Sunday, January 11, 2015

Montessori Addition Snake Game

For some time already Ania's been ready to learn more about addition. She's been adding together all kinds of things - blocks, pencils, toys, people, cars...

Seeing that she is interested in more math I decided to introduce her to the so called Montessori Addition Snake Game. Remembering how Zosia and Jaś loved working with this material I was sure that Ania will also like it. And I was right, since I've introduced the work to her, she's been doing it every day!

What is needed for the Addition Snake Game?

Materials:
- A box with a few sets of Short Bead Stairs.
- A box with the Black and White Bead Stair.
- A box with many ten bead bars.
- A special notched card to help in counting and marking.
All 3 boxes with the materials are placed on a tray.
- A mat for working on the table

For a full presentation of the Montessori Addition Snake Game please click HERE.

After laying out the mat on the table, I showed Ania the Black and White Bead Stair which she has never seen before and showed her how to build the 'trangle'.



Next I explained to her that we are going to build a colorful snake with the Short Bead Stair. After I started to place a few colored beads on the mat Ania took over building of the 'snake'.



This is how our layout looked like:



"Now it's time to change the colored snake into the golden snake" - I told Ania. I showed her how to count the colored beads to ten and exchange them with the golden bead bar and the bar fom white and black bead stair. 




After a lot of  counting the golden snake is ready:


What is the purpose of this game/exercise?
- To familiarize the child with the addition to 10.
- To show that there are many number combinations that can make up 10.


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