One of the Montessori lessons that prepares children for math comprehension is the red rods. These are designed to help show differences in distance, size and even units of measurement.
Darah mastered this lesson at her school earlier this Spring. So when I saw a similar but more advanced concept at Learning Resources, I knew it would be just perfect for helping her with the next lesson: counting and beginning math.
Ants on a Log, offered by Learning Resources, is a truly fun activity that Darah has been playing with regularly. The set comes with various flexible yet sturdy “logs” with ants on them. There are two logs for each quantity of ant (1-10). One side of the log shows the number itself, and the other side has the number of ants that correspond with that number.
We’ve been practicing matching like rods by size, and finding two different rods that will be the same size as a pre-selected bigger third rod. This has been such a fantastic sensorial way to introduce the concepts of addition and subtraction. Darah has a very tangible representation of what some might think of as an abstract concept. She’s using her hands, her eyes and her brain power to solve problems with this set. This is how children truly learn, rather than simply memorize.
I’ve been extremely pleased with this product, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Montessori learning, specifically, as well as anyone with a preschooler! There are SO many different things you can do with Ants on a Log to help promote math readiness and comprehension. I’m so happy to have this on our lesson shelf at home. You can purchase Ants on a Log from Learning Resources for $19.99. Great price for a great product!
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I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are strictly my own.