The Bead Frame helps to a child of transition from a separate understanding of a more abstract understanding of the decimal system, added, subtraction, multiplication and division of a thousand digits.
The setting of Montessori Math Small Bead Frame is often overlooked in early childhood classes. The framework comes at the end of lessons on positional value and the decimal system and, as noted by Dr. Montessori, marks the entry into abstraction. Many classrooms don’t make it to class for one reason or another. The lesson is intended for older children (5 1/2 and over), which explains the dust a bit.