Montessori Numbers - Math Activities for Kids

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Great math tool for motivated kids to explore.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The five activities are very simple and just require a lot of drag and drop.

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Consumerism

A small icon leads to other apps, but there's a child lock on it where parents must answer a math problem to access it.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Montessori Numbers is a set of math activities that follows the Montessori method of teaching. One tenet of Montessori schools is a hands-on approach, that movement is important for learning and cognition. So the Montessori curriculum involves a lot of objects that kids play with and use to build concepts. Montessori Numbers takes one specific set of objects, the blocks and number rods, and translates it to the digital world, using them in basic math activities that tap into counting and quantity. These activities are designed for kids to work with the materials. There is also a Building Game, which is less like a game and more like an opportunity for kids to explore and play with numbers on their own.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • grouping
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Highly engaging, as long as kids aren't looking for points or other overt rewards. For example, the "rewards" on the numbers tracing game are bright colorful animated graphics that appear as kids trace the lines. 

Learning Approach

Montessori Numbers uses visuals to represent numbers (and digits to represent the visuals), audio reinforcement, interaction, and lots of customizing choices to help kids learn.

Support

An excellent Parent Page provides explanations of the activities and background of Montessori method, as well as best-use advice. Pronunciations are given for numbers 0-1009 in American, British, or Australian accents.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • grouping
  • numbers

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Kids can learn to count and about numbers and quantity. The activities rely on the objects and number rods to show kids the relation between number and quantity. Kids can also choose to work with a specific range of numbers so they can personalize their learning. Working with the larger sets can allow kids to see more connections and even tap into addition or multiplication. For example, if the item is to put 40 objects in the area, then they can see that they can just put four 10-rods, and that 40 is just 10 four times. Overall, Montessori Numbers is a great way to expose kids to math in a meaningful way.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In Montessori Numbers, there are five activities. Four of the activities are a variation of one another where kids have to associate the numbers with the correct number of blocks and number rods, one is tracing. Kids can change the objects to depict more fun things like cupcakes and diamonds. Kids can also select the range of numbers they want to work with, which can go all the way up to 999.

Is it any good?

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Montessori Numbers does a great job of translating the Montessori method to the digital world. It allows kids to have that hands-on interaction with the blocks and number rods to help understand numbers and quantity. Number tracing adds more hands-on. It also captures the self-exploratory feel of Montessori schools.

However, the app will not appeal to everyone. These activities require a bit of self-motivation as they present a basic task, but no goal. While Montessori Numbers provides the content, the amount kids learn and the connections they make between the objects and math concepts are up to them.

Families can talk about...

  • Play along, and point out how kids can use the number rods (for example, they can count by 10s with the long rods instead of one at a time).

  • Create activities for kids to do in the Building Game.

  • Build up: As kids master the quantity activities, give them addition or subtraction problems to do with blocks and number rods.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:December 11, 2012
Category:Education
Size:54.60 MB
Publisher:L'Escapadou
Version:2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Educator and Parent Written bymorganahart June 15, 2013
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