Slide-A-Round Math Manipulatives has donated 43 manipulatives to help students in Guatemala. A member of my church, Hector Navarrette, has organized a mission trip to his native country. Because education materials are very scarce, Hector took several different kinds of Slide-A-Rounds with him. With the manipulatives, teachers will have durable visual aids to support their instruction. Teachers can have their students orally express their answers, and they will not need paper and pencils to solve math problems. Many teachers use the strategy of drawing number lines in the United States. Because many schools in Guatemala often lack basic necessities for teaching and learning, such as paper and pencils, I am sure the Slide-A-Rounds will very beneficial for the students and appreciated by their teachers. Students will be able to see, touch, and explain how they found their answers.

Have a safe mission trip! I am sure you are going to make a positive impact on the spiritual life of many children as well as their academic progress.

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