Why teach multiplication before subtraction?

For those of you who are not familiar with Montessori, it seems logical to present the process of addition and then move on to subtraction .... it's the way children have been taught in traditional schools for decades.

In Montessori, the Collective Exercises (using the Golden Beads on the mat) give the child the sensorial impression of addition, multiplication, Subtraction and Division, and visually makes clear the relationships between the operations.

When presenting addition with a group of children, they are all asked to bring a different quantity of golden beads to the mat. The golden beads are counted, the small number cards are placed on the mat, then the golden beads from each child are 'dumped' in to a basket to show
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  • 11/22/2010 4:51 PM Discovering Montessori wrote:
    The more I learn about the Montessori method the more I become fascinated with the process and the connections I have made.I also have been able to be blessed to see the children make connections with the materials as well. I read your interview on the blog Montessori Candy, it was a pleasure to read about you and how you discovered the Montessori Method. I have purchased a lot of material from you and have always been impressed by your work. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on this blog and making Montessori materials affordable for all.
  • 11/22/2010 11:53 PM viviane wrote:
    I read the interview at montessori candy with great excitement . i loved reading about you and how you discovered montessori . i love your blog and learn a lot from your posts . and i love the material you create . amny are on the want to get list .
  • 11/23/2010 7:36 AM Amanda wrote:
    I had wondered why my daughter had done this but knew to follow the child and see where things went. Thanks for the great explanation.

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