Busal Elementary School (BES) is setting the path of innovative and manipulative instructional materials in teaching Mathematics.

Mathematics can be difficult subject for elementary school children to grasp. The abstract nature of the concept often makes it challenging to explain to young learners. Teaching Mathematics in elementary grades is much easier with the help of a variety of teaching tools that help make Mathematical concepts more concrete. The tools can also demonstrate to pupils how they will use Mathematics in their everyday lives.

“This is beneficial for all learners regardless of their ability,” says Adrian N. Naynes, Teacher-in-charge of Busal Elementary School. He emphasized the manipulative materials in helping pupils visualize concepts, construct meaning, and integrate a more tangible understanding of abstract facts. As part of PROJECT DALISDIS, Daluyan ng Karunungan developed manipulative materials which are used to sustain and support the progress of young learners.

Manipulative are hands-on tools that help pupils figure out simple or complex Math problems. Teachers commonly used brightly colored paper, plastic cups, wooden blocks, or any concrete object as manipulative. Through the aid of manipulatives, teachers can demonstrate how the concept works.

“Using manipulative instructional materials is very effective in elementary grade especially in K-3 because this stage serves as a foundation of learning and they learn more through exploring and experiencing,” says Patrick S. Bacera, Mathematics Coordinator of Busal Elementary School. (Akeem Aron P. Valdeavilla, Teacher I, Busal Elementary School City Schools Division of the City of Tayabas)