## Wednesday 3 April 2013

### Montessori Activity: Bead Stair 20

Age: From 4 years old

Activity Duration: 30 minutes

Objective:
1. To teach counting and number recognition

Materials:
2. 2 ten-bars
3. 1 worksheet
4. Color markers
5. 2 felt cloths

Directions:
1. Place the Bead Stair in order on a felt cloth to the left of the worksheet.

2. Place the two 10-bars on the felt cloth to the right of the worksheet.

3. Say: "20+1 gives you 21" and place the red bead on the second felt cloth to the right side of the 10-bar.

4. Invite your child to count the beads starting with the 10-bar "1,2,3,4,5...20" and end with the red bead as "21".

5. Point to the bar and show your child to skip count: “10, 20” and end with the red bead as 21.

6. Encourage your child to color the red bead on the worksheet with red color marker.

7. Encourage your child to trace or write the number 11 on the worksheet and say: "2 and 1 makes 21".

8. Encourage your child to count the bead he has colored on the worksheet.

10. Invite the child to proceed onto the next bead (green beads) and repeat the exercise until the entire worksheet is colored.

11. When reaching 30, transfer the 10-bar from the cloth on the left to the on the cloth to the right and encourage your child to skip count: “10, 20, 30”. Encourage your child to verify the answer by counting the beads.

12. Repeat the exercise on another day for 40, 50… until all the worksheets to 90 have been completed.

Continuing with the good momentum from yesterday, J (4Y0M30D) tried this today 3 April 2013. We did it in Mandarin. He counts much better in Mandarin than in English. He completed the worksheet for 21 to 30. I think it gave him a more concrete understanding of the quantity 21-30. It has been a good session today.

I like Brilliant Minds Montessori Maths Curriculum for its simplicity and clarity. It is a good and systematic way to teach counting and number recognition.

References:
Brilliant Minds Montessori Maths Curriculum