Students **understand **the concepts and make connections between the numbers, learn how to do **mental calculations** and as a result are able to not have to review, drill and practice to learn the necessary math to move on to the next concept.

Students are given great **visual tools**, such as number bonds and bar models that visually explain the** relationships amongst numbers**. Students are constantly **challenged **to really think as they do math, and because they canâ€™t just race through the problems, they find it **mentally stimulating**.