Tens of thousands of kids struggle with math. Many of the students I tutor experience the same math-driven saga of confusion, frustration, and helplessness, which is then followed by low self-esteem and self-criticism. This is heartbreaking to witness. Whether the child is in elementary, middle, or high school, he is often embarrassed to show that …

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## The Case of the Missing Addend (aka Make Ten): Colored Bead Stair

Once upon a time there was a rabbit who had ten bunnies. She had taken three carrots from the garden but she needed ten. In fact, she always needed ten. How many more carrots did she need in order to feed her hungry bunnies? Your first inclination may be to subtract 10 from 3, correct? …

1 2 3 8## Triple Addend Addition: Colored Bead Stair

Triple Addends were never so colorful. These come after learning basic single digit addition from my previous post – here – and also knowing how to make teens and tens with the colored and golden beads. Ready? Here we go…

1 2 3 8## Addition: Colored Bead Stair

We’ve officially moved on to addition with the colored bead stair. Naturally, we will start with the basics of single addends. Following this post will be working with triple addends. This is yet another great lesson in showing kids how to not only add, but also as an introduction to using the colored beads for …

1 2 3 8## Making Teens: Colored Bead Stair

Going from single digits to double digits can be a pretty mind-blowing concept for some kids. Using the colored beads stair and the golden bead bars to teach this concept makes it a LOT easier for both the child and the educator. If the child has recently been introduced to the colored bead stair and …

1 2 3 8## Meet the Colored Bead Stair…

The colored bead stair is a quintessential Montessori math material because it has SO many different mathematical benefits. The youngest child in primary all the way through upper elementary learns one-to-one correspondence, connecting quantity to symbol, square roots and cubes, basic operations, and complex algebraic equations. I often use this material for middle and high …

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