In the video below, Nancy Hatton, Lower Elementary Teacher, presents a new math lesson: The Multiplication Bead Board.
She and her student draw a clearer picture of how symbols on paper can only make sense to a child after sensorial experience. When a school removes real objects from learning math concepts, the study can become dry and meaningless. Montessori felt, by feeding a child’s natural interest in all aspects of mathematics, we serve by giving sensorial experiences first and only then the representatives on paper.
The development of the mathematical mind starts with practical life and sensorial exploration in toddler level. Once a child has journeyed through primary, their skills are refined and developed, bringing it all together in the lower elementary level.
Montessori materials are certainly ingenious, watch to see one fresh touch!
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