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Montessori Preschool

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Play mini-games for coins in multifaceted classroom.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice early literacy and math skills. Some games include basic geometry vocabulary and shapes identification, art, practical life skills, and geography.

Ease of Play

Easy to play. On-screen hand shows kids what to do. Certain step-by-step icons may be too small for some kids to recognize.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Kids earn coins to decorate their avatar and classroom. Subscription information parent-gate protected.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Montessori Preschool is a subscription-based app for kids ages 3 to 7 with activities designed by certified Montessori teachers. The activities in math, language, practical life, and art align with the fundamentals of the Montessori Method: self-correction, autonomy, self-confidence, and adaptability. Kids can learn numbers and basic math, practice handwriting and spelling, learn geometric shapes, feed a fish and clean its tank, and more. By completing activities, kids can earn coins and use them to decorate their classroom or dress their avatar. Subscriptions are $4.99/month or $39.99/year, and new games are added monthly. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared. 

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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 one-month free trial. Take the "school tour" to view the app's choices. Watch the on-screen hand display 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, 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?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, phonics, spelling
    Math: addition, numbers, sequences, shapes, subtraction
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (free 30-day trial then $4.99/month)
  • Release date: June 29, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 334.00 MB
  • Publisher: EDOKI ACADEMY
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up

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