## Thursday, September 17, 2015

It's the time of our 12 Month of Montessori Series, and today I'm sharing with you how Mavi learned the concept of the decimal system and base 10 using the Montessori golden beads materials.  We worked on this when he was about 4yrs old and at times he still wanted to do the complete layout (see the bottom of the post for this).   The aim of studying the decimal system is for the child to understand, organize and  classify the numerical quantities into different hierarchies of units, tens, hundreds and thousands.

One of the best thing about these golden beads material is that it provides a sensorial approach in learning mathematics.  In using the golden beads, a child can easily differentiate a unit from tens, from hundreds and thousands through its depth, weight and quantity.  In effect, there is retention to the concepts because the child can easily visualize the quantity of numbers.

So without further ado, here’s Mavi’s presentation of how we use the golden beads in learning the decimal system.
Units, Tens, Hundreds, Thousands

Here’s a short presentation which  Mavi and I created on how to use the materials in introducing units, tens, hundreds and thousands.
The Layout
Now for the overall view of the decimal system, combining the number symbols and the quantity, here’s Mavi working on the decimal system layout.  Sorry if he only worked till 4000, as we do not have enough thousand cubes   Enjoy!

This post is part of the 12 Months of Montessori Learning which is hosted by Natural Beach Living and The Natural Homeschool.

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#### 9 comments:

1. We love the Montessori Decimal System and Gold Beads! I hear you on not having enough thousand cubes. I'm so tempted to order more! I love the videos and how you progressed to showing the whole layout. The pictures of Mavi are adorable!

2. We love the Montessori Decimal System and Gold Beads! I hear you on not having enough thousand cubes. I'm so tempted to order more! I love the videos and how you progressed to showing the whole layout. The pictures of Mavi are adorable!

3. This is such a sweet post! I love how simple you helped to make this by adding pictures and the wonderful video. Thank you!

4. I did a post on the decimal system too, because it was one of Z's favorites just after he turned 3! We only have 9 thousand cubes as well, so for that, we just borrowed from the one on top.

5. How fun! The videos give readers a great idea on how this lesson go. :) Awesome!

6. This is my favorite work and I absolutely love how you incorporated a video. Yay!!!

7. AH! I love this work! Its one of the works that I would most like to own!

8. This is such a great work. I love the picture of him next to the layout! The videos are lovely and show just how much fun learning can be.

9. How great! He looks so proud of himself. I love the video too. Thanks!