is often common for a young child to be able to mechanically count through
numbers but when faced
with the dilemma of understanding the concept of these numbers, the child is
stumped. In Montessori, the child uses mathematic materials that are very
concrete, so the child will have a true understanding of numbers.
start off by counting the number rods so the child will have a concrete
understanding of the numbers up to ten.
The sandpaper numbers are presented after this to associate the
symbol and the quantity. After
the child has a solid understanding of the numbers one through ten, the
child continues counting with the colourful beads up to 1000.
The child is also introduced to the decimal system of unit, ten,
hundred, and thousand. With the
decimal system, the child will be performing four digit addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division.
As this is all done with concrete material, the child finds great joy
in this area and comes away with a concrete foundation in mathematics.