## Friday 30 October 2015

### Montessori Activity: Small Bead Frame - Static Multiplication

Note: I am showing the large bead frame above, because it is not necessary to buy both the small bead frame and the large bead frame. I am using the large bead frame to do the small bead frame exercises.

AGE: 5.5 (after the child has worked with the Stamp Game)

OBJECTIVE(S):

To show the relationship between the different place values in the decimal system.

MATERIALS:

2. 1 worksheet
3. 1 green, red and blue pencil

PRESENTATION:

321
x     3
---------
963

2. Have your child build 1 unit three times on the small bead frame by sliding 3 green unit beads one at a time to the right one at a time.

3. Count and record the units on the worksheet, i.e. 3.

4. Have your child build 2 tens three times by sliding 6 blue ten beads two at a time to the right two at a time.

5. Count and record the tens on the worksheet, i.e. 6.

6. Have your child build 3 hundreds three times by sliding 9 blue ten beads three at a time to the right three at a time.

7. Count and record the tens on the worksheet, i.e. 9.

9. Invite your child to do the next question and remind him that once he knows his time-tables by heart, he will no longer need to use the beads.

PHOTO DEMONSTRATION:

321
x     3
---------
963

2. Have your child build 1 unit three times on the small bead frame by sliding 3 green unit beads one at a time to the right one at a time.

3. Count and record the units on the worksheet, i.e. 3.

4. Have your child build 2 tens three times by sliding 6 blue ten beads two at a time to the right two at a time.

5. Count and record the tens on the worksheet, i.e. 6.

6. Have your child build 3 hundreds three times by sliding 9 blue ten beads three at a time to the right three at a time.

7. Count and record the tens on the worksheet, i.e. 9.

9. Invite your child to do the next question and remind him that once he knows his time-tables by heart, he will no longer need to use the beads.

I have prepared this since 23 Sep. 2015. For some reason, I waited for a month to introduced it. I have been too tired, lacking the energy. Also I think that multiplication will be too difficult for him. It has been a long while since we do any new Montessori Maths, or even just the usual practice. Today, I finally pulled myself together. J tried this for the first time on 30 Oct. 2015 (6Y6M25D). It turned out to be too easy for him. He could get the answer by just doing the written sum without manipulating the beads. However, I insisted that he manipulate the beads, as I think it will give him a more physical understanding of the concept. So we moved on to dynamic division with Small Bead Frame.

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