Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Using a Number Line

This Number Line was made using poster board folded in half (so it would stand), writing the numbers 1 to 10 and covering with contact paper.

A Number Line can be found in the math area of the Montessori classroom. It is a handy tool for young children to use when learning their numbers. When counting items the items can be laid out in front of the Number Line and when identifying the number symbols it can be used as a guide for 1 to 10 counting. When a child is writing their own numerals, the Number Line can again be used as a reference.

In the photo the little girl uses the Number Line when discovering the mystery number of hearts.
We have a Number Line here at home also and over the years my boys have used it many, many times. Having a visual guide when learning new information is very helpful (especially for visual learners). This is also something an older child could make for a younger child.



BChsMamaof3 said...

What a fantastic idea! I'm new to montessori and I just love learing new things to use. I've been reading your blog for a little while now and I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy it :) Loved your entry above about what you had to learn like not venting to your 5 yr old about grandma *grin* Very funny :)
Have a wonderful valentine's,

Shannon said...

We have been using our own twist on the number line this week, and have invented something called the 12 game. I made the strip going up to 12 instead of 10 and is about a foot long. So9 we just find things that can sit on each number and find 12 of them! so far we have found bottle caps, marbles, bells, paper clips, and others. Thanks for the idea!

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