The next step for me was to learn how to use the multiplication bead board the correct way. I found great explanations at two blogs, the Montessori Print Shop and The Moveable Alphabet. I also came across a video on You Tube created by a Montessori directress. Remember I am not certified or trained Montessori so this is all new to me. I am by no means an expert. Let our new journey to learn multiplication facts begin! She completed the multiplication table on scrap paper but I will eventually use a dry erase board or multiplication fact booklets.
I have been searching for free multiplication table booklets but haven't had luck yet. I found colorful multiplication fact booklets that were already filled in at The Panicked Teacher's blog - these may be helpful when learning facts. I may us them as control charts for Alyssa to check her work. I did contact ABC Teach in hopes that they would add the materials to their Montessori collection soon. It doesn't hurt to ask since I have a membership. I love Montessori Math and have tried to incorporate it into our curriculum as often as I can. I remember using number cards and counters of all sorts, the spindle box, paper teen and ten boards, etc. Do you want to learn more about the Montessori method here is a link I found with FREE resources.
Our multiplication bead board was used during our Valentine's Day themed activities. We used a red acrylic heart as the counter to be moved across the top. You could also use a heart shaped eraser. Using the color red in the beginning helped Alyssa learn that we STOP at that number and do not pass it. We were only going to focus on the times table for one, two, and three this week. Alyssa wanted to continue working on this activity. I found multiplication heart fact cards at this website. I printed the fact cards on red cardstock. This website has other free resources and seasonal math ideas including multiplication, addition, counting, area, and perimeter. This was Alyssa's first exposure to multiplication and it went very well. She caught on quickly. I foresee us using this board more often in the future.
Here are some photographs of how our multiplication bead board turned out and Alyssa hard at work. She was extremely excited about learning something new until she poked her finger (even after our discussion on safety and how to handle the pins). Needless to say, she was VERY careful afterwards. These push pins were pretty sharp so use caution and observe your child at all times. She did point to the last spot and tell me that's 100. I think she was thinking about her hundred board since a hundred board activity was done previously that day. She also counted by 2's and then used addition to add on two more to the end in order to find the answer. She told me that all of the facts in the 2's table were even and why they were even. She used addition instead of counting the push pins for most answers. Yes, she is in her pajamas! It was actually bedtime and she hounded me to do just ONE more activity and she had her eye on this one ALL day. She watched me create the board and constantly kept asking me about it. I told her we would do it tomorrow but I gave in. I guess we were both excited!
Valentine's Themed Multiplication Bead Board
President's Day Board
I used a penny as the top counter in honor or President's Day. This board is very simple compared to the Valentine's Day theme. I couldn't find any President's Day themed number cards. Changing out the top counter didn't seem to distract Alyssa from the "work." I plan to change out the top counter or use small themed number or calendar cards 1-10 when appropriate. If anyone has any themed or holiday number cards please leave a link to your blog in the comment section. I would really appreciate it. On St. Patrick's Day, I will use a shamrock at the top. The top counter can be any small item in my opinion such as foam shapes, mini erasers, acrylic or glass gems, buttons, etc.
I will link this activity up at montessori-monday.
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