Are Base Ten Blocks a Newer Idea in Mathematics?


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Base ten blocks were advocated for teaching children mathematical and numerical concepts by Catherine Stern in 1949. The trend of representing number concepts including place value and large numbers with base ten blocks gained popularity during the 1950 and continues throughout the 21st century.

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Physical models of abstract mathematical concepts are thought to be essential for children in understanding math practically and conceptually. Base ten blocks provide an exemplary model for basic concepts of the number system; they also aid in the understanding of complex relationships such as divisors, multiples and square numbers. Base ten blocks are a modern form of mathematical education.

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