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Using blocks, it is obvious that if you put the violet block I just mentioned on top of the mauve bloc k, you could write that as 6/12, but, if you prefer to call the violet block ‘one’ then what you have is 1/2. Now you will understand why it would be a mistake to start off by saying this block is five, or six or whatever; it is a yellow block or a violet block. You can decide which to choose as your unit, and the others will rate accordingly, as equal to two or three or half or one-third of the unit.

It is possible so to arrange the blocks that all these facts are visible at the same time, without counting. The beads that are used did give a sound knowledge of multiplication facts, but only by accurate counting. With the blocks, it is possible to explore larger numbers than twelve, asking first which other numbers add up to make them, then, have they my factors? ) and so on. Suppose you have put a ten-unit, with a seven-unit beside it, you try first with the pink two-units; they don’t fit evenly, so it’s an odd number; then you try the others in turn, until you find that seventeen is indeed a prime number also, no factors.

Zigzags and circular scribbles are followed by circles with indications of eyes and mouth, plus arms and legs. All children seem to go through these stages if they are given the chance to draw. Our batch seemed to reach each stage rather sooner than average, no doubt as a natural outcome of beginning early. I have always been delighted to watch a small child painting, the sure little hand holding the brush six or seven inches from the tip, watching so carefully, one length of the line just as important as another, the child totally wrapped up in creation.

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