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Kids can learn numbers and counting 0 to 9. The app includes the concept of zero –- zero is nothing –- as well, emphasizing the values behind numbers rather than the rote memorization of merely counting. As in Montessori-inspired approaches, kids explore and discover each number and the activities that go with it. There are a few verbal instructions, but most of the activities are discovery-based. There is also little direct feedback. Parents who value combining Montessori principles with the convenience of technology will appreciate Montessori Numberland.
Ease of Play
The app encourages kids to explore as they learn their numbers. As kids tap different places on the screen, they will uncover activities and surprises. The interface is very intuitive and well-designed for preschoolers. However, the app has one glitch associated with the main screen newsletter signup box: when the box is tapped to type in an email address, it isn't possible to turn off the keyboard without either submitting a valid email address or quitting the game.
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On the main screen, there is a place to put your email address to sign up for a newsletter. Also, in the Note to Parents section, there are two links to the developers' websites.
Parents Need to Know
Parents needs to know that Montessori Numberland is an educational app that teaches kids the numbers 0 through 9 through counting, writing, and exploring. Each number has a story page that shows a boy and a girl in a different scene. Tapping the boy or the girl leads to an activity, and there are other tappable surprises on each page. Tapping the boy introduces kids to an activity where they can practice tracing a number. Tapping the girl leads to an activity where kids can count blocks. The game also asks players to do certain things, such as "Find the two cats." From the main screen, kids can also go to a Draw page where they can draw with colored pencils, and to a Count page that has them sort spindles into boxes until they have the correct number in each box. The app contains plenty of positive reinforcement. The education in this app is based on the Montessori method (learn through doing), which is thoroughly described in the Note to Parents on the main page.
Is It Any Good?
MONTESSORI NUMBERLAND is filled with beautiful and clever art and animation that gently guides kids through learning their numbers by counting and writing. The Montessori method gets kids to do the work in the app themselves. The voices encourage interaction with each scene. One tip listed in the Note to Parents is that if you change the language on your device, such as to French, the app will say the numbers in French.
The app has one bugaboo associated with the main screen newsletter signup box: when the box is tapped to type in an email address, it isn't possible to turn off the keyboard without either submitting a valid email address or quitting the game. You can still launch the game, but half of the game's options are covered up by the keyboard, so you can't get to them. Even with this glitch, this is a fabulous math app for young children.
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