Montessori Counting Board

Common Sense Media says

Good practice when parents tailor settings for kids.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play, although it's important that parents set the app to the appropriate number range and mode for the player's age and knowledge of numbers up to 20. Parents also can easily change other settings.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A "More Apps" tab on the main screen links to recommended apps for purchase.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No personal information required to play this app. The developer's general privacy policy can be found on its website.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Montessori Counting Board is a learn-to-count app that uses visual number tiles, colored squares, and verbal reinforcement to help kids learn numbers up to 20. Parents can and should tailor the app to the child's age and knowledge by tweaking settings such as number range.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

All five modes use the same plain, colored, square tiles to represent objects that correspond with each digit. Settings, including a record-your-own-voice option, may help boost engagement. Constant praise may grow annoying.

Learning Approach

Kids learn by tapping or dragging the tiles to reveal numbers and then seeing and hearing the numbers 1 to 20. Kids can practice counting up or down or by tapping cards in random order (numbers may appear out of order in that mode).

Support

Tap on the "i" tab on the main page, and a Need Help? page appears. At the time of this review, the only instructions that appear are for the app Counting Bear, which is a similar app by the same developer.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Kids can learn numbers and counting up to 20, both up and down. Numeral tiles and corresponding colored squares help kids visualize what the numerals mean, and kids also will hear numerals pronounced out loud. The mode in which numbers can appear out of order may confuse kids new to counting, but that's one mode out of five. Montessori Counting Board can offer decent early counting practice with the appropriate settings enabled.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

MONTESSORI COUNTING BOARD has five play modes: Learn to Count, Learn to Count Up, Learn to Count Down, Drag to Count Up, or Drag to Count Down. In the basic Learn to Count mode, kids tap any tile they see, and the number appears; as a result, sometimes numbers are placed out of order on the screen. For example, the board may show tiles in the order of 1, 2, 5, 4, 3 if a kid taps the tiles in that order. In the other modes, kids hear an error sound if they choose numbers out of numeric order. Settings include game sounds, success messages (such as "Good Job!"), number range, and more. Parents also can record their own voices for a personalized numbers-learning experience.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

For Montessori Counting Board to be effective, it's important that parents set the appropriate number range and mode for the player's age and current understanding of numbers and counting in numeric order. The mode in which numbers can appear out of order (depending upon where the player taps) may confuse very young users and kids new to counting. The colored tiles representing each numeral corresponding with the correct number of individual squares is clearly Montessori-inspired, but the constant and nonspecific praise seems especially out of step with typical Montessori style (although that can be removed in settings). Parents looking for a more Montessori method-based app can find other math apps much more aligned with the spirit of the method. Still, Montessori Counting Board can offer fine counting practice for very young kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Adjust the settings to maximize engagement (add your voice or your kid's voice), and limit the number range to your kid's current learning level.

  • Count everyday items, such as raisins, Cheerios, and peas, up to 20.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:January 20, 2012
Category:Education
Size:16.90 MB
Publisher:Grasshopper Apps
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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