Montessori Pythagoras Board and Bilingual Multiplication Table (English and Chinese)
Two of my daughter’s favorite math resources are the Montessori Pythagoras board and our bilingual multiplication table printable! These tools help kids master multiplication in a fun and memorable way.
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The printable multiplication chart and Pythagoras board can be used in conjunction with the Montessori multiplication and division boards. Typically, these multiplication resources are introduced after the amazing hundred chart and the hundred board.
Since we’re raising bilingual children, I’ve created a printable multiplication table in English and Chinese! I’ll also share different ways my daughter has used the multiplication chart and Pythagoras board!
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- Printable Multiplication Table (English, Chinese, Blank)
- Laminator and laminating pouches
- White printer paper
- Avery 0.75″ dot stickers (make sure you get the Avery brand so that the stickers can peel off easily)
- Optional: scratch off stickers (pink hearts)
- Montessori Pythagoras Board
- 快乐学算术 by 思嘉姐姐 – Math songs in Mandarin Chinese
1. How to use the Printable Multiplication Table
- Use it as a control for the Pythagoras Board. This will allow the child to self-check and empower them to work independently.
- Cover up numbers with dot stickers and write in the covered numbers. Bonus: make a fun pattern with the stickers!
- Cover numbers with scratch off stickers; use a coin to reveal the hidden number!
- Practice writing in a blank multiplication table
Although we mainly work with Arabic numerals for math, my daughter likes seeing the Chinese numbers for reference since she usually thinks about the numbers bilingually.
Here is a blank multiplication table that my daughter completed on her own!
2. How to use the Montessori Pythagoras Board
The Montessori Pythagoras Board is a visual, hands-on way of learning the times table.
The board has 100 wood number tiles that the child can use to discover patterns, skip count, and learn commutative property.
The numbers in the top row and leftmost column represent the 2 numbers that are multiplied (eg, 3 x 6).
Although I bought the Pythagoras Board a year ago, my daughter become attracted to the work only a few months ago. Since then, she has been using it a 1-2 times per week.
When my daughter uses the Pythagoras Board, she thinks that she is playing.
Without realizing that she is learning, she is gradually memorizing the Times Table!
She enjoys dumping out the tiles, finding the numbers, and arranging them the correct order.
On her own, she discovered that the numbers in each column repeat in the same pattern as rows! She has also noticed odd and even number patterns.
This is beauty of Montessori learning!
3. Chinese math memory work with 快乐学算术 by 思嘉姐姐
On occasion, we listen to 快乐学算术 by 思嘉姐姐 – Math songs in Mandarin Chinese for exposure to math vocabulary in native Chinese.
Track 4 is 乘法小九九口诀, and children who are auditory learners may benefit from listening to the sing-songy Chinese math rhymes for memory work.
Explore this: 100+ Popular Chinese Children’s Songs and Nursery Rhymes
Has your child memorized the Times Table?
I hope that your child can benefit from the Pythagoras Board and printable Bilingual Multiplication Table. If you use these multiplication resources at home, please leave a comment below to share your experience!
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This site is amazing! I have one comment, because it is what I was ‘searching’ for on the web…Your link for “10+ ways to teach using a hundreds board” actually directs to the bilingual activities, and not using a hundreds board. In other words, two bulleted items in your list goes to the same place, and not where I was ‘wanting’ to go. Does that make sense?: I have downloaded and hear so much about the hundred board, but really don’t know any activities to use it for. I’m a new homeschool parent.
Hi D’Anna! Thanks so much for taking the time to write! I’ll try to find the link you’re referring to, but in the meantime, here is the post about 10+ Ways to Use a Hundred Board. Hope this helps!