Master Innovations, Inc. is a company that makes math manipulatives that help teach various math concepts at the concrete level. Children get hands-on experience using these tools so that they can actually see the concepts.
While the company was originally created with the goal of putting a master ruler in the hands of every classroom child, they were so successful that they created other math manipulatives as well.
For review, our family received the Master Ruler Standard ($9.95), the Master Ruler Metric ($9.95), a Mastering the World of Measuring reproducible workbook ($15.95), and the Marvels of Measures educational poster ($10.00). They also have a Master Ruler Starter Set available which includes a standard ruler, metric ruler, workbook and teacher’s model ruler for $41.25. That set is pictured here:
Here is the poster we hung on our wall:
Gunn Ranch Academy thoughts on the Master Ruler:
Overall we really enjoyed using this. It’s one of those things I probably would have overlooked, or not ever discovered because I wasn’t looking for it. But I would certainly encourage folks who are teaching children of any learning type to invest in one of these puppies.
We first broke into the package to use it to measure quilt squares for a project Taylor was doing. We used the 1/4 inch to mark the seams she was sewing.
Then we dove into the workbook we were sent to see what it was all about. The fact that the ruler seperates into different layers and then comes back together to superimpose the measurements is brilliant. Each fractional measurement has its own color and index tab. The child can absolutely visualize the individual measurements, which does indeed show the child the difference between 1/16th, 1/8th, 1/4th, 1/2 and one inch marks on the ruler. Then, when put back together, the child can better visualize each smaller measurement together in the big picture. Again, this is just brilliant in my opinion.
I could certainly see the light go on when Taylor measured the figures in the workbook with the ruler. I really liked how easy it made explaining fractions to her. The pages on fractions definitely show the child the concepts with ease. This is just a great tool for learning equivalent fractions.
It also definitely helps bring forth the idea of metric measurement. I was able to discuss how logical and easy metric measurement is, how a majority of the world uses metrics, and how I use metrics as a veterinarian. This certainly helped bring home the fact that math is necessary in our everyday world.
I thought the colorful poster was cute and a great addition to our homeschool room wall. We have referred to the poster over the weeks many times already.
If your family doesn’t use a manipulative based math program, or would like additional help to concrete these important concepts into their minds, then I would most certainly recommend these additional math resources. The ruler is recommended for children 5 years of age and above.
Rulers for measurement are a dime a dozen, and can be very confusing with all the marks when teaching a child about measurement. The Master Ruler, however, is an absolutely brilliant concept that actually shows the child what measurement is all about. I’m in total agreement with this company that every school child should have a Master Ruler in their hands.
You can see lots of examples of the rulers, workbooks, how they are used, testimonial videos, and check out the other products over at the website.
Read more reviews of this and the other products Master Innovations, Inc. has to offer over at the Crew Blog.
I received this set of products as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. No other compensation was received and opinions are my own.