Here is the board being drilled
Well, I decided to take the Wood and Drill route in making my bead board. Here are the pictures on how it went. I first started with two 1 foot squares of 1/4' fibreboard and made a grid 1" x 1" (yes, I still think in Imperial!) on one of them, leaving an inch on two sides and two inches on the alternate sides to allow for the extra holes to put the number strips. The other square will be for the bottom, and will be glued to the holey one once it is drilled and sanded.
Then, because the fibreboard was warped a little, to glue it together we sandwiched it between some 2 x 4's and screwed it down. Then, let it dry for a day or so.
When it came out, it was nice and flat, however the glue had pushed up into the holes, so I took an exacto knife and cut the extras out.
After some paint, here is the final product!! A very easy project! in all, it didn't take long, about 10-20 minutes a day and I could have done it in two days, but as we were busy with other house projects it took me about three.
I'm very excited to share it with my students!!
Multiplication is always a challenging subject for students to learn. You begin learning multiplication by making ‘groups of’ numbers (or counters). Counters can be beans, beads, anything of a uniform size and shape. Previous to teaching multiplication, the child should be familiar with adding and subtracting using counters. A beginning question you might ask for multiplication could be “If you make 3 groups with 4 beans in each group, how many beans do you have totalled?” Once the child has mastered making groups of equal numbers, then you can start asking the question something like “if you have 3 groups of 4, how many do you have total?”
In Montessori, there are many different ways to teach multiplication. One interesting way that works for children of all ages is using the Multiplication Bead Board. Here is a video of a student demonstrating how she is using the board to solve multiplication problems.
Here is one more link to someone’s blog where it describes how you would use the board.
I think this would be a great tool to use at home. Imagine all the different activities you could do using this board beyond multiplication! You and your child could make up games, do addition, division, subtraction and maybe even some variation on Tic-tac-toe or S.O.S!!
Here is a link to a bead board you can make using paper, foam core and push pins!
And, another creative solution is using an old bathmat!! And, of course you could make your own if you are skilled with a saw and drill.
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