Our Montessori elementary students explored another essential Great Lesson: The History of Numbers. This lesson describes the ways that ancient humans around the world discovered ways to keep track of the quantities they encountered every day. This included counting on fingers and other extremities, and then continuing to devise new ways to show and eventually be able to record 'how much' of something they had. They also learned about how other historical cultures counted, and how they became more efficient and standardized over time. To conclude, students tried making and reading different ancient numerical systems, and found it was challenging but intriguing!
Montessori Elementary Students Investigate The History of Numbers