So, I finished my school year today so obviously my head's been in planning for next year for about five weeks! My 4-7 class next year is all boys and three girls, and they are all very average maths students except for one who is about 1.5 years ahead at this point. They are still very much at a concrete learning stage.
I want to bulk up my resources so I just have stuff on hand in containers in my classroom so I don't have to faff about borrowing from the library, and, tbh, I don't like sharing (only child, see!). What would be your must haves for maths manipulatives? On my list I have:
Geocubes (and RATs and semicircles)
Geoboards and rubber bands
Am I missing anything?
Also, what would you do with my maths genius boy? He would seriously be extremely happy just to work his way through a textbook and have daily conferences. Do you think it's ok to do this? He is honestly at least a year ahead of all the others, and he'll only be in year 6. It's my first year having a solo student so far ahead and in a league of his own.