Bead stringing may seem like a simple task, but for the child it provides amazing skill and repetition (and it’s FUN).
When presenting any bead stringing work, show the child by using the material yourself first, moving the bead from your left side to your right. Montessori materials move from left to right, top to bottom, similar to the way most languages read and write. Can you imagine bead stringing preparing a child for later reading?
- The string should be about as long as the child’s wingspan, so it’s best to measure on the smallest child.
- The string’s tip needs to be long and firm enough to both go through the bead and little fingers to put it out the other side.
- Be sure the thickness of the string matches the bead’s hole.
- Tie one bead to the end, for a stopper. Or tie a knot big enough to keep the first bead on.
- If a child is still mouthing, use beads that cannot fit in the mouth or wait to present this later. You can use cheerios just in case.
Jessie is a mother of three beautiful daughters (twin tots & a preschooler), an AMS trained Montessori teacher of 40 students, and a wife to one. Jessie has a background in dance, a yoga certification, and a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Jessie has a childhood education blog at http://educationofours.blogspot.com/. This post will be linked up to One Hook Wonder.