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Montessori Math Composition of Symbols

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

Montessori Math Composition of Symbols

This work needs a complete set of numerals.

The Composition of Symbols Presentation

Montessori Math Composition of Symbols

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?

Montessori Math Composition of Symbols

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

Isn’t Montessori Math amazing? Be sure to check out my other Montessori Math lessons! If you want more background on Montessori Math philosophy, check out this Montessori Math Philosophy overview page! Montessori Math is beautiful on so many levels throughout all levels of the Montessori classroom. Please don’t hesitate to contact me about the Composition of Symbols lesson, Montessori Math, or anything that might be on your mind.

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Preeti Parish Thackar

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Dear Marnie,

Your blogs on various topics are in-depth and helpful... Thank you for posting on various aspects of Montessori education.

Preeti

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