Children build up their concept of numbers and their ability to concentrate through the manipulation of concrete materials.

After she observed that the child who becomes interested in counting likes to touch or move the items as he enumerates them, Dr. Montessori designed concrete materials to represent all types of quantities.  In a Montessori environment, a child not only sees the symbol for 1, 1000 or ½, he can also hold each of the corresponding quantities in his hand.

Later, by combining this equipment, separating it, sharing it, counting it, and comparing it, he can demonstrate the basic operations of arithmetic.

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