Free Printable Montessori Material – Past and Present Cards

Free Printable Montessori Material – Past and Present Cards

The Freebie for July is finally available! Past and Present Cards: this material is a fun way to help children see how things progress over the passage of time….and they might giggle at a few of the names too. It includes 24 Sorting Cards and a Control Chart. Please note that you must access this download through the Free Montessori Material Download page – there is a link in the actual product listing that will take you there.

Free Past and Present Printable Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Free Past and Present Printable Cards

A few New Materials have now been released:

Simple Machines: Printable Charts & Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Simple Machines: Printable Charts & Cards

Simple Machines: Classes of Levers by Montessori Print Shop

Simple Machines: Classes of Levers

A large collection of definition cards, photographic images, line drawings, Control Charts, and information to assist with the understanding of Simple Machines and Levers.


Hammer Nomenclature Cards

Hammer Nomenclature Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Hammer Nomenclature Cards

11 parts of the Hammer presented in 3-part card format (includes a black-line master).

Squaring Labels for Cuisenaire Rods

Printable Cusienaire Square Labels by Montessori Print Shop

Printable Cusienaire Square Labels

These printable labels for squaring follow the color-coding of the Cuisenaire Rods.

Cubing Labels for Cuisenaire Rods

Printable Cuisenaire Cube Labels by Montessori Print Shop

Printable Cuisenaire Cube Labels

These printable labels for cubing follow the color-coding of the Cuisenaire Rods.

Giveaway: 33 Printable Montessori Geometry Materials

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to win 33 of our printable Montessori Geometry Materials. How great would this be for your classroom! 

Printable Montessori Geometry Cards by Montessori Print Shop

Read all about the materials, ideas on  how to store them, and most importantly how to enter to win at What DID we do all day? Don’t delay as the giveaway ends 3-10-2013.

MPS Birthday Bash (day 3) – Montessori Math Extensions Bundle

Happy 9th Birthday to Us! Glad you could join us for the third day of our 9th Birthday Bash. Enter to win our Montessori Math Extensions Bundle.
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Montessori Math Extensions Bundle by Montessori Print Shop
This Giveaway starts: Saturday Jan 19, 2013 @ 12:01am EST
This Giveaway ends: Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 @ 12:01am EST
One lucky winner!

Montessori Math Extension Materials by Montessori Print Shop

This printable Montessori Math Extension Lessons Bundle includes:

0 to 10 Quantity/Symbol/Word Matching
1 to 100 Math Series
Bead Chain Paper
Clock Series
Colored Beads Control Chart and Masters
Cube Chain Labels
Fraction Cards and Labels
Golden Beads Control Chart and Masters
Number Bingo – Beginner
Number Rods Control Chart and Number Cards
Place Value Cards – Golden Beads
Roman Numerals and Chart
Square Chain Labels
Square Chain Worksheets
Teen Boards, Beads and Worksheets
Ten Boards, Beads and Worksheets
Time Cards
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Montessori Pink Tower and Broad Stair Pattern Cards by Montessori Print Shop   

Free Math Printable: More Than – Less Than Cards

Free Math Printable: More Than – Less Than Cards

We’re just squeezing in the FREE Montessori printable for September. Bet you thought we forgot! We didn’t – we’ve just been busy with all the NEW materials now available on our website.

More Than – Less Than Cards

A new material that will help children to further explore simple math addition and subtraction equations. A child can use the cards by themselves, or if required they can use a manipulative to assist them with the answers (counters, bead bars, strip board, etc). The answers to all the questions are never greater than 10.

Free More Than - Less Than Cards by Montessori Print Shop

You can see the item description here, but it can only be downloaded from our Free Montessori Downloads page (you’ll need to scroll to the bottom of the page to locate it).

Free Montessori Printable Stamp Game & Instructions

Free Montessori Printable Stamp Game and Instructions

The Stamp Game is a fantastic, concrete way for children to understand the process of Addition, Multiplication, Subtraction, and Division.

This work is to be presented after the children have worked with the Golden Beads. However, should you not have access to the Golden Beads, or if your child is beyond the sensorial need of the Golden Beads then the Stamp Game is the answer.

(click on the link and scroll through the page of freebies to download this item)
Free Montessori Stamp Game printable by Montessori Print ShopThis free file includes the following:
  • Step by step instructions on how to present all 4 operations
  • pages of colorless stamps
  • pages of colored stamps
  • suggestions on how to prepare your stamps

And don’t forget you can also download our Stamp Game Papers for Free too! The file includes both the color-coded version and the black and white version.

(click on the link and scroll through the page of freebies to download this item)

Free Montessori Stamp Game Papers by Montessori Print Shop.

Skip Counting with the Montessori Bead Chains

Skip Counting with the Montessori Bead Chains

The Montessori Bead Chains are simply beautiful. They are the crown jewel of many Montessori classrooms – especially if they are lucky enough to have the glass beads! Young children can hardly resist running their fingers along the beads and anxiously await their readiness to handle and count each chain.

Montessori Bead Cabinet labeled Materials:
Bead Cabinet: A cabinet with a shelf for the squares and the square chain of each number in the short bead stair; a shelf for the cube of each number. Ten sets of hooks for the cube chain of each number. Boxes with labels. A long felt mat for the cube chains.

We’ve received many emails on how to present the bead chains, and how to use the FREE Bead Chain Paper we’ve uploaded to our Free Montessori Downloads page. You can of course find full detailed presentations of all the primary math materials in our Primary Montessori Math Teaching Manual, however we’d like to share with everyone the process of counting the square chains and some of the extension lessons that children enjoy.

How to count the 5 Square Chain

Presentation #1:
• ask the child to lay out a mat
• have the child place the 5 square chain, one 5 square, and the 5 square chain tickets/labels on a tray and take it to their work mat
• remove the square chain from the tray, fold into a square and compare a square of 5 to the square folded (place the square directly on top of the folded 5 square chain)

Montessori 5 Square Chain Folded

• place the square of 5 at the top of the folded square, draw the chain out
• ask the child to do the same

Montessori 5 Square Chain Drawing Out

•  place the square of 5 at the right end of the chain
•  lay the 5 square tickets/labels across the bottom of the mat – not in numerical order, but facing the correct way (the Square Chain Tickets/Labels can be downloaded for free here)
•  start counting the chain: using your finger point to each bead and count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
•  locate the ‘5’ ticket/label for the bead bar and place directly under the 5th bead
•  continue counting the chain: point to the ‘5’ ticket and say ‘5’, then continue to the next bar, counting 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – locate the 10 ticket/label and place it below the 10th bead
• have the child continue to count the rest of the 5 square chain and label it with the number tickets
Montessori 5 Square Chain Count Label
• when the chain is complete, show the child how to point to each ticket and count up and down the entire chain: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 – 25, 20, 15, 10, 5
• ask the child to count up and down the tickets
• show the child how to write out the 5 Square Chain on chain paper (paper can be downloaded for free here and includes both a control set and a blank set)

Montessori 5 Square Chain Paper

Exercise #1:
•  same as in Presentation #1 with all of the other square chains

Exercise #2:
•  when all the square chains have been counted and notated on paper, show the child how to make a Bead Chain Chart

Montessori Bead Chain Chart by Montessori Print Shop

Exercise #3:
•  child can also draw, count/label and/or color the chains (Square Chain Worksheets)

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How To Use The Montessori Multiplication Bead Board

How To Use The Montessori Multiplication Bead Board

Have you been wondering how to use the Montessori Multiplication Bead Board? A few days ago we posted about a great economical alternative to the traditional wooden Montessori Multiplication Bead Board. The traditional board looks like this:

Montessori Multiplication Bead Board

But for a fraction of the cost you can give your child the same hands on, concrete, mathematical experience with this homemade solution:

StarrySkyRanchMultiBoardIt’s a bath mat, with suction cups on the bottom, turned upside down! It’s cut so that it has 100 suction cups on it (10 suction cups across, and 10 suction cups down).  A fine tip sharpie is used to write the numbers 1-10 across the top. Make sure when you choose your bath math that the suction cups aren’t too large, and most importantly are in straight lines and not diagonal. If they are diagonal, you’ll have to rotate the bath mat to make them straight – the bath mat must then be large enough for you to cut it 10 suction cups by 10 suction cups.

Multiplication Bath Mat BoardAdd some pony beads (or dried beans), a few slips of paper, perhaps a coin for the red counter, and you have the Montessori Multiplication Bead Board!

After publishing the post we received so many emails with questions on how to use the Multiplication Bead Board. So, here are the full instructions from our Primary Math Teaching Manual. The instructions are written for the use of the traditional wooden Multiplication Bead Board – so you’ll have to adjust the instructions accordingly to suit your new homemade (bath mat) Multiplication Bead Board.

Materials:
•    Perforated board with 100 holes in rows of ten. On the left side of the board there is a little window with a slot for the insertion of a number card. Set of number cards 1 to 10, a counter, 100 red beads. Multiplication table forms, pencil and paper. Multiplication Control Charts 1 & 2.

Presentation #1:
• with the child take the materials to the table
• ask the child to choose a page from the Multiplication Booklet (i.e. #6)
• tell the child that the numbers across the top are for the multiplier; the slot in the left side of the board is for the multiplicand (the first # of the question)
• remove the red circle from the container and place it in to the circle at the top left of the board
• ask the child what the first question is, “6×1”, “What is the multiplicand?” child replies “6”
• take from the small container the #6 and slide it in the slot on the left side of the board
• ask the child “What is the multiplier?” – the child replies “1”
• take the red circle from the top left corner and place it above the #1 at the top of the board
• taking the beads from the small container place 6 red beads in to the column below the number 1 (counting as you place them: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
• ask the child “How many beads are there?” child replies “6”, have him write the answer in the booklet
• ask the child “What is the next question?” child replies “6×2”, move the red circle over the number two at the top of the board
point to the last bead you placed on the board and say “6” (a reminder of where you finished off from the 6×1)
• place a bead in the first hole below number 2, say “7”, place the next bead and say “8”, place the next bead and say “9”, place the next bead and say “10”, place the next bead and say “11”, place the next bead and say “12”
• ask the child “How many beads are there?” – child replies “12”
• have the child  write the answer in the booklet
• ask the child “What is the next question?” child replies “6×3”
• move the red circle over the number 3 at the top of the board
point to the last bead you placed on the board and say “12”
• place a bead in the first hole below #3 and say “13”, place another bead and say “14”, place a bead and say “15” – continue placing each bead and saying each number until you reach 18
• ask  the child “How many beads are there?” child replies “18”, have the child write the answer 18 in to the booklet

Presentation #1 in progress
Montessori Multiplication Bead Board Presentation

• allow the child to continue on until the page is complete
• have the child choose another multiple table – take the ticket for the multiplicand and slide it in to the slot, place the red circle in to the hole in the top left corner of the board
• show the child the first two questions and then allow him to continue on his own
• show the child Control Chart #1, tell him that he can use it to check his work

Exercise #1:
• same as in Presentation #1

Notes:
• control chart #1 lists all multiplication tables from 1-10
• control chart #2 lists all multiplication tables from 1-10, but removes all duplications (i.e. shows 5×7=35, but does not show 7×5=35)

Purpose:
• memorization of multiplication tables

Control of Error:
• control chart #1

Age:
• 5 – 6 years

The Multiplication Charts that accompany this work can be found here (they are printable) and come with full presentation instructions.
Montessori Multiplication Work Charts
It’s recommended to use the Sequential Math Booklets first (regular, large).
Math Booklets Sequential OrderOnce the child has discovered the number patterns for each operation you can switch to the Random Math Booklets (regular, large) for a greater challenge.
Math Booklets Random OrderWe hope that helps you to get started on your own homemade Multiplication Bead Board. This bathmat substitution is a fantastic solution to an expensive math material. It’s a wonderful way for your children to get the sensorial impression of multiplication. Multiplication is simply taking the same number two or more times and adding them together.
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Alternative for the Montessori Multiplication Bead Board

Alternative for the Montessori Multiplication Bead Board

You know how you’re wanting to buy the wood Montessori Multiplication Bead Board, but you just can’t justify spending $50+ on it?
Montessori Multiplication Bead Board
Well, thanks to a creative mama now you don’t have to! She’s thought of an inexpensive way for your child to experience the Multiplication Bead Board without the expense. You have to check out her Multiplication Manipulatives post. You’re going to love it!

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How do I incorporate Montessori in to my preschooler’s after school time to improve math skills?

How do I incorporate Montessori in to my preschooler’s after school time to improve math skills?

Question:
I am a young mother with three children under the age of four. My 3 year old is in preschool and is struggling, especially with mathematical concepts. Her preschool curriculum is heavily based on work sheets which I think is part of the problem. I suspect she may not be able to relate math to her day today activities. How can I help her? I work full time so I am only home in the evening and we have virtually no extra resources to buy all the fancy child learning materials.
 

Answer:

This is a common problem among children who attend programs that focus heavily on ‘paperwork’. At a young age, children best absorb concepts through the manipulation of objects, every day conversations, and through real life experiences. The kinds of experiences required to truly internalize mathematical conceptsRead full Article.

Why teach multiplication before subtraction?

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… Read full article.