Using the tens board to create numerals that match the number of beads

As with other Montessori math materials, students are introduced to concepts with each step taught in isolation. Once the initial concept is understood, additional elements are added one at a time until the child has a well-practiced-built-from-the-ground-up understanding.

  • This work begins with the child using the bead bars to count by tens.
  • Next, numerals are added to match. (10, 20, 30…)
  • Then “ones” are added and the child composes unique numerals and quantities with tens and ones.
  • The final step is when the child can read back the numerals to a teacher.

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