The One Yellow Cube is used in conjunction with the Power of 3 Cubes and is used in the 9 to 12 (yr old) environment.
In a pamphlet jokingly titled, “Those Horrible Mathematics,” Mario Montessori described a class of 9-12 year-olds whose “enthusiasm had become a flood” as they discovered mathematical patterns while calculating squares and cubes of numbers. More children joined in, helping glue 32 feet of paper together to record their calculations and newly discovered algebraic formulations. Their teacher reported, “Though the quantity of the paper consumed was enormous, the happiness derived from the work was in proportion, if not raised to the second or third power.”
As primary teachers, we help children lay the foundation for these future discoveries and higher learning. When young children explore and manipulate the Montessori materials, they build their mathematical minds and begin a lifelong passion for learning.
This excerpt was published by Irene Baker, MEd, Montessori Educational Consultant at Montessori Services. She holds both primary (ages 3-6) and elementary (ages 6-12) Montessori certifications and has taught at all three levels. For over 20 years, she has served as a Montessori consultant and teacher-trainer for primary and elementary levels, and has presented workshops for teachers at schools and AMS conferences. Her work with students and teachers is infused with her passions: storytelling, history, social justice, non-violent (compassionate) communication, poetry, meditation, music, and the natural world.
“…the absorption of mathematical knowledge can be natural, easy, and a source of joy; the joy of one who discovers in himself powers that he had not even suspected.” – Mario Montessori, Maria Montessori’s Contribution to the Cultivation of the Mathematical Mind
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