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Concrete experiences, manipulatives, have been used for many years in teaching math (Stern, 1971). However, children and adults have often experienced success with manipulatives, but failure in the world of computation (NCTM, 1989; Moore, 1990; Papert, 1993). They had what has often been described as "application problems". In order to apply these skills to functional problems, imagery was the missing link to retain the concepts of what was learned with manipulatives.
The On Cloud Nine® Math: A Visualizing and Verbalizing® Math Program, developed by Kimberly Tuley and Nanci Bell, successfully stimulates the ability to image and verbalize the concepts underlying math processes.
Concept and Numeral imagery are integrated with language and applied to math computation and problem solving. There is emphasis on both mathematical reasoning and mathematical computation. Individuals of all ages learn to do and enjoy math.
In the On Cloud Nine® math program, as individuals become familiar with the concrete manipulatives, they are questioned and directed to consciously transfer the experienced to the imaged. They image the concrete and attach language to their imagery. The integration of imagery and language is then applied to computation. They develop the sensory-cognitive processing to understand and use the logic in mental and written computation.
The On Cloud Nine® math program teaches the concept of imagery and incorporates this to improve comprehension of the following mathematical procedures and concepts: