# Introduction to the Beads

Introduction to the Beads | |
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Math - Introduction to the Decimal System | |

Level | Primary |

Age | 4+ |

Prerequisites | Cards and Counters |

Materials | 1 unit bead 1 ten bar 1 hundred square 1 thousand cube tray |

This activity is the child's introduction to the Golden Bead material. This material is a concrete representation of the decimal system.

## Contents

## Presentation[edit]

- Take the tray to a table or mat. Be sure that the thousand cube is on the left and the unit bead is on the right.
- Take out the unit bead. "This is one. We also call it a unit."
- Take out the ten bar. "This is ten."
- "Let's see how many unit beads there are in a ten. One, two, three..."
- Take out the hundred square. "This is a hundred."
- "Let's see how many tens there are in a hundred. One ten, two tens, three tens..."
- Take out the thousand cube. "This is a thousand."
- "Let's see how many hundreds there are in a thousand. One hundred, two hundreds, three hundreds..."
- Lay out all of the beads and name them one more time.
- Do a three period lesson.

## Points of Interest[edit]

- The large place values can be exciting to children.
- Seeing how heavy the thousand is.

## Control of Error[edit]

- The directress' and the child’s own knowledge

## Variations and Extensions[edit]

## Material[edit]

- A tray containing 1 golden bead unit, 1 golden ten-bar, 1 golden hundred square and 1 thousand cube. - A small mat for the table.

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## Further Reading[edit]

- Maria Montessori -
*The Discovery of the Child*, chapter 19, page 276 (Random House 1967 edition)