Intro to Math, by Montessorium

Common Sense Media says

Early math presented in varied and interesting ways.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Intro to Math, by Montessorium is generally easy enough for kids to figure out without instruction. There are, however, a couple of places in which a little bit of explanation would have been helpful. Trial-and-error is, we suppose, part of the process, though.

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This app does not collect personal data. Go to the developer's website to read the Privacy Policy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Intro to Math, by Montessorium is an early education math lesson taught through the game-like manipulation of objects on the screen. Kids are presented with several different approaches to numbers: The number three for example, may be represented by the numeral 3, three dots, or a stick three segments long. Kids move the items around and place them in various orders. Eventually the different representations of the numbers are mixed and integrated with one another.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • sequences
  • counting
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • applying information

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The orderly activties are placed in a beautifully designed app, and provide just enough challenge to keep very young kids engaged in learning numbers 0 to 9.

Learning Approach

Intro to Math combines highly regarded teaching methods and simple, colorful virtual tools with a variety of interactive activities for a solid learning experience.

Support

Clear verbal instructions lead kids through each activity, and visual and musical clues offer guidance and hints. Choose from multiple languages for instructions.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • sequences
  • counting
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • applying information

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn numbers, counting, quantities, and sequencing in Intro to Math, by Montessorium. With the Montessori approach, kids try multiple ways of connecting abstract math concepts to real-world examples. They also develop thinking and reasoning skills as they progress through each activity. Intro to Math, by Montessorium combines highly regarded teaching methods with an engaging app design for a solid learning experience.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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What's it about?

Kids interact with virtual colored rods, numeral cards, counters, and sandpaper numbers -- all represeting actual tools used for teaching early math skills in Montessori settings. Five activities promote learning numbers and counting through play and exploration. Kids drag rods of different lengths, match numerals to quantities, put numbers and quantities in order, and trace number symbols. Audio narration leads kids through each activity, and visual clues offer guidance and hints.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Intro to Math, by Montessorium has both a gorgeous design aesthetic and a wonderfully varied approach to early arithmetic. Kids won't get bored by drills as they trace numerals, count dots, stack bars of different lengths, and so on. The app's diversity is a great way to keep very young kids interested, and the more they play around with the app, the more likely it is that the number concepts will be carried over into preschool or kindergarten.

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage kids to follow through with an entire activity before moving to the next; some activities have multiple parts that build on one another.

  • Practice numbers, quantities, counting, and sequencing with your child using real counters, numeral cards, numbered rods, and sandpaper numbers.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:December 11, 2013
Category:Education
Size:90.40 MB
Publisher:Montessorium, LLC
Version:2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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