Children’s House

Counting & Memorization

Counting             The child is introduced to the next area of math after experience with the decimal system. The child is shown the traditional names of the teens and tens from eleven to ninety-nine. These are introduced through the teens and tens beads and boards where we begin with the quantity and then introduce the symbol. …

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Passage to Abstraction

Passage to abstraction is the next area of mathematics in the Children’s House. This is typically around the age of six that we present these materials. The child moves away from depending on concrete materials to doing more work in her mind. “Because the children, leaving the material, very easily come to love writing out …

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The Bells

The bells are an important material in the Children’s House. They offer the child exploration of pitch, volume, music, composing, singing and many other aspects. Incorporating music in our environments could be by singing, fingerplays, bells, listening to music, or playing music while walking on the line. Singing in small groups, collectively, and individually should …

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In the Words of the Children

After the candles were lit at the Model Altar, a 3-year-old said… – “I want to go to the Church.”  After restoring her work, she immediately re-set the Altar. Again, when the candles were lit, she said… – “I want to go to the Church.” The following week the same response followed the lighting of …

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The Gestures Altar

The Gestures Altar is a favorite material in the Level I and II Atria. Pondering the idea that gestures/movements have meaning, looking at one moment of the Mass in isolation, and linking individual prayers together to see the beauty and unity of the Mass all seem to factor into the children’s love of this station. …

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Introduction to the Decimal System

After the child has been introduced to the numbers one through ten, the child has understood the concept of quantity and the names of the symbols that represent these numbers over repeated work. The child can also grasp the idea of zero and decipher associations of quantities and the symbols. Through work with the number …

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Numbers 1-10

Numbers one to ten are the first math materials presented. This usually happens around 3.5-4 years old. The materials in this area support the child in gaining a concrete understanding of the quantities zero to ten.  To begin, we introduce the concrete representation of quantity with the number rods. “The advantage of this material is …

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Butterfly Life Cycle

Monday was an exciting day here In our house! The children have been listening to stories the past few weeks about Caterpillars and butterflies not knowing that they would soon be seeing first hand how the life cycle of a Butterfly works! We gathered at group on Monday morning, I had a new butterfly book and a …

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