My Montessori Journey

Montessori short bead chains and squares - skip counting and preparation of multiplication

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Montessori short bead chains and squares -  skip counting and preparation of multiplication

Montessori short bead chains  This video shows how we use Montessori short bead chains.  They are used for skip counting. An important preparation for multiplication Where to buy Montessori short bead chains  You can find our short bead chains in Online shop Amazon shop ETSY shop     Display for Montessori short bead chains Montessori short bead chains are very colourful. They like the rainbow in our classroom. All the chains are displayed beautifully with a wooden hanger I made this hanger myself because I was not satisfy the store bought hanger.  The store bought one is hard to put chains on/...

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How to hold Montessori cylinder blocks - Grasping skill practice

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How to hold Montessori cylinder blocks - Grasping skill practice

Children learn when they work on Montessori knobbed cylinders. It helps children's fine motor skill. Children learn how to hold a knobbed cylinders and use the same skill to hold a pencil. This work prepares them for handwriting later. The video shows how to hold a knobbed cylinders.         How to use cylinder blocks

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Montessori Math: Fraction

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Montessori Math: Fraction

Fraction is a key learning chapter in Math.  In Canada, school introduce the concept of fraction in grade 3/4.  In our classroom, we introduce fraction in Pre-k / K. That’s the first time princess do fraction skittles.  We talk about ‘whole’ and ‘part of whole’ With the color coded materials, princess matches the cards with skittles.   With the fraction skittles, princess see 2 fourth skittles are equal to 1 halve skittle. That’s the magic of Montessori material. The materials are so well designed. Children get the math concept through the work.   If you are interested, we have our...

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Montessori Math Material: Fraction skittles

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Montessori Math Material: Fraction skittles

Learning Fraction with Fraction skittles and task cards   I recently developed some task cards to go with our fraction skittles I used these fraction skittles to introduce the concept of fraction.  Children can hold the skittles, feel what is the meaning of a whole    Stage 1:  Matching the symbol cards with the skittles Child put the skittles on the task card and find the matching symbol for it   Stage 2: Coloring the fraction part with the given symbols   Putting skittles back to the tray is a learning opportunity Hannah put the skittles into the tray. I...

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Montessori Math : Introduction of Division board

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Montessori Math : Introduction of  Division board

Montessori Math Material - Division Board     In our classroom, I let children try materials when they show interest. Today, princess has interest on the long division material. Therefore, I use the material to introduce division. Well, princess only knows basic addition and subtraction and no knowledge of multiplication.   Instead of using the inverse of multiplication, we introduce ‘fair sharing’ Fair sharing – all beads are shared for all skittles and everyone should have the same amount of beads     To make it more interest, we pick one equation and play doctor game. The question is 20...

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