Preschool Math: numbers greater than 10

ED is ready to tackle the teen numbers. She often skips some of the numbers after 13. I am using a homemade version of the Montessori seguin board (download the packet I made here).  It’s a board with lots of 10s in a row. The child then places a digit over the zero to make 11, 12, 13, etc.
1) First ED counted the number of animals.
2) Then she pulled out the same number of beads-one golden bead bar (10) + single beads.  I made a big deal about the group of 10 beads being called her special ‘golden beads.’ She promptly fell in love with them!
3) Next she chose the proper digit and placed it in the ones column to make it “one ten and one” (for 11), “one ten and two” (for 12) and so forth.

If you’re interested in the printout packet I made of the seguin materials you can download them here. You can also buy a proper wooden seguin board (such as this or  this teens and tens board), but I never used them enough with my older two to warrant the price.

Other resources:

I got a great question about how to learn more about Montessori method of introducing the teens and tens to your 3-6 year old.

There is a series of videos at ehow that shows a teacher using the seguin board and Montessori beads.  Teen Board-Montessori video  In the sidebar you’ll find related articles and links.

Another fabulous resource is the online Montessori album (teacher’s manual for ages 3-6) at moteaco.com. There you’ll find a whole series of lessons on how to introduce the  teens and tens to your preschooler.

Hopefully that’s enough to get you started!

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4 Responses

  1. Angel-lena says:

    Can you give me a link to an explaination of exactly how these work, how to use them. DD can count to twenty easily, she understands the concepts of her numbers to ten really well and has started adding them, but we are working on the concepts of the teens to twenty and counting to 100, ie. 30s, 40s…. she’s doing well but I think these would help, she’s pretty visual. Thanks!

  2. Angel-lena says:

    Can you give me a link to an explaination of exactly how these work, how to use them. DD can count to twenty easily, she understands the concepts of her numbers to ten really well and has started adding them, but we are working on the concepts of the teens to twenty and counting to 100, ie. 30s, 40s…. she’s doing well but I think these would help, she’s pretty visual. Thanks!

  3. Liesl Den says:

    There is a series of videos at ehow that shows a teacher using the seguin board and Montessori beads. Teen Board-Montessori video In the sidebar you’ll find related articles and links.

    Another fabulous resource is the online Montessori album (teacher’s manual for ages 3-6) at moteaco.com. There you’ll find a whole series of lessons on how to introduce the teens and tens to your preschooler.

    Hopefully that’s enough to get you started! That was such a good question I’ll put these links in the post itself.

  4. Liesl Den says:

    There is a series of videos at ehow that shows a teacher using the seguin board and Montessori beads. Teen Board-Montessori video In the sidebar you’ll find related articles and links.

    Another fabulous resource is the online Montessori album (teacher’s manual for ages 3-6) at moteaco.com. There you’ll find a whole series of lessons on how to introduce the teens and tens to your preschooler.

    Hopefully that’s enough to get you started! That was such a good question I’ll put these links in the post itself.

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