Montessori Geometry

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Amazing starter geometry app is fun and comprehensive.

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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • shapes
  • geometry

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically
  • part-whole relationships

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Creative combination of seek-and-find games, vocabulary exercises, and beautiful images engage kids in making connections between shapes and and the real world. Lots to choose from in a clean, simple layout.

Learning Approach

As kids earn points for correct answers, they learn how shapes relate to each other and the world. About 10 activities help kids practice critical thinking skills and build concepts. 

Support

The glossary includes shape definitions, the Note to Parents is an in-depth explanation of teaching geometry, and My Points keeps tab on a kid's points earned. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • shapes
  • geometry

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • thinking critically
  • part-whole relationships

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. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:September 13, 2012
Category:Education
Size:40.50 MB
Publisher:Les Trois Elles Interactive
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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