other development programmes such as the Abacus through UC MAS, a Malaysian franchise in India. This builds up speed of mental calculations and has several other advantages. It is simply amazing to watch these ordinary children perform extraordinary. Shakuntala Devi one and all!
Hands-on means to touch and feel mathematical operations and experiment with a variety of manipulatives like cups and beans, tiles, unifix cubes, paper plates, measuring tapes, abacuses, tangrams, ice-cream sticks, buttons and hundred boards and much more – the list seems to be endless. Conceptual understanding grows with the use of manipulatives. Children find their results using their own observations.
The manipulatives provide concrete experience with numbers and the basic operations including important geometrical concepts and problems of mensuration which children find difficult to understand. It is an integrated method of teaching being a combination of laboratory and heuristic methods. Higher order concepts can be introduced at a lower level using hands-on experiences first.
Now every child can understand mathematics hands-on. The materials in the buckets are first distributed to each child. A teacher demonstra+tes a lesson which the children repeat. They write their observations and relate mathematical facts to their observations by doing.
Instructions are provided on topic wise index cards as shown below. From ice cream sticks coloured with vegetable dyes, to cups and beans, our teachers are very inventive.
We provide the materials and index cards. Teachers do not have to spend their time collecting resources. They can plan better instead.