Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Counting Beads


First off let me say that I hope this post does not offend anyone. I am simply sharing with you what a child said to me today. The child (6yrs.) attended the wake of his Uncle last night. He came in this morning and shared with me some of the details.

"My Uncle was wearing his glasses in his coffin Miss Dyer. And there were numbers there too. Cause they had his hands together on his chest like this. And the beads were wrapped around his hands. But I couldn't tell if they were the short chains or the long chains because my Mom wouldn't let me count them."

My trainer Mrs. C. Fernando was trained by Maria Montessori. She told me how during her training they would take apart rosary beads to make their own chains to be used for math presentations and in the classroom.

I have nothing more to add other than hmmm...

5 comments:

Jenn N said...

Wonderful, truly wonderful.

John said...

We met at Boomerangs and talked for a few minutes - I bought the metronome, and you commented on my choice of purchases (yoga video, and DVD to learn Spanish). Re your post, Beads are an interesting cross-cultural phenom. Buddhists use them, as do some, mostly older, Roman Catholics. I have a friend whose Blog is called "Telling Beads", but unfortunately, he's had to make it private due to abuse. He comments on events within (and without) the Episcopal Church.

Counting beads...hmmm. An older meditative practice. Interesting that the child would take note.

Mama Monkey said...

That is funny!

Susan Y. Dyer said...

Note to John...thanks for the note and I hope your guitar playing is being assisted by the metronome. Pleas leave your email next time you leave a post...

We have beads used for counting in the Montessori math area. It is a very important material and often used by the children.

Take care

Susan Dyer

tomfarr said...

Great blog! I stumbled across it looking for something that might resemble an abacus, with just 1 row of 10 beads, to keep track of my physical therapy repetions...
I think I'll have to build it.