Montessori Numberland

 
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Learning(i)

Learn first 10 digits by counting, writing, and playing.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app encourages kids to explore as they learn their numbers. As kids tap different places on the screen, they will uncover activities and surprises. The interface is very intuitive and well-designed for preschoolers. However, the app has one glitch 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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

On the main screen, there is a place to put your email address to sign up for a newsletter. Also, in the Note to Parents section, there are two links to the developers' websites.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy issues. Since the main screen has an option to enter an email address to sign up for a newsletter, kids may end up sending an email address to the developer.

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

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • initiative

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn numbers and counting 0 to 9 with the Montessori method that emphasizes the values behind numbers rather than rote memorization.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • initiative

Kids can learn numbers and counting 0 to 9. The app includes the concept of zero –- zero is nothing –- as well, emphasizing the values behind numbers rather than the rote memorization of merely counting. As in Montessori-inspired approaches, kids explore and discover each number and the activities that go with it. There are a few verbal instructions, but most of the activities are discovery-based. There is also little direct feedback. Parents who value combining Montessori principles with the convenience of technology will appreciate Montessori Numberland.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:November 14, 2013
Category:Education
Size:115.00 MB
Publisher:Les Trois Elles Interactive
Version:4.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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