The Montessori Bead Cabinet is a collection of beads used to practice linear and skip counting. It is also a physical, hands on representation of the concept of the squaring and cubing of numbers 1-10.
The child counts to label the first bar on every chain and continues counting and labelling as each bar/multiple of the chain is counted.
In the case of short chains - when the child reaches the end of the chain they are working with there will be a larger arrow with the squared value of the chain you are working with printed on it.
If working with the (10 bars) 10 - hundred chain then the last arrow for the chain will be 100
This number is the square of ten 10 x 10 =100.
The long chains work the same way, but go further to create the cube of each number.
The chains can also be folded to form the squares, but it is the squares placed above the chain each time a square is formed that can be stacked beside their respective cube to physically see and explore the actual cube of the number.
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