Such a shame. Hence why I ALWAYS stress, “NEVER use reading and writing as a punishing tool.” I’m building my grandson a library RIGHT NOW and he’s not even born. I’m asking that instead of a card, that everyone brings a book to the shower (and their gift too – lol). My daughter never had toys growing up, she had BOOKS! And I mainly get/choose books that have pictures of US in them. I seek those out. I was SOOOOOOOO happy as I was walking through IKEA this past weekend and came upon a pack of BLACK toys. They had each lil man dressed as a construction worker, a police, a racecar driver and two other one’s we haven’t quite figured out yet. They came with the pack, so that’s ALL I had to see and I picked it up. People have to pour into their children early, often and daily. When you “water a seed” watch how it grows.
In my training, I was shown how to do the geometrical form of multiplication (see math album 1 on albums page.) A couple of months ago I had some students who were struggling with division using the Stamp Game. They were not struggling because they didn’t understand it. They just didn’t like using the materials – they thought it slowed them down. Yet, they were unable to do long division purely in the abstract. If these were 2nd graders, I would have simply insisted that they continue with the stamp game. However, these are students brand new to the Montessori setting in 4th grade. So I worked through the Stamp Game with them making sure they understood each step, querying them at the right moments. Once I was sure they understood the logic behind it, I introduced them to the Geometrical Form of Long Division. Maybe this is already out there, but I have not seen it. I created the following lesson using graph paper, green, blue, & red pencils.