## Thursday, April 10, 2014

On days that we're not doing any "themed" activities, we work on our bead materials and lately the golden beads has been a favorite in the house.  Technically, this activity is good for 2 or more participants but since we have no other kid at home that can participate I volunteered for that position :)

So this is a simple addition "game" as I always tell my son.  Using our small number cards, I would create a random 4 digit number for both of us and we're going to fetch the equivalent of that number using the golden beads.

Then someone has to add or combine them all together to determine the total.  But since we don't have a third person to do that, my son and I did this together.  We combined our beads and counted them.  I made him identify the number of thousand cubes, hundreds, tens and ones.

Using the small number and large number cards, I made him add the numbers to check whether our counting with the golden beads is correct.  Here I showed him that we can add quantities by combining or manually counting, but it always easier to do the addition using the technique below.

Here's the layout of our work.And we did a few more.  I also made him use the activity sheet (Stamp Game sheet) from Montessori Printshop so he can practice writing 4 digit numbers.

Though it's a good activity for addition, it is quite overwhelming for one child to do.  After a few work on numbers he complained that its tiring.

Next, we'll attempt to have a Stamp Game.  We'll see how he'll react to it :)

#### 5 comments:

1. Hi! I love your blog, activities and insight! I am strongly considering homeschooling my current Kindergartener next school year. I'm gathering materials and ideas. I have a question about the golden rods math activity and number cards. When adding, how do you demonstrate carrying a number to the next place value. For example if you are adding 8+4 in the ones column, how do you show it becoming a 2 and adding one to the tens? I'm only slightly familiar with the Montessori Methods and I am trying to learn. I am a teacher that is certified in traditional methods, but I'd like to incorporate Montessori activities with my son. Thanks for your wonderful information !!! :)

1. Hi there! Sorry, I didn't mention that we're doing static addition as of the moment. But if you wanted to know about the carrying over of a number here's a link to youtube that best demonstrates the dynamic addition. Hope this helps. Thank you and goodluck!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10X7n909WYY

2. Hi! I love your blog, activities and insight! I am strongly considering homeschooling my current Kindergartener next school year. I'm gathering materials and ideas. I have a question about the golden rods math activity and number cards. When adding, how do you demonstrate carrying a number to the next place value. For example if you are adding 8+4 in the ones column, how do you show it becoming a 2 and adding one to the tens? I'm only slightly familiar with the Montessori Methods and I am trying to learn. I am a teacher that is certified in traditional methods, but I'd like to incorporate Montessori activities with my son. Thanks for your wonderful information !!! :)

3. Will be following your math activities closely, since my daughter's at the same pace as Mavi! We use the Cuisennaire Rods which is nearly identical to the golden beads (except you can't make the squares work with them, I think). I have the same question as Vintage Gramma above. Share when you get there?:)

1. Hi! I shared this video to VintageGramma. This shows how to do Dynamic Addition using decanomial beads in Montessori. Can't wait to try it as well. Thanks for coming over!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10X7n909WYY