Montessori Mini Numerical Rods - Creative Rods
These rods may seem familiar to you, and they should if you’ve ever seen the Red Rods. They are exactly the same except for one feature: alternating blue and red segments.
The child will typically work with the Number Rods after mastering the Red Rods. If you recall, the Red Rods help establish visual discrimination of length. The Number Rods are a natural progression, naming the quantity shown on each number rod with red and blue demarcations.
Along with a guide the first time, the child will build the Number Rods just like they practiced with the Red Rods. The guide will be sure to point out that the red segment is always on the left side. From here, the child will practice naming and counting the Number Rods, starting with one.
It’s important to note that the child is not necessarily memorizing 1-10 in that order, or reciting numbers, but rather establishing that each quantity is a separate entity. For example, 2 is not 2 because it’s the second in line, but rather because it has two sections.
Using the 3 Period Lesson, the child and guide will name and count each Number Rod, typically separating them into four groups: 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 8-10.
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