November 9, 2019

Math is a language of the spirit. 

Really. 

When Montessori acknowledged that the tendency toward the construction of the mathematical mind was universal among human development, I don't think she meant rote memorization of times tables or the order of operations. We are...

November 8, 2019

Montessori adolescent environments are strikingly distinct from traditional Middle Schools. While traditional classrooms may be doubling down on homework, desks in rows and fifty-minute classrooms, Montessori Middle Schools recognize that the rapid and diverse physical...

November 7, 2019

If you think of the window of development between birth and age six as marked by the construction of labels for files in a cognitive file cabinet, the period between six and twelve is when children fill up those files. Children now are interested in learning to master...

November 6, 2019

The Math materials are an essential part of the Early Childhood classroom, designed to respond to what we understand about development at this age. Each lesson offers a single concept for the child to explore, presented concretely and elegantly, with self-correcting el...

November 5, 2019

You may have noticed the beautiful Math materials in Montessori early childhood and elementary classrooms. Enticing and elegant, a few minutes of exploration with these materials often help even experienced adults to better understand the relationships and principles o...

November 4, 2019

Look familiar? They should. The Number Rods follow almost the same initial presentation as the Red Rods, a perennial favorite in the Montessori classroom. While the Red Rods demonstrate the concept of length, the Number Rods use that same structure to introduce the chi...

May 27, 2019

You've probably enjoyed any number of geometric drawings your child has brought home from his or her use of the Metal Insets. The Metal Insets offer children ten different inset puzzles, each set within sturdy metal frames and representing common geometric shapes. Chil...

May 20, 2019

As children develop through early childhood, they are increasingly able to understand abstract ideas. This seems simple to adults, but the development of the ability to think abstractly is actually quite complex. Young children need concrete experiences with materials...

May 13, 2019

Long after a child has mastered the golden beads, when the sandpaper numbers are far behind her and the Bank Game is old hat, she'll discover the Multiplication Bead Board. The lesson is simple and direct: lay out the quantity of the multiplicand as many times as the m...

April 29, 2019

The Montessori Math materials are distinct for their ability to make concrete otherwise abstract concepts and, by doing so, to allow children to master mathematical concepts and relationships earlier than you may remember having learned them in school. Take the fractio...

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