In addition to the dot game, Kal-El also began using the small bead frame this week. First he received a "tour" of the frame itself. He learned about the "simple family" and the "thousands family" and he made the connections between the golden beads and the beads on the frame.
He counted his way through the entire frame. He counted by ones until we reached 100. He counted by tens until we reached 1000. Then, he counted by 100's until we reached 10,000. This gave him a LOT of opportunities to practice the exchange process. I watched the small bead frame presentation videos at Montessori Live where I picked up a good teaching trick. The presenter explained the the child that they should use their two index fingers to make an "X" for "EXchange." Kal-El really liked this and shouts out "oops, EXchange" each time he makes an exchange. I have a subscription to Montessori Live (it is the only place I found videos of the presentation of ALL of the upper-primary/lower-elementary math materials). They have many videos of the small bead frame. I've only watched the first three thus far. They are AMS-style presentations so I adjust accordingly using my albums as I see fit. A select few of their videos are free on their site or on YouTube. Here is the first video. I wish it showed the exchange process, but that took place in the second video.
On a different day he learned how to use the notation paper. It was hard to get a good picture the way the sun was shining in. But, you can tell in the photo above unless Kal-El has grown two extra arms that, much like with division, Me Too finds Kal-El's work "very interesting." This week was the first time Kal-El has been introduced to the comma to separate the number "families." He really thinks the comma is super neat. He is struggling a bit with when to use zero as a placeholder. I noticed this week that a few of his addends in the dot game were "0050" and "0125." We talked about it. The bead fram paper gave us another opportunity to talk about it. I think we need to pull out the wooden number cards from the golden beads again and review how we DON'T take a card if we have zero of a category and the different ways numbers look when the zero is in different places.
Question: Do homeschoolers often own the golden bead frame or do they often just settle on the large colored bead frame?