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Published on Jul 28, 2010
Devon demonstrates the Montessori Checkerboard Lesson. The checkerboard lesson helps the child become aware of multiplication in different categories. For example, units times units makes units, units times tens makes tens, tens times tens makes hundreds, and so forth. It allows the child to do very large multiplication problems without the necessity of having memorized all the multiplication facts. The check board builds off of other Montessori concepts the child is familiar with, including the hierarchical colors and the bead bars. The checkerboard is divided into colored squares, green, blue, and red, representing the category colors. This arrangement results in a diagonal display of the colors.