The operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division are initially presented using the very concrete Golden Beads. Each unit, ten, hundred, and thousand is represented by a bead.
Once the children have grasped the concepts using the concrete Golden Bead materials, they are then guided to use the more abstract materials; Addition Strip Board, Multiplication Bead Board & Charts, Subtraction Strip Board, and the Division Board and Charts.
It is at this point that the children begin to learn to memorize math facts. Using Math Booklets is helpful for children when they are first beginning this work - it allows them to work with the materials independently.
After the challenge of completing all of the math booklets it is a joy to complete a Math Booklet Chart!
colored construction paper - 3 sheets of standard 8½ x
11" is fine.
glue stick, or white craft glue (if laminating - use only a
clear tape (to join construction paper together)
yarn - the length of your arm span
an "S" hook (must have some weight to it)
in the Math Booklets and cut them out.
After the child has completed all of the equations in the Math Booklets have them cut each one out.
Create the color chart using the construction paper.
Using 2 or 3 pieces of construction paper (depending on the size), tape
the short ends together to create a long rectangular chart. If you are
using our Math Booklets, then your color construction
chart will need to be approximately 25" x 6" (depending on how much
decoration/embellishment your child wants to do). Trim the chart to the
approx. size you need.
4. Glue the Math Booklet pages on to the color chart.
When the papers are glued in the correct order and in alignment from left
to right, it's visually appealing to see the numbers growing
5. Make a Cord to tie the rolled up chart with. Transporting charts home from school (or storing them) can be
tricky. A good method of keeping the chart in relatively good shape for
transport is to roll it up and make a cord to tie around it. Using tape
will only tear the paper, and possibly ruin the child's work, using a
rubber band isn't very attractive. You can learn how to make a cord