Xander has been looking for new ways of using many of his early math materials. We have been having fun with it!! These are his number rod cards, and he is using a box of bead stairs that we put together to make combinations for each number. We did start this with 10 originally. We would flip the cards (he was excited about this ), and complete the "make the number challenge".
Bead Decanomial from Kid Advance this will serve many purposes for our home class room. I will also use it for the checker board and just remove the ten bars. I saw no need - in our case - to purchase both.
This is the tray of wooden blocks, people & balls (flat on one side) that we use for math. My husband made the cubes for the kids. Some will actually become story dice...but that's another post.The kids LOVE them, so they were hanging around the table.
This was our introduction ... over a bowl of oatmeal we started to talk about Multiplication- along with an after dinner session with daddy ...4 taken 2 times...etc...
Below... later work...recording his findings. We also worked from tables, and random problem slips.
Montessori Print Shop . The cabinet is organized by row and operation...Addition...Multiplication...Subtraction & Division. The tables for each are held in the bottom 4 larger drawers. As are pre- made and color coded 2..3...4 digit number cards.
I also made several sheets for recording. Basically... the color coded boxes came from stamp paper. I first decided to make a large over sized slip, because it was difficult for him to write such tiny numbers. He has now graduated onto the 6 slip paper. We also use the sheets below these for various activities. I did do all of our slips from Unit to 1000, as every time he uses them it also becomes an exercise in place value.