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Teaching Place Value the DIY Montessori Way

Recently I came across a video from a fellow YouTube Mom who demonstrated the Montessori way of teaching place value through layered cards. So I got inspired and stayed up a little bit late to make a set of my own. I happened to have a few stacks of blank “Word Strips” from the Dollar Tree laying around. They have traditional lines on one side and they are blank on the other. I chose to use the blank side because I figured it would be less distracting. You can cut your own cards from cardstock or poster board, but I found it to be much easier to just have to cut the length.

Initially, I thought about nice they would be if I printed them in color on the computer, used my paper cutter (which is packed away at the moment), laminated them, etc… and then I realized that a DONE project is better than a PERFECT project! So I whipped it out in just an hour or two and while it’s not perfect, it’s still effective and that’s what matters.

I color-coded mine in  Do Re Mi colors since my kids are already familiar with the sequence and I figured it would help them remember the order better. The cards weren’t long enough for some of the bigger numbers, so I wrote on them first and then used packing tape to tape them together. They are relatively sturdy.

I included a small chart to set next to it to simplify reading the columns. My kids knew some of these already, but not up to a million. I measured out two-inch lines to create a guide, which I laid next to each card as I wrote on it. It’s important that each column is covered up properly when layering the cards so the numbers needed to be sorta-kinda straight and evenly spaced. 🙂

Happy teaching!