This week, I would like to share an idea that I used to support a child who found it difficult to grasp the concept of units, tens and hundreds. I made her an abacus, with vertical poles and the difference to her understanding improved immensely. Since then I have used this approach with a number of children with really positive results. Here I explain how to make the abacus.
Making an abacus
- 4 dowelling sticks cut to the same length and long enough to take your beads
- 36 beads divided into 4 sets, each set of beads to feel different e.g. tubular, square, oval with a groove, oval with a flat band around.
- A piece of wood long enough to take the four poles
- Small amount of sticky back Braille
What to do:
- Cut the four poles to the same length each long enough to accommodate 9 beads (Tip take the beads to the store to check they fit over the dowelling!)
- Cut the base board to a size long enough to take your four poles
- Drill four holes to fit the width of each pole
- Braille labels: units, tens, hundreds and thousands and stick at the base of each pole in front of each hole
- Position your poles in the base board
- Add on your beads
Your abacus is ready for use!
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