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# Bond Blocks

## What's the system suitable for?

Bond Blocks is a comprehensive system for the teaching of basic addition and subtraction facts. The Bond Blocks system has two purposes:

1. Mental Maths for Years 1 to 3

Linking part-part-whole understanding with basic addition and subtraction fact fluency and associated word problems.

2. As a Intervention Support System for students in Years 3 – 6
For older students who count to add and subtract.
The Bond Block Test is used for placement and monitoring. Activities designed to support students with learning disabilities.

## The Blocks

• The blocks are not scored, reducing the tendency to simply count.
• The natural wood colour of the sustainably-sourced New Zealand Pine reduces distraction of colourful plastic and focuses children on the numbers.
• Ten is represented with two different blocks: Linear Ten and an Empty Ten Frame, similar to a ten strip and ten frame.
• They are a ratio of one unit : 2 cm making them easy to manipulate.
• They are self-checking, encouraging number sense and estimation.

There’s a lot you can do with just the Blocks themselves and the Bond Blocks Out of the Box book, but the activity boards (included in a school pack) let you do so much more.

## Over 100 specific activities

The activity boards pack comes with teacher notes and at least one video lesson for each and every activity.

• Ready-to-go and easy to use A3 boards with minimal equipment and setup
• Specifies use of mathematical language
• Streamlined learning and implementation so students get right to the maths

## The Support:

Teaching Modelled in Video

• Explicit teaching of the activity
• Demonstrating to teachers how to link the mathematical manipulative, the language and symbols

Differentiations – Done!

• Free downloads and website instructions to make the activity a little easier or harder

Activity Instructions,  Assessments, Monitoring, Teacher Notes

Example of an activity video

Bond Blocks is available in several configurations

##### Basics Set

Includes one set of Bond Blocks and the Bond Blocks Out of the Box starter book.

##### Group Kit

Suitable for Homeschoolers, tutors and School Intervention for one or two students.

##### Whole School Kit

6 sets of blocks, 3 full sets of the 108 activities printed on quality card stock and the PDF files to be able to print more games on-site (licensed to your school)

## Developed:

• Based on research
• With extensive classroom trials and teacher feedback
• In partnership with Dr Paul Swan (www.drpaulswan.com.au)

## Testimonials

Whether you’re a teacher or homeschooling parent you can be sure Bond Blocks will be an effective tool

"The activities are prescriptive, quick and easy with few materials required. The students particularly like the partner games throughout the program and often ask “are we just playing today?” I was surprised how quickly I saw student progress. It was obvious in their speed and accuracy. The wooden blocks are the genius element of this program - so simple yet effective. The children can see, touch and manipulate the numbers and see them in relation to each other. I would highly recommend this resource for every K-6 teacher. It is applicable for intervention and core teaching."
Amanda H.
Intervention Teacher
“It’s fun. The blocks are made out of wood with numbers on. You get to build a wall, it’s tricky at first but quite fun when you complete it. I’ve learnt my number bonds of 10, 8, 5, 7, and 6. It wasn’t hard to learn because the activities are games”
Ashley
Student

## Put Bond Blocks to Work

Feel free to explore the site. The majority of the support materials are available here for you to view, so you know exactly what quality support materials you get with the Bond Blocks System.

## Aims of the Bond Blocks System

The Bond Block System targets:

• Fluency with number bonds, leading to recall, to add and subtract to 20.
• Robust understanding of addition and subtraction concepts, and relationships between them.
• Flexible, efficient calculating strategies.
• Number concepts including place value.
• Mathematical reasoning and problem solving.
• All students from Years 1 to 3, and older students who require extra support.