|The Golden Bead Material provides Montessori children with|
a concrete understanding of the decimal system
|Montessori children work with the Golden Bead Material to understand|
the decimal system, to get a hands-on experience of quantity,
and to solve equations in the four operations
When the children can actually feel and touch the quantities, it helps them remember so much more. Out of all the math materials, I would say that my favorite Montessori material to work with would be the Golden Bead Material. I think it is absolutely brilliant that one golden bead represents a unit; ten unit beads in a line become one 10-bar, representing tens; ten 10-bars together make a 100-square, representing 100s; and if you stack ten 100-squares on top of each other, they become a 1,000-cube, representing 1,000s. Sheer genius!
My Favorite Early Childhood Montessori Material - Preschool / Kindergarten: Golden Bead Material
|The Montessori Golden Bead Material|
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, October 25, 2012.