Our brains are made up of 5 different networks that are involved when we think about math. Two of those networks are visual pathways. Neuroimaging has shown that much of mathematical thinking is visual. Our brains want to think about math visually. We here at We Play Math want to capitalize on that natural inclination by encouraging visual thinking in regards to math and strengthening neural pathways between areas of the brain that deal with numbers and math concepts.
We use Math Labs in addition to the regular daily lessons, because they are the ideal place in which to present math concepts visually and allow students to work creatively to solidify connections between ideas and build number sense. Math Labs encourage hands-on experimentation and collaboration. Each level of We Play Math has about two Math Labs in addition to all of the regular lessons.