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Teen Board Extension with ๐ŸžLadybug Pegs (Montessori ๐Ÿ”ข Math 101 Series ๐ŸŽ‡)

Traditional Montessori materials, especially math materials, facilitate tremendously in the application of abstract concepts like numerals, teens, and ten's with my children. Dr. Maria Montessori envisioned children holding and "feeling" the quantity of, for example, the ten Numerical Rod and really grasping that "10" is BIG and "1" is small (see a post here). Montessori Teen Board (buy Teens & Tens Board set here and the golden beads here) is another ingenious material with presents an abstract concept of teens as concretely as possible with golden ten-bars and color beads. Not only children see how ten and ones are being "built" to make teens via fact families, but they are also physically building teens themselves! 

DSC_0074Today, we are trying an extension to a traditional Montessori Teen board, and instead of using Montessori ๐ŸŒˆcolor beads, we are using ๐Ÿž ladybug pegs (clothespins) to advance fine-motor control and promote color association. And the best part is that you probably already have clothespins on hand ๐Ÿก, and if not, they are very inexpensive to purchase. 

DSC_0074First, a child would color and quantity match pegs to the corresponding flowers/butterflies. DSC_0072

Each ๐ŸŒฑstem is represented by a golden bead ๐Ÿ”Ÿ-bar, so a child has to add the missing number of ๐Ÿžpegs to "build" a teen-number as shown on the board. For example, to build a teen number twelve, a child would add two ๐Ÿž๐Ÿžpegs since the ๐Ÿ”Ÿ-bar is already these as ๐ŸŒฑa stem. 

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Clothespin activities promote ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปfine motor skills which are essential in developing the strength children would need for many basic skills from ๐Ÿ‘šbuttoning and tying the ๐Ÿ‘Ÿshoe laces to learning how to โœ๐Ÿป๏ธwrite. 

DSC_0074Instead of adding three colored beads to a ten-bar, Adrian adds three๐Ÿž pegs.
DSC_0066Number fifteen has a ten-bar already, so all that is needed are five๐Ÿž pegs.
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As a result of this ๐ŸžPeg ๐Ÿ”ขMath activity, the child is learning number recognition and color association, while building teens and mastering fact families (10+3=13). And most importantly, it is a ๐Ÿ˜€fun way to advance โœ‹๐Ÿปfine-motor control while the child exercises the control and strength of those little โœ‹๐Ÿปfingers!

For details on presenting the Teen Boards, read here "Working with Numerals and Beads (Teen-Board intro)." Also read here "Teen Board at 36 months - Montessori Math Lesson (This "Is" vs. "Says")." And for Holiday inspirations, read here "Christmas-Inspired ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป Teen Board - Montessori Math Lesson." 

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