Using Air, Land, and Water to Count, Add, Subtract & Trace

MATH

Using Air, Land and Water to Count, Add, Subtract & Trace


“The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge. He has the power to teach himself.” 

Maria Montessori


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Here at Must Be Montessori, we're always looking for ways to support you and your student with Montessori-inspired activities that you can do at home. The key to doing Montessori at home is not so much in buying expensive materials, though certain products are worthwhile. 

With the learning activities below, you will find that you can use relatively inexpensive things or use household items that you already have to show your student lessons that Dr. Montessori created.

USING SMALL OBJECTS TO COUNT

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How to do it:

Younger students love to work with small objects and chances are, we all have a plethora of tiny, plastic toys that we can use to show the relationship between the numeral and the quantity. For the smallest, just learning to count, gather 1 object and show the number 1. Then gather 2 of another and show the number 2. Work your way to 5. For older students, work from 1 to 10. Building a strong mental image of quantity - not just memorizing a numeral - will set a good foundation for higher maths. 


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USING OBJECTS TO ADD OR SUBTRACT

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How to do it:

The same objects we used to recognize numeral to quantity relation, can be used to tell fun story problems. "If your doll with the pink dress has 3 horses (land animals) and you give her 5 more, how many will she have all together?" Talk through with younger students, but encourage older students to write out their own equations. 


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WRITING AND TRACING NUMERALS OR EQUATIONS

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How to do it:

Did we mention this is simple add-on exercise that will get your student practicing their hand/eye coordination, perfecting of writing muscle control, and recognizing left-to-right writing principles, as well as their numbers? Set out crayons, colored pencils or markers and have them trace or write repeatedly for a "rainbow" affect. 



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