Montessori materials are wonderful to work with. We have some materials I have purchased and some I have made myself. Montessori method allows for hands on learning. Children are taught to use the material first and move onto independent work. If you would like more information on how Montessori Math works see the blog post from Hollis Montessori School. Keep reading for a list of math materials we use and the DIY versions.
This is the set I made. It took awhile but have held up well and work wonderfully.
The instructions to make the ones I made are from Child of the Redwoods Website.
I used the following beads:
I used this speaker wire. You can also get a 30 ft one at Walmart for $8.96.
In Montessori Math they use a Decimal Bank. We use the same type of system in our Math work. The system as a whole is pretty pricey so came up with our own decimal bank.
Another resource we use often are Number Cards. I printed and laminated the set of Small Number Cards from the Montessori Album website. There are many other resources there so be sure to look around.
If you prefer the wood materials you can purchase them:
If you are looking for a Montessori based curriculum check out Shiller Math. You can purchase math materials, books and digital downloads. By using the link from this post you will get 5% off your purchase. Read my blog post about their wonderful curriculum.
Look for more Montessori ideas to come.