Montessori Geometry

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Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Media
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Amazing starter geometry app is fun and comprehensive.

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Educational value

Kids can learn the building blocks of geometry -- shapes -- and how they relate to each other and the world on Montessori Geometry. For example, when kids place all the various sizes of the same shapes like a circle into a puzzle from the Geometry Cabinet, next they are instructed to tap 10 circles that make up buildings in a drawing to discover that it's a famous Russian city. As a result, kids are practicing critical thinking skills and building the concept of how shapes make up parts of a whole all while learning the names of specific shapes and shape families. This is a top-notch, interactive math education tool. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Montessori Geometry teaches kids to recognize and name shapes -- including difficult shapes, like a scalene acute angled triangle -- in ways that will be engaging for kids as young as kindergarten up through elementary school grades. Through matching and seek-and-find games, vocabulary exercises, beautiful 3-D images, and more, Montessori Geometry introduces shapes to kids in ways that help them make connections between them and the real world, such as how shapes make up buildings, or how a square is related to a cube.

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What's it about?

The main page contains: Geometry Cabinet; Games; 3D; Settings; Note to Parents; Glossary; and My Points. Tap Games and choose from Shapes or Match Them Up. There are four games under Shapes and three in Match Them Up. Kids earn points for correct answers. 3D shows shapes such as cubes and spheres. The glossary includes shape definitions; the Note to Parents is an in-depth explanation of teaching geometry; the two settings are for language and timer; and My Points keeps tab on a kid's points earned. Lots to choose from in a clean, simple layout.

Is it any good?

Montessori Geometry surprises with how much detailed math learning can be stuffed into such a fun package. There's everything from a fun find the shapes game embedded into the Geometry Cabinet that also takes kids around the world to famous places, to a 3D shapes feature that allows kids to look at shapes from all sides. In total, kids are introduced to six shape families with 23 shapes total in memorable, meaningful ways. The Note to Parents is also packed with helpful information for parents who want to know more about how effective, early-stages math learning happens. A brilliantly creative yet simple geometry app.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Point out shapes in your everyday surroundings, and encourage your kid to replicate shapes they see on this app using play dough or clay.

  • Read the excellent parent note to maximize the use of this app.

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For kids who love math

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