What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.