On the Shelves Snapshot: Practising Addition with Beads

Simple Addition Activities with Beads - An Everyday Story

Simple Addition Activities using Beads- An Everyday Story

[Jack and Sarah use these activities during ourย Self-directed Explorations time.ย You can read more about that here.]

On the shelves this week is an addition activity using beads and pipe-cleaners. Jack and Sarah can create the sum by rolling the dice and using the beads to find the answer; like a tiny little abacus ๐Ÿ™‚

I also wanted to quickly mention the maths stones. I made these about 4 years ago and we use them all the time. There are three stones; one has an = sign, another has a + on one side and a – on the other. And the last stone has a multiplication and division sign. The stones were crazy easy to make (just a permanent marker) and still look as good as the day I made them.ย You’ll need some nice flat stones – these ones were river stones.

This week I am going to switch around most of the activities on the shelves. Jack is still working through his electronics projects, so that will stay, and both he and Sarah are still keenly interested in Ancient Egypt, so that can stay too. But the rest I am going to change up a bit. I’ll post some pics on Instagram next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Next week we are also getting back out into the kitchen garden. It has been so nice to feel the weather warming back up again and watching the garden wake back up. I have a few projects planned for us this season, now that the garden is established. We’ll be doing our first one tomorrow and I am really looking forward to sharing itย with you.

What are your plans for this week? Anyone start homeschooling for the first time last week?

5 Replies to “On the Shelves Snapshot: Practising Addition with Beads”

  1. We officially started our first year of homeschooling about three weeks ago. We do belong to a homeschooling public school, so there has been some “worksheets”, but both my daughter (kindergartener) and I don’t care for them too much. Your suggestions help us make learning fun and meaningful to both of us. I made the stones and strings of ten-beeds last night for us to use in math today. We are also learning our local activist, Cesar Chavez, and the human rights for farm workers this week as we went to a local apple orchards last week, and we have also been listening to audio book of Esperanza Rising. Now I have to come up with activities for my little one (2-year-old). ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. We just started “officially” homeschooling a few weeks ago, also via a public charter school – I wonder if Tomoko is at the same one. I have found that, because we have to check in with a school representative periodically, I’m always anxious about *documenting* my daughter’s “schooling” with photos and worksheets, which totally flies in the face of the child-led, outdoors-heavy way I wanted her to explore and expand her own mind. Your website helps remind me to pursue the less-measurable, but far more intriguing, ways of stimulating my 4 year old (and 3 year old and 1 year old!), which is the whole reason I wanted to do this in the first place. So thanks for being such an inspiration.

    1. That would be interesting if we are at the same one!

  3. I love how you present your materials in the kid-sized trays! do you recommend an online source? thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Amy ๐Ÿ™‚ I get a lot of our baskets and trays from charity stores but this one I bought online from Absorbent Minds Montessori in the UK. They have a some great specials from time to time and the postage isn’t too bad (if you consider the money you saved from buying sale items). If you are in Australia, I have also ordered from Modern Teaching Aids. Ebay is another great place to find second-hand wooden trays and baskets.

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