Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String
Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String

Montessori Year Chain / Grimm's Annual Bead String

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This is a silicone bead chain in 12 different colors for teaching the seasons, months, and number of days in a month.

Winter months are in blues (December, January, and February)
Spring months are in greens (March, April, and May)
Summer months are in yellows (June, July, and August)
Fall months are in pinks (September, October, November)

January - Ice
February - Vintage Violet
March - Antique Aubergine
April - Orchid Smoke
May - Mandarin
June - Sunflower
July - Antique Ivory
August - Glass
September - Lichen
October - Antique Moss
November - Prussian Blue
December - Blue Licorice

The chain has 366 silicone 9 mm beads and is 11' long.

Unlike wooden year chains this chain can be washed, is safe for a child to mouth, and can be sterilized.

There is special pricing for this item and coupon codes do not apply to this item. It is already offered at a 20% discount.

Note that the disassembled version includes 35 beads of each color, 15 clasps, and 15 continuous yards of cord and a reusable container. Because it includes more supplies the cost is greater but you have a lot more flexibility.

-- HISTORY OF THE ANNUAL BEAD STRING --

A truly unique way to provide a concrete and comprehensive representation of the concept of the passage of time.

Montessori educators will be familiar with the "Hundred Chain" and "Thousand Chain". These Golden Bead materials are designed to introduce quite advanced and abstract concepts in a concrete manner. By giving children a tangible representation these challenging ideas suddenly become so obvious! By handling these beads each child is also given the chance to create a tactile memory of these ideas, making the connection to these concepts deeper and more lasting.

The Montessori Year Chain or Annual Chain so harmoniously follows these principles that it is hard to believe it was not designed by Maria Montessori herself!

The Annual Chain provides a concrete representation of the passage of time that occurs over a year.

Each individual bead represents a single day of the year. The beads are divided into twelve different colors, with each color reflecting a month (your child can choose which color to allocate to each month but if you are teaching seasons we recommend grouping them).

Over the course of a year your child (or your class) adds a single bead to the string each day. This can be done over a calendar year - from January to December - but could also be started at a different milestone (such as your child's birthday). Over the year the Annual Chain grows and at the end of each month the colour changes, allowing children to observe a clear representation of the relationship between days, months and years. By the end of the year the Chain is full and the child can marvel at the length of a "year" when compared with each individual day.

This delightful project could be repeated year after year and teaches so much more than just the mathematical concept of time. It also teaches patience and self-control as only one bead per day can be added to the string.

You could even personalize the experience by using the Annual Chain as a 'countdown' to special events in your child's life. If you are going on a holiday on the 5th of May you could choose your colour for the month of May in advance and then tell your child "When we have 5 maroon beads it will be time for our holiday!"

★ HOLE AND CORD SPECIFICATIONS AND ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS ★
All of our beads have a 2.5 mm hole and work best with 2 mm cord (which we sell, see the link at the bottom of this listing). In order to fit the cord through properly hold a lighter flame to the end of the cut cord for about 1 second then roll it between your fingers to seal it and make it "hard" and no longer able to fray. This melts the fibers together. Then you can thread the cord through the beads or clasps. Once you are done and have your clasps on and you make a double knot, melt the knot a bit and roll it to firm it into a solid ball. That will prevent it from coming apart. View our videos at the link below.

★ VIDEOS ★
Like our Facebook page to see videos on how to use our products including: how to tie a proper knot for elastic bracelets, how to tie proper knots for teethers and hide the knot in a bead, how to get cord through beads single and doubled up, and more. We also announce specials only for our Facebook fans and you get to help us determine our new products and colors.

Materials: silicone, satin, plastic clasp.

This is a silicone bead chain in 12 different colors for teaching the seasons, months, and number of days in a month.

Winter months are in blues (December, January, and February)
Spring months are in greens (March, April, and May)
Summer months are in yellows (June, July, and August)
Fall months are in pinks (September, October, November)

January - Ice
February - Vintage Violet
March - Antique Aubergine
April - Orchid Smoke
May - Mandarin
June - Sunflower
July - Antique Ivory
August - Glass
September - Lichen
October - Antique Moss
November - Prussian Blue
December - Blue Licorice

The chain has 366 silicone 9 mm beads and is 11' long.

Unlike wooden year chains this chain can be washed, is safe for a child to mouth, and can be sterilized.

There is special pricing for this item and coupon codes do not apply to this item. It is already offered at a 20% discount.

Note that the disassembled version includes 35 beads of each color, 15 clasps, and 15 continuous yards of cord and a reusable container. Because it includes more supplies the cost is greater but you have a lot more flexibility.

-- HISTORY OF THE ANNUAL BEAD STRING --

A truly unique way to provide a concrete and comprehensive representation of the concept of the passage of time.

Montessori educators will be familiar with the "Hundred Chain" and "Thousand Chain". These Golden Bead materials are designed to introduce quite advanced and abstract concepts in a concrete manner. By giving children a tangible representation these challenging ideas suddenly become so obvious! By handling these beads each child is also given the chance to create a tactile memory of these ideas, making the connection to these concepts deeper and more lasting.

The Montessori Year Chain or Annual Chain so harmoniously follows these principles that it is hard to believe it was not designed by Maria Montessori herself!

The Annual Chain provides a concrete representation of the passage of time that occurs over a year.

Each individual bead represents a single day of the year. The beads are divided into twelve different colors, with each color reflecting a month (your child can choose which color to allocate to each month but if you are teaching seasons we recommend grouping them).

Over the course of a year your child (or your class) adds a single bead to the string each day. This can be done over a calendar year - from January to December - but could also be started at a different milestone (such as your child's birthday). Over the year the Annual Chain grows and at the end of each month the colour changes, allowing children to observe a clear representation of the relationship between days, months and years. By the end of the year the Chain is full and the child can marvel at the length of a "year" when compared with each individual day.

This delightful project could be repeated year after year and teaches so much more than just the mathematical concept of time. It also teaches patience and self-control as only one bead per day can be added to the string.

You could even personalize the experience by using the Annual Chain as a 'countdown' to special events in your child's life. If you are going on a holiday on the 5th of May you could choose your colour for the month of May in advance and then tell your child "When we have 5 maroon beads it will be time for our holiday!"

★ HOLE AND CORD SPECIFICATIONS AND ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS ★
All of our beads have a 2.5 mm hole and work best with 2 mm cord (which we sell, see the link at the bottom of this listing). In order to fit the cord through properly hold a lighter flame to the end of the cut cord for about 1 second then roll it between your fingers to seal it and make it "hard" and no longer able to fray. This melts the fibers together. Then you can thread the cord through the beads or clasps. Once you are done and have your clasps on and you make a double knot, melt the knot a bit and roll it to firm it into a solid ball. That will prevent it from coming apart. View our videos at the link below.

★ VIDEOS ★
Like our Facebook page to see videos on how to use our products including: how to tie a proper knot for elastic bracelets, how to tie proper knots for teethers and hide the knot in a bead, how to get cord through beads single and doubled up, and more. We also announce specials only for our Facebook fans and you get to help us determine our new products and colors.

Materials: silicone, satin, plastic clasp.

*** LOWEST SHIPPING COST / SHIPPING REFUNDS ***

We have the lowest shipping costs you'll find, we charge exact shipping, it's free for orders over $40 (after discounts) in the US and we'll pay 50% of the shipping for international orders over $175 (after discounts).

Canada and foreign shipping is often calculated much higher but we will refund overages for ALL shipping (US and international) if it's $1 or more over what I paid. So if you pay $25 in shipping and it costs me $8 to mail it, I refund $17. Conversely, if shipping is more than we list we will invoice you for the additional shipping costs.

If we forget to credit your shipping don't hesitate to remind us.

If you have concerns, contact me with the list of items you want and I will create a custom order with exact shipping for you.

*** INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING AND CUSTOMS ***

We are NOT responsible for a package once it leaves the US. If we provide you with tracking and if the item is stuck in customs we will not ship out a replacement as we cannot guarantee it won't also get stuck in customs. If your package is in customs please contact your local shipping authority and check on the status with them before contacting us. We will ask you for your case number so we can follow up on the item as well. Note that only one case can be opened per item. If we purchased insurance on the package we will open the case as we are the recipient of the insurance money (in order to allow us to replace your package).

You are 100% responsible for all customs, import, and duty fees. We are not responsible for any fees. If you do not pay the fees and your package is force returned to us we will only refund your purchase minus shipping once we receive the package.

*** INSURANCE ***

Our first class packages are NOT mailed with insurance as that would be very cost prohibitive. If you want insurance on your package it will ship priority and we will do that and will invoice you for the additional shipping and insurance. Cost is generally $7-20 for domestic US parcels and $25-48 for international parcels. You MUST contact us first to arrange for insured packages.

Note that we may insure certain packages based on value at our own cost (generally any package over $100).

*** REFUNDS / RETURNS ***

As we now heat seal pack all of our products we can accept returns on products still in their original packaging. You will be responsible for all return shipping costs. Once we receive the items and can confirm their status we will credit you for your purchase price minus a 20% restocking fee. Shipping will not be refunded.

If the item has been removed from our packaging we cannot accept the return.

Please read all descriptions before purchasing and if you have a question please contact us. If you need immediate assistance during business hours you can text us as at (636) 627-7627, we may not answer phone calls, text first.

It is very important to note that bracelets are made based on the size you choose. You must measure before submitting your order, we make what you tell us to. A $1 bill is 6" if you don't have a ruler handy.

Wood products are prone to cracking if they are not properly conditioned weekly and every time you wash them.

If you are in the EU you agree to abide by our refund and return policy due to the nature of our products.

HOLE AND CORD SPECIFICATIONS AND ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

All of our beads have a 2.5 mm hole and work best with 2 mm cord. In order to fit the cord through properly hold a lighter flame to the end of the cut cord for about 1 second then roll it between your fingers to seal it and make it "hard" and no longer able to fray. This melts the fibers together. Then you can thread the cord through the beads or clasps. Once you are done and have your clasps on and you make a double knot, melt the knot a bit and roll it to firm it into a solid ball. That will prevent it from coming apart.

WOOD CONDITIONING AND T-BALM

We condition our wood with a mix of organic oil (jojoba, olive, or coconut) and beeswax that we call T-Balm. Our T-Balm has no gluten, casein, corn, soy, sugar, vinegar, GMO products, yeast, parabens, latex, preservatives, petroleum, coloring, or perfumes. It's just pure oil and beeswax. The beeswax has been boiled long enough to kill botulism -- however, it is still always a risk as are any items with beeswax or honey products.

If you are unsure, just ask for a non-conditioned ring and we'll send it bare then you can use plain coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil to season it.

Our conditioner is completely safe to use as a lip balm, diaper balm, wood conditioner, skin conditioner, and more.

We do not condition our beads but you should.

CONDITIONING IS CRUCIAL TO AVOID CRACKED WOOD!!!

The air will pull moisture from anywhere, that includes all the wood in your house -- and your teethers and wood beads. They WILL crack if they are not conditioned regularly. You cannot condition them too much. It helps seal in their moisture -- it's the same principle as putting on lotion after a shower, it seals in the moisture.

You MUST condition the wood before you give it to your child because conditioning the wood protects it from fluids and basically waterproofs it. Important when your child will have it in their mouth. It also makes them easy to wash without ruining the wood (you must condition after washing).

You'll want to condition your wood every week or any time you wash the wood. We recommend a small lint free cloth (those ones that are for cleaning glasses are perfect) or a flat edged paint brush. Or you can use your fingers. Just rub it in and let it sit for a bit then rub some more in and then buff that with a lint free cloth.

You can buy the T-Balm (available in 0.4 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, and 4 oz) in our T Balm listing, which is enough for several weeks or a month depending on how often you condition your wood.

Our T-Balm can also be used on any of your child's wood toys, teethers, or rings regardless of who you purchased them from.