New Insight: How Children Learn Math

This is part of our “Waldorf Education in the News” series. We use this series of posts to direct you to news relating to Waldorf educational principles highlighted in the news or supported by scientific studies. To see more articles like this click the “Waldorf in the News” link to the right. You can use this series to gain more insight yourself or help others understand why you choose Waldorf education for your child.

Waldorf Principle Explored: Waldorf Math & Manipulatives

Anyone using Waldorf math with their child is familiar with the stories, manipulatives and hands-on experiences that take center stage in the lessons. The article below explores the importance of this method…

BBC News

Teaching maths using abstract gestures is a good way to help children learn, research suggests. Eight-year-olds gained a deeper understanding of mathematical principles by using their hands as well as their brains, say US psychologists.

Children were taught to solve formulae such as: “4 + 2 + 6 = _ + 6” by making a V-point beneath the numbers to be added, then pointing at the blank. Read more at BBC News.

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