As we have mentioned before, Montessori math materials are BRILLIANT and will help the child understand so many math concepts for years to come. The contact that these children have with these concrete materials will last a lifetime! The squaring chains are no exception to this brilliance! Some of our older children are very interested in the chains and excited to interact with this material.
We carry the chain to the rug and begin by counting. We actually have labels for each break in the chain that are not shown here. The child counts and labels, then we "square" the chain. Here is the six chain. At each break, the child places the label. So for six it is 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, and 36. The child can see how the chain makes a square when we fold up the chain.
This is how we hold and carry the chain. (To avoid it being swung around!)
Many children like to complete the worksheet by filling in the circles and labels so they can take the information home.