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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Montessori Numbers - Math Activities for Kids: App Review #eduapp #ipad @lescapadou

  • Category: Education
  • Released: 15 August 2012
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 54.6 MB
  • Languages: English, French
  • Seller: pierre abel

Award-winning children’s app developer L’Escapadou announces the release of Montessori Numbers, an innovative app designed to help kids build solid math foundations. Based on the proven Montessori method, kids can now experiment with quantities and numerals, learn the names and visually understand how the decimal system works. The Montessori Numbers app focuses on numbers from 0-1000 and offers a sequence of guided activities that will help children reinforce their skills. 

My Review:

Zachary and I fell in LOVE with this app immediately!

If your child is learning numbers and their meaning, you will definitely want this app. My son is 2.5 years old and has no trouble recognizing numbers or counting objects up to 50. He also can "draw" lines from one numeral to the next in sequence. Honestly, I wasn't sure what the next logical step in mathematics was for him since he is so young, but he is a quick learner and surprises me every day.

This app put us on the right path to building a solid Math foundation.

Zachary went straight for Numbers 1-10 (he doesn't grasp the concept of units/bars yet) and had fun moving the beads to where they belong. He already recognizes and knows the names of numbers, but this activity helps him experiment with quantities. Watch the video below to see him in action!

All in all, not only is this a phenomenal math app, it has gorgeous graphics and the narrator's voice is soothing (a definite plus). The Developer says this app is for 3-7 year olds (it is rated 4+ in the App Store), but Zachary had no trouble with the beginner activities. He learns quickly and this app is an excellent teaching tool, so I will not be surprised when he moves on to more advanced things in the next week or so.

I would definitely give Montessori Numbers a five star rating. I can't wait to review L’Escapadou's Word Wizard and Montessori Crossword Apps!

From the Developer:

In the majority of public and private schools, children are given abstract symbols as the starting point to learn numbers. They are first taught to count out loud – usually in song format - while being shown how to write the numerals. The problem with this format is that recognizing and writing the numerals and counting to 10 doesn’t indicate an understanding of what the numbers mean.

Maria Montessori believed “what the hand does, the mind remembers”. By using concrete materials during the early, sensitive years, kids taught in a Montessori environment internalize the basic concepts of mathematics more easily. Montessori Numbers is inspired from several traditional Montessori activities and offers concrete hands-on learning materials that make abstract concepts clearer.

Montessori Numbers is designed to help build sound mathematical foundations in children aged 3-7 by using a concrete, visually significant material inspired from the Montessori methodology. Learn to understand quantities and numbers, learn the numerals and build numbers from 0 to 1000.

Montessori Numbers offers a sequence of guided activities that gradually help children reinforce their skills. The app can be used with children aged 3-7. Each activity offers several levels of increasing complexity. 1 - Experiment with quantities and learn their names 2 - Learn the numerals and their names 3 - Associate quantities with numerals 4 - Understand the decimal system 5 - Introduce addition and subtraction Montessori Numbers builds on the iPad’s touch feature, and uses verbal feedback for more efficient learning. The app can pronounce any number between 0 and 1009, and American, British and Australian voices are available. 

★Activities ★

➜ 1 to 20

This activity is designed to introduce numbers up to 10 - but since number names up to 20 are also difficult to memorize, we have added a special level for numbers from 11 to 20. There are 3 levels of difficulty: 0 to 5, 0 to 10 and 11 to 20.

➜ Quantity

In this activity, kids associate quantities to numbers by manipulating units, bars of 10, and squares of 100 to match a given number. As the game is started, an option allows you to hide the numerals to work specifically on the association of number names with quantities. The child can also touch placed beads to make the app count them, and touch numbers to hear their names.There are 3 levels of difficulty: 0 to 9, 10 to 99 and 100 to 999.

➜ Numerals

In this activity, number names are to be associated with numerals. As a number name is pronounced, kids are invited to find the corresponding numeral. Kids can freely experiment with numerals and hear the names associated with each numeral they build. The quantity representing the numbers built is also displayed to reinforce the association between quantity and numerals. There are 3 levels of difficulty: 0 to 9, 10 to 99 and 100 to 999.

➜ Numerals (from Quantity)

In this activity, a quantity is to be associated with a given numeral. The child must build the number that matches the quantity displayed. This is the most complex activity because the child must count the quantity displayed, and then build the number using the numerals. There are 3 levels of difficulty: 0 to 9, 10 to 99 and 100 to 999.

➜ Building Game:

A game can be started at the end of each activity (availability can be modified in the settings panel). There is no “real” goal to this game - kids can play freely with the materials, thus becoming more familiar with them. Kids can add any material and numeral they want, and build whatever they want.
By default, gravity is simulated and the child can even move the device to make the objects move. Touching the background will create lovely fireworks.

Common Core State Standards : This app will help your child in learning the following Common Core State Standards domains:

➜Counting and Cardinality (K.CC)
➜ Operations and Algebraic Thinking (K.OA, 1.OA.1/2/5) (note that even if operations are implicit in this app, the child learns addition and subtraction by adding and removing beads, and learn strategies to add and subtract mentally)
Number and Operations in Base Ten (K.BNT,1.NBT.1/2/4/5/6, 2.NBT.1/2/3/5/8/9, 3.NBT.1/2). The app is great to deal with place value.

Pricing and Availability:

Montessori Numbers is $2.99 USD and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

Love, Renee


Minding Spot said...

Looks like a fun and educational app! Thanks for sharing :)

Deanna - Mommygaga said...

My son loves educational ipad apps, he's headed to kindergarten so this is perfect!

Trisha said...

This looks like such a fun app! I love that it's only $2.99! Thanks for sharing =)

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

What a fun and inexpensive app. I love it!

From PDX with Love said...

I've been on the look for this type of apps! It looks like something my boys would truly enjoy! Thanks foe the review!

Melissa + Tiffany @ Home Grown Families said...

i will have to buy this! i love Montessori!

Debbie McConnell said...

My grand daughter would love this app.