# Large Bead Frame, Alison’s Montessori

• Mathematics, 6+
• The left side of the frame contains 3 different colors white, grey, and black. The white part represents the simple hierarchy, the grey part represents the thousand hierarchy, and the black part represent the million hierarchy.
• Each hierarchy hosts 3 categories: green for units, blue for tens, and red for hundreds.
• The children are familiar with this color-coding pattern, which is used throughout the Montessori math materials to represent place values. For example, a green bead located in the white hierarchy is worth 1, while placed in the grey hierarchy is worth 1,000.
• There are many exchanges involved in this work. A child must have mastered exchanging 10 beads from a category for 1 bead from the next category. That is why this small material allows for work with large numbers.
• The Large Bead Frame Complete Set from Alison’s Montessori is particularly useful because it comes with a series of Activity Cards.
• The cards are organized in this manner:
• Set A: Practicing large additions (+) with or without exchanging
• Set B: Practicing large subtractions (-) with or without exchanging
• Set C: Practicing large multiplications (x) with or without exchanging

## Materials

• a wooden box
• activity cards

## How it works

• Previously, children would have practiced on the Small Bead Frame and paper to learn the value of the beads in each category and hierarchy.
• Children will first practice with static addition, which means they won’t have to exchange 10 beads for 1 bead from the next category. Both addends will equal to 9 or less. Children will add the units first, then tens, then hundreds…
• Other sets of cards provide different incremental challenges with additions, subtractions, and multiplications.
• The visual control for errors on the back allows autonomous work, and can help boost self-confidence in math!
• In conclusion, children can be provided with equations to solve as they go. However, following an intentionally design material such as the activity cards will ensure that the children have exposure to a variety of situations. It also contributes to eliminate anxiety associated with math by boosting their self-confidence, and by working independently and seeing progress.

This post has been made possible thanks to Alison’s Montessori for providing this selected material, at no cost, with no obligation. I write unbiased review on materials that I have been effective for us, and that I believe would make a difference in a child’s learning experience!