Thursday, March 19, 2009

Montessori Printables

Websites with Montessori printables for download

Montessori Materials

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My Montessori printables

Fraction circles

Fraction circles: whole to sixths

Fraction circles: sevenths to twelfths

Print onto coloured card and cut out.

Grid paper in Montessori hierarchical colours

Grid paper in Montessori hierarchical colours

This is a grid, colour-coded in the Montessori hierarchical colours, for children to record addition, multiplication, subtraction and division calculations on.

Montessori decimal fraction board

Decimal fraction board - file 1

Decimal fraction board - file 2

To make the decimal fraction board, print both files onto card. Cut the right hand margin from the first file. Glue the files together so that the right hand edge of the first file lines up with the left hand border of the table on the second file. Laminate.

A variation on the Montessori decimal checker board

A variation on the Montessori decimal checker board

This is a miniature, more abstract version of the Montessori decimal checker board. By the time I introduced multiplication of decimals to my son, he was moving very quickly from the concrete to the abstract on new maths concepts. I did not want to spend a lot of time making a decimal checker board for him to use maybe twice, so I made this quicker variation.

How to use
Please note: these instructions will only make sense to people familiar with the Montessori decimal checker board. To learn about how decimal numbers are taught in the Montessori curriculum, see a Montessori manual such as Montessori Research and Development's Decimal Manual.

  1. Write the multiplicand horizontally along the centre of the checker board and write the multiplier vertically down the centre of the checker board (or vice versa).

  2. Work out the product in each square of the checker board as you do when using the basic checker board: one row at a time, always starting at the right and moving to the left. Write each product in its square.

  3. Just as with the basic checker board, any product greater than nine needs to be rearranged: the tens removed and one unit for every ten placed in the square to the left. Obviously digits written in pencil can't be “removed” and “placed” as straightforwardly as bead bars can. The best way to get around this will depend on the individual child. The rearranged forms of the products could be worked out on a fresh copy of the decimal checker board, with the child referring back to the initial copy each step of the way.

    Or the products could be erased one at a time and rewritten in their rearranged forms. Or, as my son chose, the products could be written in their rearranged forms initially.

  4. Finally, just as with the basic checker board, all the tens need to be swept together and added up, all the ones swept together and added up, all the tenths swept together and added up, and so on. In my decimal checker board, the row above the centre line is the base row. Squares above that row should be swept diagonally down and to the left; squares below the base line should be swept diagonally up and to the right. Of course once again figures written in pencil cannot be “swept” as easily as bead bars can. My son did the addition in his head, writing the result at the bottom of the page one digit at a time. Some children may wish to write the addition problem out on a sheet of grid paper to work out. Or the decimal checker board could be cut into rows, the rows realigned and then added together.

The prerequisites for this work are the same as for the Montessori decimal checker board: the child needs to be comfortable with addition and subtraction of decimal numbers and multiplication of decimal numbers by whole numbers, and needs to have had an introduction to multiplication of decimal numbers by decimal numbers to the extent that they have worked out:

0.1 x 0.1
0.1 x 0.01
0.1 x 0.001
0.1 x 0.0001

0.01 x 0.1
0.01 x 0.01
0.01 x 0.001
0.01 x 0.0001

0.001 x 0.1
0.001 x 0.01
0.001 x 0.001
0.001 x 0.0001

In fact, some children may enjoy filling out a blank copy of my variation of the decimal checker board before beginning work with it.

Some children may appreciate the extra cues that would be provided by a colour-coded decimal checker board in Montessori hierarchical colours. An editable version of my decimal checker board is available for anyone who would like to add colours. If you make a coloured version and would like to share it with others, please leave a comment; I am happy to host or link to a coloured version.


J's mum said...

Thank you so much for your blog, I am also a kiwi mum homeschooling my 3 children, ages 15, 13 and 4,I have been searching for Montessori resources for my children when I came across your blog. So thought I would say Hi.

Lisia said...

Thanks, Nicky. I like your blog. Interesting about the effects of Playstation and X box. My kids' screen time (specifically computer games and DVDs) crept up recently until it had become their default activity whenever they were looking for something to do. We had a talk about it last week and they have both cut back drastically. It's nice to have them really present in the house again and engaged in meaningful activities; Tessa has been writing a lot.

J's mum said...

Thanks for that we are still struggling with the little one, at 4 years old he just doesn't understand it is not good for you, we went to visit a friend the other day and on arrival the children all went to play on the computer my little one had to wait for a turn while the 5 year old played, he was beside himself as he wanted his turn NOW he has never been a tantrum child I have been lucky with that, but the obsession to do something with a computer, playstation and tv etc is really scary. I am trying to find more and more things to keep him occupied during the day but it is getting really difficult, have you homeschooled all the way through? Any tips for homeschooling a little one the Montessori way? Or making your own things, been a single parent I can't afford to buy the resources. I only started 5 years ago so not had to do the younger years before. How do you find Montessori for the older children?


N from the Learning Ark said...

I just downloaded your great files and I wanted to say thank you for sharing them!!!

The Russells said...

thank you so much for sharing your great work. I have a question about the decimal fraction board. Where did you find the numerals and pieces? are the pieces wooden?

Lisia said...

Hi. The numerals are printed on card. The coloured pieces are foam. I purchased a packet of coloured foam sheets from a stationery store or craft store and cut them up with scissors.