What is MathRack?


The original arithmetic rack, also known as a Rekenrek, was developed by Adrian Treffers, a mathematic curriculum researcher, at the Freudenthal Institute in Holland.  It was designed to support the natural mathematical development of children’s addition and subtraction strategies as well as encourage and enhance children’s strategic mathematical thinking.

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Though it resembles an abacus it is not based on place value columns and it is not used in that way.  It is comprised of two rows of tens, each broken into two sets of five.  This allows the children to ‘privilege 5’ and ‘think 10’ which leads to better number sense, efficient calculation and quick recall of math facts.