The Small Bead Frame is used to introduce the decimal system and addition, subtraction and multiplication. Working with the Small Bead Frame, the child is introduced to the concept that the location of the bead matters and is used to show its value in the decimal system. With practice, the child learns to assign value to the bead based on its position on the Small Bead Frame. The Small Bead Frame Paper is a special paper used for recording numbers and equations formed on the Small Bead Frame. It is part of the process of moving from a concrete sensorial experience of working with numbers to the abstraction of writing numbers and doing calculations.