The Montessori Method of teaching subtraction is wonderful and we love the Montessori Math curriculum because it is so hands-on!
This is one of my favorite subjects and it is wonderful bringing this lesson to you.
I have written a post on Montessori addition before, so be sure and check it out, too.
Here, we use some Math subtraction worksheets that cover facts to 18.
In this post, you will see how easy it is to recreate this Montessori Math lesson at home.
Simply take a look at our other subtraction lessons and then take a look at more free printable Montessori Math worksheets for subtraction here!
Montessori Math Worksheets
These Montessori curriculum free subtraction worksheets include the basic subtraction facts to 18.
They include fact families, which makes sense when learning addition and subtraction.
Subtraction Montessori Materials
What you need:
- a 2×3 mat (one per child)
- Montessori golden beads set
- wooden number cards with box
- subtraction template with number families (the printable is here)
- writing utensil like a dry erase marker or dry erase crayon
- optional: a number line
Subtraction with Montessori
You can see the setup above.
If you are using our free printable numbers instead of the wooden number cards, I would suggest you print them out on cardstock and laminate them for durability.
The cool thing about having the printable is that you can print a couple of copies to have more numbers to work with.
We are going to focus on horizontal subtraction for this lesson.
Montessori at Home Subtraction Printables Presentation
We are working with subtraction problems right now, so you only need the minus sign card and the equal sign card.
Choose two numbers and show the child how to put together a subtraction sentence.
You can use our example of 5-1=__. Ask the child to collect five beads and to place them on the mat.
Then the child will remove one bead and count the total. Find the number on the wooden number cards.
Place it next to the equal sign and complete the subtraction number sentence.
The last step is to write the answer on the laminated template.
Subtraction Facts Worksheet
You can make these digit subtraction worksheets yourself. Just make one for each number family.
Table of one: 1-1=__, 2-1=__, 3-1=__, 4-1=__, 5-1=__, 6-1=__, 7-1=__, 8-1=__, 9-1=__
Table of two: 2-2=__, 3-2=__, 4-2=__, 5-2=__, 6-2=__, 7-2=__, 8-2=__, 9-2=__
Table of three: 3-3=__, 4-3=__, 5-3=__, 6-3=__, 7-3=__, 8-3=__, 9-3=__
Keep going with one on each page up to nine.
Again, once you have these made, I suggest you laminate them or put them in a sheet protector so you can reuse and not waste ink and paper every time you work on this activity.
As you can see on our template below, the number family subtraction sentences are out of order.
You can make one set of the number families in order and one our of order or make one set.
Then, cut them into strips, laminate them and finally, you can rearrange them in any order you prefer.
Isn’t that a neat idea?
Montessori at Home Printable Subtraction Worksheets
This activity can be for children ages 3-6, depending on their ability and readiness. This is only the beginning lesson.
We go on to using the tens, then the hundreds and eventually the thousands and beyond.
It is a very fun lesson, especially when they begin regrouping. I hope you enjoyed this lesson and will try it at home.
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