9 Golden Bead Units
The Golden Bead Material. The single
unit beads. The first piece of material in the golden beads.
To help the child understand the decimal system by showing that after nine a new category or power of ten is shared.
Single beads are called a unit. Place nine units one under the other on the table. When nine is reached, explain if there were one more unit it would make ten, so put out a ten bar and take away the nine units. Count the ten bead bars- one ten, two tens... etc., putting them side by side as if you were making a square. When nine bars are out replace them with a hundred square and put the ten bead bars away. Count the hundred squares with the child one by one, placing them on top of each other as if making a thousand cube. When all nine have been counted explain if there were one more it would make ten hundreds and ten hundreds are one thousand, and so on.
Purpose- To give the children practice in associating the names of the powers of ten with the quantities. To help the children understand the decimal system.