Montessori education uses beads in much of the math curriculum. Beads are first used for counting, and later adding, subtracting, skip counting, multiples, division, place value, and units. The use of beads are a wonderful tool for teaching many mathematical concepts in a concrete- see and touch- way. The other great thing about math beads is their beautiful display cabinet. The bead cabinet holds all multiples 1-10 and has a striking appearance that sparks a child’s curiosity to touch and learn more.
In the video below, Nancy Hatton, Montessori Tides Elementary Directress gives a math lesson on skip counting. Skip counting is used to teach multiples and multiplication. After a child receives an introductory lesson they are free to work with the material on their own.
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