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Pink Tower and Counting

This is a great math and reading activity.  The numbers are available in Spanish, French and English.

 

The pink tower is such a important foundation in Montessori sensorial education.  For example, you introduce degrees of word comparisons with the pink tower. You teach words to describe the smallest to the largest cube, words such as small , smaller , smallest , large, larger, largest . It is also the first piece of math equipment.

Montessori was observant about how children learn to count. In our Montessori classroom we used the pink tower to teach linear counting. The smallest cube was one and the largest cube was ten. The difference in cube sizes makes it possible for a young child to see that each number gets bigger when they count the cubes from 1 to 10. Most preschool children can count (which is wonderful!), like memorizing a rhyme, but they don't always understand the value of the numbers. Using the pink tower puts together the concept of counting and value in an easy, tidy package.

Primary Activity

You can make a control or an answer card by cutting out each card and gluing them onto tag board  or cardboard in proper order (smallest to largest). For very young children, you can cut off the numbers to avoid confusion.

Let your children match the individual cards onto or under the control card.

Next, we can make the exercise a little bit more challenging by putting the cards in order without the control card.

The first step is to show your child how to put the cards in order, smallest to largest,  in a row from left to right. You can do this activity on a  rug or table.  For younger children, use 3 to 5 cards. Add more cards as they master the lesson.

After this activity is mastered, use the cards to teach counting from 1 through 10.  Again, start with a few cards for younger children. Add another card until your child can count to 10.

You can make these printouts as 3 part cards for older children. Make control cards by printing a second printout.  Count and use the matching number under each card. Use the three period lesson if your child needs to learn number symbols.  Older students can use the written number words for this exercise.

Use the Spanish or French pink tower cards in the same manner as the English cards. This is a great way teach a new language to your child.

Always adapt lessons for your child's needs.

Other Concrete Activities

Use measuring cups that vary in size as another way to count concrete objects. You can use nesting toys or ring stacking towers too.

Check out amazon.com for more nesting toys.


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Free Printouts for Preschool and Kindergarten Students

 

Comments

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posted at 11:29 a.m. on February 10, 2010

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Amy

posted at 9:46 p.m. on May 18, 2010

RE: pink tower counting. Thanks for sharing. I would do it myself, but it seems they are protected from changes. If you would like to add French at some point.... French: un deux trois quatre cinq six sept huit neuf dix

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posted at 4:15 p.m. on November 12, 2010

Is it possible that the cards offer the stairs brown Thank you

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posted at 3:21 p.m. on October 6, 2012

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posted at 12:31 a.m. on October 17, 2012

Pink tower is most important of Montessori education. Thanks to great thought and nice posting..

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posted at 3:43 a.m. on October 29, 2012

What a nice and interesting way to teach children such an important ting as numbers. I was looking for something like this for quite a long time.

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posted at 7:47 a.m. on December 13, 2012

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posted at 10:15 a.m. on December 19, 2012

Pink tower? that sounds so awesome and yes I got to learn further about this too.

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posted at 4:33 a.m. on December 26, 2012

Montessori schools usually go from preschool through elementary. Once the child transfers to a public middle school, do they have problems with the new environment, especially in light of the no-child-left-behind methodology which assumes all children should develop at the same rate within ridgid scholastic structures?

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posted at 1:34 a.m. on February 6, 2013

I haven't really understood well how these pink towers work to educate children, but it seems the school is doing an excellent job on this one. Their approach is very scientific and this is why they are achieving fantastic results. Their strategy would make a good example for all other schools.

Natalya

posted at 4:20 p.m. on February 10, 2013

The pink tower is not used for linear counting. There are other math materials for that. It is used for a visual discrimination of size 1 cubic sm to 10 cubic sm. There are many games associated with it to expand memory and introduce language. Older children enjoy building it with a blindfold, but it is not used for counting. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- True, that is the original purpose. Thanks for your clarification. However, some children found counting the 3 dimensional pink tower easier than the number rods. MM

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posted at 1:58 a.m. on February 22, 2013

What is the ideal age for kids to be trying out this Pink Tower method? How effective has it been in its history of use? Is it possible to get handouts that can be used for teaching my students this?-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Students as young as toddlers can use every other block when stacking the pink tower. It is a main part of Montessori hands-on learning that teach concrete concepts of size and shape. You can use the printouts provided for teaching your students. /Happy Learning! MM

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posted at 2:11 a.m. on March 14, 2013

I cannot stress enough how an important role this pink tower played in the development of my son in school. Because of it, he has little difficulty in his later school years and he has excellent grades in his language and math classes. I will definitely recommend moms to look for schools that offer this type of learning tool.

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posted at 4:44 a.m. on July 2, 2014

Most preschool children can count (which is wonderful!), like memorizing a rhyme, but they don't always understand the value of the numbers. Using the pink tower puts together the concept of counting and value in an easy, tidy package.

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posted at 6:59 a.m. on July 6, 2014

French pink tower cards in the same manner as the English cards. This is a great way teach a new language to your child.

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