What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
This app is filled with beautiful, clever animation, and voices that encourage interaction with each scene. The Montessori method gets kids to do the work themselves. The interface is intuitive and well-designed.
Kids can learn numbers and counting 0 to 9 with the Montessori method that emphasizes the values behind numbers rather than rote memorization.
There are a few verbal instructions, but most of the activities are discovery-based. The developers encourage parents to trust their kids' instincts as they discover and explore the numbers in the app.
What's it about?
Kids will explore numbers 0 to 9, including the secret of zero. They will count spindles by dragging the right number of spindles into each numbered box. They will draw numbers (or just free draw.) And the will interact and discover each number as they PLAY 123. The developers, in their letter to parents, stress that the Montessori method encourages kids to discover learning. The developers encourage parents to trust their kids' instincts as they discover and explore the numbers in the app.
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.
Families can talk about...
Be sure to read the note to parents for ideas on maximizing the app's teaching potential.
After kids have mastered numbers in their native language, encourage them to play the app in the other languages available (Spanish and French).
Count everything, just as kids do in the app, to reinforce numbers and values.