|The Golden Bead Material provides Montessori children with|
a concrete understanding of the decimal system
When I first started to learn about Montessori and the materials, just the thought of the math materials made me anxious. But now, I can honestly say it is my favorite curriculum to teach the children.
The hands-on Montessori materials make it easy to learn even the most difficult concepts, and learning the concrete before the abstract only makes sense.
|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
My Favorite Early Childhood Montessori Material - Preschool / Kindergarten: Golden Bead Material
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!
|The Montessori Golden Bead Material|
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, October 25, 2012.