Teaching with the Materials

The Stern materials support the development of a strong number sense, an understanding of order and quantity, a firm grasp of the four operations and a fluency with facts. Each of these manipulatives can be used for several different teaching goals, thereby reinforcing and deepening understanding of concepts and their relationships.

Developing Early Number Sense: Numbers 1-10

Counting Board with Number Markers and Blocks 1 to 10

By fitting the blocks into the proper grooves on the Counting Board, children become familiar with the structure of numbers even before they are introduced to the number names or symbols... Read more

Pattern Boards and 1-Blocks

By presenting a discreet number of cubes carefully arranged in an organized structure, the Pattern Boards invite children to discern the relationship between numbers... Read more

The 10-Box

Teaches all the combinations making 10... Read more

Number Boxes 1 to 10

Teaches the fact families for the numbers up to 10, the relationship between addition and subtraction, problem solving with addition and subtraction... Read more

Equation Template

The Equation Template allows young children to translate into symbolic form what they are discovering about the combinations of numbers... Read more

Developing Understanding of Place Value and Operations: Numbers to 100

20-Tray Showing the Stair from 1 to 20

The 20-Tray demystifies the difficult teen numbers by demonstrating that the sequence and concepts they have internalized regarding numbers 1 to 10 extend to higher numbers, as well... Read more

The 20-Track

The 20 Track provides the children with an introduction to the number line and affords the child the opportunity to discover addition facts for numbers 1 to 20... Read more 

Dual Board, 10-Blocks, 1-Blocks and Number Markers

Teaches place value; addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers; regrouping; multiplication of 10, 9, 8, and 5... Read more

Number Track 1 to 100

The Number Track is a concrete representation of the number line, giving children an understanding of the magnitude of “big” numbers... Read more

Each of these items can be used for several different teaching goals, thereby reinforcing and deepening understanding of concepts and promoting number sense.

Read more about the theory and practice of Stern Math (PDF)