Tuesday, September 4, 2012

TTB: Intro to Math - Spindle Cards

Tackle Box Tuesday 
DIY - Intro to Math Collection

My passion is designing and adapting Montessori materials for homeschoolers, and organizing them in space saving tackle boxes. This Teaching from a Tackle Box  collection one is one of my favorites because it offers so much for so little. Red and Blue Rods and Numerals, Cards & Counters, Sandpaper Numerals, Teens Boards and Bead Bars, Tens Boards and Bead Bars, Hundred Board Tiles and Spindle Cards are all stored neatly in a Flambeau 5007 tackle box. We will cover these materials in a series of posts.

(more appropriately called Spindle Cards)

Teaching from a Tackle Box:  Intro to Math

Golden Ten Bars, Colored Bead Stair #1-9, Hundred Board Tiles, 
Golden Unit Beads, Teens & Tens Boards, 
Counters, Numerals for Red & Blue Rods, Spindle Cards & Spindles,
Sandpaper Numerals, Red & Blue Rods

Adapting the traditional Spindle Boxes to Spindles Cards is my original design. The traditional material is a set of two boxes with fixed dividers and each box having five sections - the first box for 0-4 and the second box for 5-9.  Kid Advance offers the Spindle Boxes as a set of two, while Alison's Montessori sells the Spindle Boxes as one complete unit.

My unique Spindle Cards fold up for convenient storage in a tackle box, but also stay partially folded to form holders for the spindles. This material is presented after the red and blue numeral rods. The Spindle Cards introduce the concept of zero. It is important that the Spindle Cards be attached because the essence of this material is that the numeral is fixed (not movable) and in sequence, while the quantities are loose (movable), which is in contrast to the red and blue rods which we will discuss in a future post.

Materials Needed:
  • Free Spindle Cards printable from Hope4ME
  • 4 pages yellow 67# coverstock (not card stock)  Coverstock is not as thick and stiff as card stock.
  • Clear contact paper
  • 45 wooden spindles
  • Small ribbons or bands to bind the groups of counted spindles- optional
When cutting out the Spindles Cards pattern, do not cut off the small flaps on the left side of each page.  The in/up guides at the top of the pattern are only for your convenience - they are not a part of the finished product. I found it worked best to fold each individual section before gluing into one long strip. It's easier to keep the folds in perfect alignment with a smaller piece of paper. Fold each section accordion style (up, then down, then up, etc.) according to the guide.

After folding the individual paper sections, use a glue stick to glue the small flaps under the section next to it, in numerical order. Each of the printed numerals should end up on the right side of each fold as shown above.

If you want to laminate your Spindle Cards, use clear contact paper. Cut two strips of contact paper to size, one for the front and one for the back of the Spindle Cards strip. I temporarily folded the folds in reverse to flatten out the strip before placing a single, long strip on contact paper. I do not recommend laminating with a machine because the folds do not hold as well. For the same reason I do not recommend paper too thin or paper too thick - 67# cardstock works best. Check with your local office supply store or if you are going to search at Amazon please use the search box on the side bar of this page.

For Spindles - use small narrow craft sticks (about 1/8" wide), or sticks from corn dogs (you may want to paint them a neutral color to cover up the printing on the sticks), or  you can cut small dowels or bamboo skewers to size at 6-inches long. I used a pointed nosed pliers to cut each skewer and then sanded the edges smooth to prevent splintering.

The following videos show how the presentation is done:
Association of Quantity with Symbol - CERDS
Numbers thru Ten - infoMontessori
Sage Demonstrates Spindle Boxes
Spindle Boxes - observation

Living Montessori Now has links to several other styles of Spindle Boxes HERE.
Montessori Puddle posts a Montessori Zero Lesson and refers to Maria Montessori:
Maria herself advocated not directly teaching zero in the Spindle Box. She wrote: "We wait for the child to ask, pointing at the compartment for zero: 'And what should I put in there?' We then answer: Nothing, a 0 is a nothing." (Discovery of the Child)
So here you are with a simple, affordable, easily stored material that is so easy to make! But if you would rather spend you materials making time on another project you can order the Spindle Cards at my new Livable Learning Etsy store.

I am linking to:
Sunday Showcase
Weekly Kids Coop
Preschool Corner
Montessori Monday 

1 comment:

  1. Lovely idea here. Thank you for sharing at the Sunday Showcase! :)


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