Montessori in the past – golden beads

When there weren't any Golden Beads ...
When there weren’t any Golden Beads …

I love this picture! Look at the golden beads! Not. They are the wooden blocks one can get from Teaching stores. And the place value cards are hand-written.

I love these reminders that one can provide an excellent Montessori experience for our kids and we don’t need all the glam.  We can just try our best with what we can source around us.  Yes, Montessori did value that things should be beautiful – and so they should!

I’m actually glad I found this image tonight.  Z5 does not yet understand place value.  Up to 100, he has no problems – but thereafter, he stumbles at the moment.  So I’ve been trying to think of an activity in which he can build numbers using the golden beads, by himself.  My albums only really have activities for golden beads decimal work with the directress.  I have been thinking to just do the hundreds, as in this photo.  Maybe command cards with an image of a layout of beads.   He replicates this, then tries to work out the number using the cards.  Control of error on the back with the correct number.  And then visa versa.


5 thoughts on “Montessori in the past – golden beads

  1. Oh, Tracy, this is such a great reminder for times I start craving for some materials we cannot afford and yet, they can be easily supplemented by handmade material! Thank you!
    P.S. I love your new blog dress!


    1. Thanks Sandra. For me too, was such a great reminder. I love finding these old treasures. So I thought I’d start blogging the, as I find them. You love the pink, eh? I’ve so struggled to find the right combo template. I think I’ll keep this one.

      Xxx Trace


  2. For teaching the 1000 place value I used pennies. My children had been earning commission for doing chores, so learning about money was a natural solution for place value. They can feel the weight as you go from 1 to 10 to 100 to 1000. I made an enclosure for the 20 penny rolls for 1000 pennies and put a blue strip around the box. This was also a great way to show how money can be exchanged. It was easy for them to see that I we don’t want to carry around 1000 pennies, but a $10 bill is much lighter and still worth the same value.
    I had the children go with me when I exchanged $12 in penny rolls. Make sure that the rolls are from the Federal Reserve as they are very tightly rolled and very secure. I unrolled only 1 roll to show how many pennies were in the roll. We also got out a scale to weigh 1 penny, 10 pennies 100 pennies and 1000 pennies.


  3. Thank you for posting this. I am just starting out and am making many of the materials myself (I have made rods and sandpaper letters/numbers) then I look at all the pretty ones, neatly made, perfect edging, I found the blocks like those for under $30. i think I will buy those and forgo the beautiful golden beads. Thank you again.


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