Sandpaper numerals come at the beginning of the Montessori math sequence. Sandpaper numerals are the second lesson after number rods.
Invite the child to do the work. Point out that a large mat is needed for the work.
Remind the child that we must always wash our hands before doing this work.
Place box in front of you, pull one and two tablets and place the box in the upper left hand corner of the mat.
“This is how we write one.”
Steady tablet with left hand, trace with middle and index fingers: “This is one.”
Invite the child to trace and say one.
Repeat with two tablet.
Introduce in sets of two until the child is proficient. Emphasize the 3 period lesson.
Variations include playing Memory, “What’s missing?”, “Knock, Knock”, secret message games like tracing a number on a child's back or palm and having the child guess which number and “go fish”.
The aims for this work include: Teaching the child the symbols for numbers 0-9. Preparation for the writing of numerals.
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