The ten frames were introduced today in class and this is the first time I have heard about it and how it have been amazingly used to teach young children about whole numbers.

Benefits that I have learnt using ten frames for children at the stage of learning numbers were;

**Concrete**– in manipulating**one concrete material**(the bean) and making ten literally by placing one bean in one frame**(****one-to-one correspondence)****Visual**– children are able to**keep track of counting**and see that a full ten frame makes 10 and anything less than that is less than 10. Thus**c**ultivating**place value**(1 in relation to 10).- Arranging and rearranging of the concrete materials will not change the number (quantity) and thus build up children’s
**number conservation**. - As the activity moves on, children can also spot
**number bonds**readily within the ten frames.

Figure 1: Getting children to spot “how many more” to make 10.

Figure 2: Children can eventually move on to pictorial and making number bonds.

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