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Have You Considered Non Montessori Math Materials for Homeschooling?


Have you considered using other math materials that are not Montessori? I have consulted many Montessori homeschoolers for over 15 years. Many love and enjoy using the Montessori math materials. However, there are non-Montessori math materials and programs that many Montessori homeschoolers have considered. I have received many questions on these programs and I've put together some information, based on the experience of a few homeschoolers, as well as a statement from the director of one of these programs. The non-Montessori math materials that are often considered by Montessori homeschoolers are Shiller Math and RightStart Math.

Montessori Math: Counters and Numbers




COUNTERS AND NUMBERS are great to do with a child who is 4 1/2 and up, after they have been introduced to the sandpaper numbers and can put them in order from one to nine.

Language: Odd and Even

Control of Error: Too many or too few counters for the last number

Indirect Aim: Mathematics

Direct Aim: To make the child aware of odd and even

Material: A box divided into two compartments, one containing red plastic numerals 1-10, the other compartment containing corresponding numbers of red disks called counters. You can make your own using buttons or pennies, and plastic numbers.


Presentation:

1. Do on a mat. Take out the numbers. "All right, now could you line the numbers up for me? What is the first number?" "One." Let the child line up the numbers. Tell him to leave a nice space between the
numbers.

2. "All right, what does this number say?" "One." "So it gets 1 counter." "What does this number say?" "Two." "So, it gets 2 counters." Each time place the counters below the number in rows of two, with any
odd counter placed in the middle of the row. Continue through to 10.

3. Next, take your pencil and place it in between the two counters for 2. "Does this fit?" "Yes." Try to place your pencil between the counters for 3. "Does this fit?" "No." "Four?" "Yes." " Five?" "No."
Continue. Ask the child if he would like to place the pencil between the counters.

4. "Now, the numbers where we can put the pencil in between the counters are called even numbers; and the numbers where we cannot put the pencil through the counters are called odd numbers."

5. "One is an odd number, we'll leave it up here. Two is an even number, we will leave it down there. Three is an odd number, we'll leave it up here, etc."

6. "Now can you tell me which are the odd numbers?" "One, three, five, seven, and nine." "Which numbers are the even numbers?" "Two, four, six, eight, and ten."

7. Later on, only if there is interest, you may ask, "how many two's are there in two?" "One." Separate the groups of two with you pencil. "How many groups of two are there in four?" "Two
twos." Etc.

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Montessori Math on a Shoestring Part One: Golden Beads

Montessori Math on a Shoestring Part One: Golden Beads {Montessori on a Budget}

The Montessori math materials were some of my favorite activities in my Montessori 3 to 6 and 6 to 9 training. I loved the hands-on, sensorial aspect to them, giving the child a concrete foundation from which to build on. But once I started teaching, it took lots of practice to do them adequately with my students! Luckily I had two co-teachers who were very experienced!

But what if you are a homeschooling mom? Not only do you need to learn the lessons of the math materials, but you have to buy and or make them! They can be very expensive and time consuming to make! And there's also the question of WHAT to buy and or make! But do you REALLY need ALL of the materials?

Our Montessori in the Spring Facebook Event with activities, art, freebies, yoga, and more!


 Kimberly HuffLisa Nolan, and Marie Mack of the interactive Montessori on a Budget Facebook *group* hosted a Montessori and inspired spring time event on Facebook! Come and see all the activities, arts and crafts, freebies, yoga, and more! GO HERE.



We also had a 'yoga in the spring time' live Q & A with Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories

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Montessori Spring Composting: Vermiposting





"The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." 
       ~Maria Montessori

We have a new house!! And with a new place comes all kinds of wonderful projects. The kids and I decided to jump start our composting pile with some worms. This is called vermiposting. Here's how we took an old container that was cracked and broken from countless moves and made it a place for our worms to make rich and useful compost!

Celebrating Spring with Birth Stories and Newborn Photos! Join us at Montessori on a Budget!


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