addition strip board

sanaa is using the addition strip board to complete addition tables.
addition strip board

she was so excited to find the answers herself
that she completed all the tables,
1 through 9,
in the same day.

often she did not even use the table.
she would start counting from the first addend,
then add the second addend
by tapping her finger on the table to count it out.
e.g.: if the problem was 6 + 3
she was start from six and then,
tap her finger on the table 3 times saying, “…seven, eight, nine.”

then, about halfway through, she figured out the pattern
and confidently declared that she knew her answers were correct.
even so, she graciously checked her work
against the answers.

this is going to be fun,
but i’ve got to make sure i’m prepared
so I can keep up with HER.


4 thoughts on “addition strip board

  1. Nothing seems to be easier than seeing someone whom you can help but not helping.
    I suggest we start giving it a try. Give love to the ones that need it.
    God will appreciate it.

  2. I am new to this site and will be looking to having my first child by April 2012. I want to prepare myself and learn about Montessori homeschooling. I know it may seem early but I really want to learn. Where can I start? I am in the process of begining to look at the room and what learning materials do I need first…I will be doing elimination communication and breast feeding with my child. Help.

    1. Monica,
      i wish i started thinking about montessori BEFORE i had my children. i feel like i’ve been playing catch up ever since. the first thing i would do, if i were you, is learn about the method. the tools are secondary. i recommend the following reading: “Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three” by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen. then after that i would read books by maria montessori herself, e.g. “The Absorbent Mind”, “Secret of Childhood”, “Discovery of the Child”, “The Montessori Method” and “Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook”. how YOU — as a parent and teacher of your child — interact with and help your child to help her/him do things her/himself and approach the world around her/him is as, if not MORE, important than the tools. do what you can, the best you can. i believe that parents who make the effort to homeschool using montessori or otherwise give one of the best gifts they can give their child. success!

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