“Children often call me the “Digi-Block lady” and choose to build and play with them at recess time. They love the consistency of packing tens and they get excited when the packed blocks are “ejected” on the place value organizers. I brought them out for Open House and some parents told me that their children are asking for Digi-Block for presents! Some of the most impressive uses I have seen with Digi-Block are activities practicing number sense, base ten digits and place value in grades 1 through 4. In some cases, having Digi-Block has raised our grade level expectations. For example, in first grade, they don’t just practice numbers up to 100, they show the place value organizer in the early part of first grade and show and practice 3 digit numbers. In fourth grade, when learning decimals, they have used the decimal digis and understood how to add and subtract with them, when the state standard is to be able to read, name, and write decimals to the hundredths. The website and the Packed with Math teaching manuals are very useful resources. Teachers love showing me how they created a Digi-Block game or activity.”

– Anissa Amancio, Elementary Math Coach
Attleboro Public Schools, Attleboro, Massachusetts

“If I had to keep only one math manipulative in my class, it would be Digi-Block. I’ve seen major breakthroughs in my students’ understanding of mathematical concepts. The same students who said they didn’t like math at the beginning of the year, now exclaim that ‘math is so much fun!’ I’ve even noticed that the girls in my class particularly enjoy Digi-Block – it’s the first thing that has brought them into the math corner.”

– Barb Lauback, Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Meadowbrook School, Weston, Massachusetts

“I believe that with Digi-Block, all students can learn very abstract mathematical concepts through modeling and the manipulation of the Blocks. Before the Digi-Block program, there were some students who did not have a clear, developed understanding of the size of hundredths and thousandths as it related to a whole. Now students can clearly see this and develop their own understanding of place value.”

– Kevin Yates, Sixth Grade Mathematics Teacher
Kingsview Middle School, Olney, Maryland

“The children are so motivated that they can’t wait to use the Blocks. We are spending time building numbers and seeing how quantities can be represented in a variety of ways. This work is helping students develop a strong number sense. In the past, those students who appeared to work effectively with addition struggled with the concept of borrowing. The Blocks provide a concrete model for students to understand why borrowing is necessary.”

– Carol Schoening, Teacher
Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, Illinois

“Successes come in small packages, and they are what feed our spirits as we teach… This is my third year using the Digi-Block materials and my enthusiasm continues to grow each year.”

– Carol Hamilton, Third Grade Teacher and Mathematics Department Co-chair
Nashoba Brooks School, Concord, Massachusetts

“I’m so excited by what my children are doing! After we worked with addition and the students packed and unpacked the Blocks, they naturally transferred their understanding to subtraction! I am thrilled. I know they are learning because of what they are saying and writing. The Blocks have eliminated some of the extra steps that I had to take in previous years.… I will share with you that I have not considered myself a brilliant math teacher. With the Digi-Block program, I see kids making the connections. I hear them using the appropriate language. I’m feeling more confident as a math teacher.”

– Terri Sheddan, Second Grade Teacher
Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, Illinois