# Montessori Math Composition of Symbols

Montessori Math Composition of Symbols is a key lesson in the Montessori math curriculum that introduces children to the concepts of place value and the decimal system. This lesson is typically introduced after children have a firm grasp of counting and can recognize numerals up to 10.

Composition of Symbols is a lesson about Place Value and the Decimal System of Montessori Math.

This work needs a complete set of numerals.

## The Composition of Symbols Presentation

Request the child take the tray and bring you a numeral that says “5” units. When he returns, ask him to tell you what he brought to you.  Continue with units, tens, hundreds, and thousands. Always ask the child about the quantity. Check & recheck.

When the child is ready to bring cards from several quantities, be sure that he brings the quantities individually on the tray. Then, ask the child what he has on his tray, stack the cards, and ask him to read the cards again: “5 tens and 7 units”. If the child reads: “57”, reply to him: “Yes but how many tens is that? How many units?

When the child is ready to bring cards from several quantities, be sure that he brings the quantities individually on the tray. Then, ask the child what he has on his tray, stack the cards, and ask him to read the cards again: “3 hundreds, 5 tens, and 7 units

When the child is ready to bring cards from several quantities, be sure that he brings the quantities individually on the tray. Then, ask the child what he has on his tray, stack the cards, and ask him to read the cards again: “2 thousands, 3 hundreds, 5 tens, and 7 units.”

### Variations

Child partners with another child to play fetch

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