My Montessori Journey

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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Montessori Classroom: working area

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Montessori Classroom: working area

Work area : roll a mat   First thing to learn in Montessori Classroom - roll and unroll a mat In Montessori classroom, rug / mat is the first material a child will start with.  A child learns to roll and unroll a mat for his/her work area.   Why we need  mat / rug for Montessori classroom?  The mat defined the work area.  A child roll a mat to start his/her work. After the work, he/she roll up the work and the cycle is completed.    I don’t see the use of the mat at the first beginning. After...

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