Montessori Tides math materials are beautiful and wonderful tools to help a child learn mathematics naturally. These materials intrigue and entice the development of the “mathematical mind”. Children begin by manipulating the materials. Once that spark of curiosity ignites, they begin to learn the function of each material, as they develop through our three year elementary program.
Nancy Hatton recently attended the American Montessori Society’s National Conference in San Francisco. She came back with a renewed interest to share and give our school community a better understanding of what these materials are, what benefits they offer your child academically, psychologically and developmentally, how they build brain power, and how they prepare the child for what’s beyond our school, standardized testing. The most basic principle behind Montessori mathematics is that a child always learn new concepts with concrete material, which are designed to direct the child step by step from the most concrete representation to pure abstraction.
She begins our Math Works series with the first and most concrete math material a child will see in a Montessori classroom, the Golden Beads. The child can touch and feel how each bead builds upon the other. With these simple math materials a child will learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers.
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