“This system in which a child is constantly moving objects with his hands and actively exercising his senses, also takes into account a child’s special aptitude for mathematics. When they leave the material, the children very easily reach the point where they wish to write out the operation. They thus carry out an abstract mental operation and acquire a kind of natural and spontaneous inclination for mental calculations.”
(The Discovery of the Child, Maria Montessori)
I came across this numbers game, perfect for the month of February. We’ve been working on phonics sounds and Elisabeth has done great, learning just about every sound of the alphabet. We’re ready to take it to the next level but first, I thought we could shift our focus on numbers for a little bit. This easy to make game not only builds math skills but it’s also self-correcting so it’s a great game they can play independently after it’s been explained to them (leaving you time to whip up dinner while they work… a great alternative to TV). All it takes for you to put together is a little construction paper or poster board, stickers and some laminating work – easy peasy.
The instructions are in the link here (one of my favorite websites for Montessori at-home ideas).
If you haven’t read my kick-off post for Montessori Monday’s, a new segment on my blog, here is the link to catch you up.