Saturday, February 4, 2012

Addition with Golden Beads

For the older children, they have progressed through many of the other math materials and have moved onto golden beads. Again this is an amazing Montessori material that teaches units (ones), tens, hundreds and thousands concretely. We have many exercises that begin with teaching the quantity then the symbol and finally matching quantity with symbol. Once they understand this we move onto the operations beginning with addition without change.
Once the child understands this concept, we begin addition with change or dynamic addition. Here the child realizes they have to go to the "bank" and change 10 unit beads for a ten bead bar and carry it over into the tens column. From here we actually move to multiplication as it is really just "fast adding!" Stay tuned!

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