Tuesday, August 29, 2006

100-chain

I felt like providing some pictures.

The Montessori math materials are very cool and very useful in allowing a child to practise and discover things. Here is my 100-chain, spoken of a couple of weeks ago, full out for the 100-count (I didn't put the labels) and folded to show that 100 is 10-squared:



(Edited to add: my chain is about 1m long. You can now imagine how long my 1000-chain is! I don't know if that is standard length or not, but I know the 100-chain isn't too far off standard.)


5 comments:

Jane said...

I expected it to be much bigger than that! Its tiny!

Daisy said...

I should have had another object in there as reference point! (See, I'm NOT a photographer! lol) The chain itself is about 1m long.

Jane said...

Are they little beads? They look like little beads........I'd like to make Abigail one.....she loves numbers so much!

Maybe my book has directions......

Daisy said...

Yes, they are 8mm round fishing tackle beads put on the thickest floral wire I could find. :) Beads made up a huge part of the early Montessori math materials because they allow the children to really see the components of numbers.

I don't see my Gettman book. I don't remember if the chains are in there or not. They are just bead bars (10 beads on each bar) connected together with links so that they stay together and can fold together. Mine are orange because my Cuisenaire rods have orange for the 10's and that was the closest I could get for "Golden" (part of a larger material called the Golden Bead material).

If you don't plan on making other math materials and don't need to make it into a square, you can use any bead style and any colour Abigail would find interesting.

Daisy said...

That should be "beads make up" not "made up".

Too early in the morning...