Many of the strategies and models we use are different than the ways you may have learned math, and that is alright! The math program we use incorporates math manipulatives and visual models into the lessons to help students make sense of math concepts and learn multiple strategies or ways to communicate their thinking. Once students have this conceptual understanding they often are ready to learn more "traditional" approaches.
What types of math tools do second graders use?
Popsicle Stick Bundles
Base Ten Area Pieces