A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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What's it about?
To play MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL, create a user account for your kid and then tap the Play icon. Sign up for the seven-day free trial. Tap on a learning category to find a game in math, literacy, shapes and colors, drawing, Chinese, code and logic, nursery rhymes, music, or practical life. Watch the on-screen hand display and listen to instructions when available to learn what to do in each activity. Swipe and tap to complete math, reading and writing, arts, or practical life exercises including letter tracing, counting, and watering plants. In writing exercises, choose from print, script, or lowercase or uppercase letters.
Is it any good?
This app will be a fun learning experience, whether or not your kid is familiar with Montessori-style education. Most mini-games on Montessori Preschool include elements that are clearly Montessori-inspired: playing the I Spy game, using cards to match beginning letter sounds, manipulating the golden beads in math, and working on practical life skills in the classroom. What's not typically Montessori is the point rewards that kids earn to purchase items on this app, but they were included to compensate for the lack of adult feedback that would be the norm in a real Montessori classroom. Also, since this app is meant to be used regularly by kids over a long period of time, the points and store enable kids to customize their preschool and make it their own. Since some of the step-by-step instruction icons in the practical life activities are so tiny, it may be hard for some kids to discern what they represent. Overall, however, this is a great collection of educational activities that will grow with your child.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the categories of mini-games on Montessori Preschool. Does your kid seem to gravitate to one section of games more than others? Encourage them to try all of the categories to make the experience as close to a real-life Montessori classroom as an app can get.
Find ways to translate these on-screen mini-games into hands-on activities. For example, use finger paint to mix the same colors as in the color mixing game.
Talk about the points-for-play reward system on the app. Would this game be just as fun if you didn't get coins? Why or why not?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, phonics, spelling
Math: addition, geometry, numbers, sequences, shapes, subtraction
Arts: drawing, music
- Skills: Tech Skills: coding
Health & Fitness: balanced diet, hygiene and self care
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (Limited content available with free download. To unlock everything, subscribe at $6.99/month or $59.99/year. Free 7-day trial available.)
- Release date: March 4, 2020
- Category: Education
- Topics: STEM, Music and Sing-Along, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 527.00 MB
- Publisher: EDOKI ACADEMY
- Version: 3.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: September 29, 2020
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