Though primarily used for mathematics, they have also become popular in language-teaching classrooms, particularly The Silent Way,. They can be used to teach items such as prepositions of place, sentence and word stress.
The rods (réglettes in the original French) are named after their inventor, Georges Cuisenaire (1891-1976), a Belgian primary school teacher, who published a book on their use in 1952 called Les nombres en couleurs. The use of rods for both mathematics and language teaching was developed and popularised by Caleb Gattegno in many countries around the world.
In the system, there are 10 rods measuring 1 cm to 10 cm. Rods of equal length are assigned the same colour. Most Cuisenaire rods follow this system:
Doctor Catherine Stern also devised a set of coloured rods produced by staining wood with aesthetically pleasing colours.
Overcoming difficulties with number; supporting dyscalculia and students who struggle with maths. (CD-ROM included).(Brief article)(Book review)
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