of laying the groundwork, Nancy Walentas launched Reading Manipulatives
in 1996. Nancy actually began developing holistic, hands-on materials
in the 70s in order to teach literacy skills to the wide range of
students she serviced as a Reading Specialist. The positive response
and tremendous skills gains students made when utilizing her materials
launched her into a career of manipulative materials development.
Nancy taught practical reading courses
for the University of Virginia and the University of Colorado in
which teachers learned to create and use individualized, hand-on
materials to build literacy skills. Her collaboration with many
teachers ultimately led to the products offered by Reading Manipulatives.
These are the types of outstanding materials that teachers made
in less hectic and stressful times. Ironically, the active involvement
fostered by manipulatives is more beneficial than ever due to the
pace and interactive nature of life today.
Reading Manipulatives has grown dramatically
because once teachers and students try these materials, they come
back more. Our products are used with students of all ages and abilities.
Individualized, student-centered manipulatives are amazingly effective
with preschoolers through adults, and they address all types and
levels of literacy skills.
The teachers at Reading Manipulatives
want you to see how motivation and skills soar when manipulatives
are added to daily instructional routines. That is why we are offering
a variety of worthwhile, downloadable resources for free on this
web site. In addition, we solicit your feedback since we are continually
developing new products and improving current offerings.