I love all the Montessori math materials. They build sequentially on previous learning, introduce concrete learning before abstract learning, are self-correcting, and isolate the difficulty being learned. But there’s one material I find absolutely brilliant.
That material is the golden bead material. It’s used to give a concrete introduction to the decimal system and is an amazingly understandable, hands-on introduction. I wonder how many people who struggled with math would have had a much easier time if they had worked with the Montessori golden bead material.
Here’s an introduction to some of the preparations for Montessori math and early Montessori math work:
And here’s the introduction to the decimal system. Golden bead work starts with the introduction of quantity for units, tens, hundreds, and thousands:
Here are online directions for introducing Montessori math materials:
Info Montessori has a lot of information on using Montessori math materials.
Child and Me has links to Montessori math directions and information on making your own Montessori bead material.
To buy golden bead material, here is a list of Montessori suppliers:
Here’s a forum with a discussion about the best sources for Montessori materials.
Here are links for making your own Montessori bead material:
For ideas on making your own golden bead material, here are some helpful posts:
Montessori at Home has a whole series about making the complete Montessori bead material for a homeschool:
Walk Beside Me made the Montessori bead material after reading the Montessori at Home series.
Montessori Mom has directions for making and introducing the golden bead material.
Homemade Montessori has ideas for making golden beads and other Montessori bead materials.
Homemade Montessori also made wooden number cards which could be used for the bank game and other activities with the golden beads.
Seedpod Craft Studio made Montessori bead material but decided to make it ruby rather than golden.
UPDATES: You’ll find links to ideas for making your own 1-9 bead bars here: DIY Bead Bars.
Making Montessori Ours has a post with a helpful idea for storing Montessori bead materials: Make a Compact Montessori Bead Cabinet.
What is your favorite Montessori math material?
Photo Credit: Photo from Montessori School of Syracuse
This post was part of The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science@home with the theme of “Maths”, which isn’t just about counting! Our bloggers have written about games, materials, memory, shapes, graphs and more. Check out the links at the bottom to find some other great posts on Maths.
Please take the time to visit the other participants and check out their posts on “Maths.”
- Marita at Stuff With Thing writes about meal time maths with the help of our dinner table centrepiece and other food related maths fun
- AmandaB at HomeAge talks about numbers, shapes and sizes, who knew that nested building blocks could be so much more fun than just building them up and knocking them down!
- For Cass at Schooling Choices the car is one of her favorite learning tools. She thinks you could teach a child almost everything they needed to know about Math without ever leaving the car.
- Deb at Science@home let her kids raid the chocolate to measure and compare with scales and graphs.
- Backyard Safari is a right-brained person who spent a lifetime struggling with math, but comes to see the light through the wonder of nature.
- SMMART Ideas is another food learner, estimating with beans, noodles and cereal…and getting a little number writing practice in there too!
- For Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey, learning to tell the time is an important part of learning for a child, and it incorporates areas of Maths such as number recognition, counting, sequences and general numeracy.
- Narelle at A Bunch of Keys has a simple sorting activity that can be done with young children using things found around the home.
- Colin at Super Parents is writing about the discipline of maths, memory, and recall at 7 years old.
- Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now loves all the Montessori math materials. But there’s one material she says is absolutely brilliant.
- Miss Carly from Early Childhood Resources has a range of different mathematics activities that you can play with your children of all age groups!
- Ash from Mm is for Me has been having some number fun for little learners!
- The Planning Queen at Planning With Kids has games to teach number recognition to preschoolers – so they don’t know you’re doing it!
- Julie at Works For Me Homemaking says it might surprise you to know that maths is heavily reliant on language. Here is a brief discussion of some of the “language” of maths and why children struggling with language development may find maths difficult.
Thanks for visiting our carnival, we hope you find some interesting new blogs.